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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday sees the brave Dragons: Rescue Riders characters attempting to save their beloved holiday from certain ruin as a series of weather-related catastrophes befall the town. The story centers on a fictitious winter holiday with similarities to some Christmas traditions, but the generic nature of the celebration itself keeps the story's focus on seasonal gifts like kindness, generosity of spirit, inclusivity, and friendship rather than on the markings of any specific holiday. The story can inspire viewers to learn about other cultural celebrations aside from their own, which encourages respect for diversity.
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What's the story?
For years, Odinyule has been the favorite holiday of the Viking residents of Huttsgalor. As it approaches this season, everyone looks forward to celebrating, and Leyla (voiced by Brennley Brown) and Dak (Nicolas Cantu) are filled with excitement as Chief Duggard (Carlos Alazraqui) teaches them about the town’s Odinyule traditions for the first time. But when some mysterious weather threatens to ruin the festivities before they even get started, the Rescue Riders set off to find the source and to help save the holiday celebration for Huttsgalor’s residents and some new friends.
Is it any good?
No matter the holiday, it's common traditions of kindness, generosity, hospitality, and warmth of spirit that unite different celebrations. In Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday, those elements play out in both the characters' interactions and in their determination to solve the mystery that presents itself. Leyla and Dak and their dragon friends refuse to sit idly by when a series of calamities puts their neighbors' cherished holiday in jeopardy, and when the culprits are found, they go the extra mile to help them as well. In true holiday spirit, the characters' efforts prove that kindness always warms even the chilliest of hearts.
Huttsgalor's Odinyule traditions introduce the idea of cultural celebrations that are different from a family's own. As the story evolves, viewers will see elements of Christmas traditions work their way into the Vikings' revamped holiday as well, which is a fun twist. In that way, the story reminds us that while old traditions are wonderful to have and a means of familiarity with our family heritages, there's also joy in creating new ones together as families grow and friendships change.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the similarities and differences between Odinyule traditions and those of their own holiday celebrations. How do Odinyule traditions reflect the Viking culture and where they live? What are some of your family’s favorite traditions around the holiday season?
How are new friendships important to the Huttsgalor Holiday characters’ enjoyment of the holiday? In what ways do different characters demonstrate kindness and generosity to each other in this story? How does it make you feel to be kind to others? Is this especially important around the holidays?
What examples of courage and determination do you see in the characters of this story? How do those character strengths help save Huttsgalor’s holiday? How might things have been different if Leyla and Dak didn’t see their mission through to its end?
- Premiere date: November 24, 2020
- Cast: Brennley Brown, Nicolas Cantu, Carlos Alazraqui
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Holidays
- Character strengths: Courage, Perseverance
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: April 7, 2021
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