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Jane and the Dragon

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Medieval adventure is a soaring delight.
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Educational value

Not curriculum-based, but kids will pick up life lessons about topics like teamwork and cooperation.

Positive messages

The show promotes positive social messages/themes such as friendship, loyalty, and forgiveness.

Positive role models

Jane pushes the boundaries of expectations and is a positve role model for girls.

Violence & scariness

As a would-be knight, Jane carries (and knows how to use) a sword.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this excellent computer-animated series is set in medieval England. Although the main character is supposed to become a lady-in-waiting, she decides that she wants to be a knight instead and befriends a dragon. Jane is a strong, independent female role model, and the show's themes of friendship, loyalty, and forgiveness make it great for young grade-schoolers.

What's the story?

Based on Martin Baynton's storybooks, JANE AND THE DRAGON may lack the fantasy violence of other cartoons, but it certainly doesn't lack action. That's because main character Jane (voiced by Tajja Isen) is a spirited young girl who'd rather play with her friends and patrol her kingdom with her dragon (Adrian Truss) than fuss about and learn what's expected of a young woman in medieval times. Jane grows up in the confines of the royal court, where it's her destiny to become a lady-in-waiting. But thanks to a little determination (some might even call it stubbornness), she proves herself and joins the King's Knight Guard. The adventures that follow are full of lessons in bravery, conflict resolution, and patience that build Jane's character and teach her about the realities of growing up.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Full of humor and excellent messages, Jane and the Dragon offers girls a fantastic role model who's smart, confident, and has big dreams -- and the determination to chase after them. With its lovable characters, engaging story lines, and wit reminiscent of the Shrek series, Jane and the Dragon may capture the attention of the entire family.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Jane's challenges as she grows up and navigates her social world. Have you ever had to pick sides among friends? What caused the problem? What was your solution?

  • Younger kids can also talk about the show's plot points. What happened in this episode? What did the characters learn?

TV details

Premiere date:October 6, 2005
Cast:Adrian Truss, Tajja Isen
Networks:ION, NBC, qubo
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters, Friendship, Great girl role models
Character strengths:Courage, Integrity
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written byMLW - Jane Rocks! August 5, 2011

Jane - A wonderful heroine for children 2-92!

Jane and the Dragon is one of my favourite childrens series. I have all the DVD's. Jane is an inspiring role model for my two girls 8 & 10. She is funny, strong, kind, thoughtful and fair. The storyline is interesting and provides just the right mix of excitement and a little moralising. Well done Weta Workshop and Nelvana. At last a story that doesn't scream at you with banal, smart semi adult remarks that put people down. This is a sensitive, subtle story that appeals to all ages. The music is great. Jane is a heroine to be reckoned with!!! Big fan!!!
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Parent of a 5 year old Written bybutswana September 26, 2009
my oldest grandson likes dragons, so he already hooked. and Jane being a girl ,as long as she's strong,fearless,and can stick with the boys she's in....At five.she is another playmate as far as he's concern. But he seems to like the little adventures that they go through more when the dragon appears. I sit with him when he's at my house and we watch it together, I must say I like the stories myself ,I wouldn't change not one thing.This kind of show lets kids see both sides of the coin.You can then ask questions on how or what your child feelings are about the situations.We have talks about what we just saw almost after every show. And it helps him solve his own problems,I have notice by something he already seen on a show. So keep up the great job your doing and keep the dragon alive for my son please.(smile) He may not grasp everything that goes on in the show but he will ask me what does that mean,when he don't get it..
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Parent of a 2, 4, and 5 year old Written byacolback April 15, 2011
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