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Parents need to know that Jane and the Dragon is an excellent computer-animated series 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?
Full of humor and excellent messages, this series 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.
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Families can talk about Jane's challenges as she grows up and navigates her social world in Jane and the Dragon. 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?
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