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Ronja, the Robber's Daughter

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Beautiful book adaptation with exceptional female lead.

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age 7+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 10+

Wait until your kids are older or just skip episode 15

This is a fantastic production that lives up to the Ghibli studio's reputation. We are highly enjoying it but are grateful that we were warned about episode 15. In it, Ronja's father and his men beat up a 10 year old boy. He is shown bound in fetal position, half-conscious and badly bruised. The men stand around him laughing. I don't understand how Common Sense Media missed this horribly violent part of this series. Yes, the story-line is well written, the art is beautiful and there is a strong female character. All of this is ruined by episode 15 if you are caught unaware.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
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age 7+

Fantastic TV show

I love that this is my daughter's favorite show. We didn't have anything of this quality when I was growing up. Ronja and her friend Birk are wonderful, interesting characters. Birk's kindness to Ronja, and Ronja's bravery in standing up for Birk, are absolutely heart gripping. We're allowed to have spoilers here, right? I assume you want to know whether your kids can handle certain details. Well, when my daughter first tried the show, she had to stop when Ronja's father cruelly kidnapped Birk. She had been enjoying the father character as a hot-headed goofball until he took it WAY too far, to say the least. She didn't come back to it for a year, but now, it's her favorite. That's why I say age seven. It could even be older, but my daughter loves this type of character and animation, so she is motivated to tolerate the more difficult scenes.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
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Narrated by Gillian Anderson, this internationally celebrated series is beautifully crafted around an exceptional young female character in Ronja. Though the details of her upbringing and family life among a band of robbers seem contradictory to the principled, empathetic girl she becomes, you quickly forget about the characters' questionable livelihood and focus instead on the image they create of family, community, and loyalty. As the beneficiary of her environment, Ronja emerges as an expressive, opinionated girl willing to stick out her neck for what she believes is right, even when it challenges her elders' beliefs.

Ronja, the Robber's Daughter is a methodical, almost relaxing series to watch because of the patient pace of the story, the sweeping scenery, and the stirring music that bridges dialogue. There's nothing rushed about this tale, allowing you to settle in and fully appreciate the expert animation and vivid storytelling that bring this popular book to life.

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