The Dragon Prince

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Captivating fantasy tale has positive themes, broad appeal.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 83 reviews

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age 7+

Character Development is off the charts!

I've read through a lot of negative reviews and I get where y'all are coming from. As a Christian, I too don't understand the push to normalize homosexuality. HOWEVER, if you truly take a look at the overall story, that is not what the focus of the show is. Focusing on this one factor of the show and deciding not to watch the rest is throwing out the baby with the bath water. This show is more than that footnote. The characters are not one note, they have arcs that show their growth as individuals. The main themes are about friendship, not assuming the worst of others, that shortcuts to get what you want always have a cost. Perhaps what I appreciate most about the show is that the characters don't fall into the common miscommunication tropes presented in other children's shows. For instance, Reyla tries to tell the boys about their father's murder and can't bring herself to say it. When Callum finds out the news from an old friend of his, he's hurt that Reyla didn't tell him sooner. When Callum goes to tell his little brother the terrible truth, he finds he can't do it either. Callum returns to Reyla and apologizes immediately for being upset with her earlier, because now he fully understands how she felt. There's not an entire episode dragging the issue out. As for the LGBT representation provided to "normalize" it, these are pretty lame characters to do it with. They are bland stock characters who do not drive the plot, make poor decisions (two queens of a kingdom and BOTH of them have to die? One couldn't survive to rule?), and are only in the show to provide meaningless"diversity". If you stopped in the middle of season 2 because of that particular episode, you are missing out on the rest of a great show. Season 3 really kicks it into high gear! A realistic romance blossoms, political manipulation ensues, a character makes a major decision to switch sides, and one of the most diabolical villains in any kids' show is fully unleashed. If the sexual references bother you ("REALLY into sandwiches", "Boring dream", blantant kissing) really bothers you, please just talk it over with your kids. Explain why you believe differently in a way your kids can understand. You can't sheild them from everything, but you can explain things to them. Kids are not fragile, don't treat them as such. It's like the dinosaur scene in Fantasia: was it confusing to watch as a kid? Yes. Did my mom explain it to the best of her ability? Yes. Did I move on and enjoy the rest of the show? Yes! When I have kids and they are ready to watch the show, I will be there to guide them through the worst parts. Please, use good judgement and enjoy the rollercoaster ride this wonderful show has to offer!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 14+

Ok Seires, But...

It's an ok flick but, not one of the greats. Has a slow start and lacks a bit of substance in the first 2 seasons like Voltron and Avatar the Last air Bender. Things start picking up in the third season which has a happy ending but at the same time creates a suspenseful premise for season 4. As for the Slippery slop, if you don't mind an adult with candy, (the cartoon being the candy in this case) walking up to your kid and starting a conversation you might have to finish with your kids, that might turn awkward or uncomfortable, then there shouldn't be a problem. Truth is, they will find out sooner or later, its the world we leave in so better get it out in the open so that they don't go off experimenting or being influenced by public opinion that seems to be a force to recon with these days!
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