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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Dragon Prince is a beautifully rendered epic animated fantasy about two humans and their elfin friend who join forces to stop a war that's building between their two kingdoms. This is a thoughtful, clever story filled with unexpected villains, sabotage, and unpredictable action that will appeal to a range of ages. While there is a fair amount of violence and weapon use during battle scenes, nothing graphic is shown in combat or in death. Adults sometimes disappoint with their sense of right and wrong, but the three young protagonists stand for altruism, honesty, and integrity.
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What's the story?
In THE DRAGON PRINCE, war brews between the magical kingdom of Xadia and the human one after the humans use dark magic to kill the Dragon King and destroy his only egg. Hoping to protect his sons from the Moonshadow Elves dispatched to assassinate him, King Harrow (voiced by Luc Roderique) orders Princes Callum (Jack De Sena) and Ezran (Sasha Rojen) to flee the castle to safety. When they encounter a kind elf named Rayla (Paula Burrows) and together make a stunning discovery about the egg and its Dragon Prince, they join forces and vow to stop the coming war. But with enemies at every turn and neither side willing to listen, Callum, Ezran, and Rayla face a battle of their own in saving their kingdoms.
Is it any good?
Brimming with mysticism, action, and suspense, this engrossing series grabs your attention and doesn't let go. The similarities to Avatar: The Last Airbender -- masterful storytelling, multidimensional characters, mature drama -- aren't surprising, given creator Aaron Ehasz's involvement in the project. The result is a beautifully rendered animated series with numerous fascinating characters that get more and more interesting with each new revelation.
At the heart of The Dragon Prince is a rebellious (in a good way) trio of tweens/teens who, in the midst of the chaos of battles for power, discover the truth and decide its protection is worth risking their lives. This puts them at odds with most of their superiors and contradicts everything they've been told about each other, but they set aside their differences and fight the good fight. Those who watch will find this addictive story rich in themes like heeding the call of duty, following your instinct, seeing past differences, and being courageous.
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Families can talk about the presence of role models in The Dragon Prince. Who among the adults would you say is a role model? What positive character strengths, like courage, do you recognize in that person? Does your opinion change as the story unfolds and we learn more about him or her? What influence does greed for power have on the characters?
Is it OK to do something wrong if your intentions are right? Which characters face this kind of dilemma? Whose actions do you most admire when confronted with a difficult choice?
How much do first impressions affect our relationships with people? What accounts for Callum's and Rayla's ability to disregard what they're expected to think of each other? How does their ability to do so help their respective kingdoms?
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