'How to Train Your Dragon'
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson
Directors: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
Rated: PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language.
Parent Concerns: Young children sensitive to creatures and cartoon violence may be frightened by the dragon battle scenes, like the one that opens the movie. There are lots of weapon-wielding Vikings running around fighting various fire-breathing dragons that wreak havoc on the fictional island of Berk. The 3D intensifies the action, and in a couple of scenes my 5 1/2-year-old daughter had to close her eyes, because a humongous dragon looked like it was about to kill a beloved character. Speaking of which, a couple of characters are amputees from facing off with dragons. On the flip side, there's a wonderful heroine named Astrid, who is just as brave (if not more so) than her male peers, and a strong theme of peace, collaboration and honesty.
categories Family Film Guide