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Five for Families: Family films featuring dragons

Posted August 13

In movies, dragons can play the part of a fire-breathing foe or a friendly beast. In anticipation of the release of Disney's "Pete's Dragon" remake this weekend, here are five dragon-friendly films for families to consider.

iTunes: 'Pete's Dragon'

The 1977 Disney musical "Pete's Dragon" combines animation with live action. Pete, an orphan on the run from his abusive adoptive family, is joined by his only friend Elliott, a green dragon. The two are taken in by a kind lighthouse keeper and her father, but Pete's adoptive parents are in pursuit, and a corrupt doctor wants Elliott for medicinal purposes. Common Sense Media says the film has a "number of positive takeaways" including a good story that contains "a certain sweetness" with a good message "about finding love and security in a crazy world." The website also warns there are scenes of extravagant drinking and comical fight scenes. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Mulan'

A young woman, accompanied by her dragon, secretly enlists in the Chinese army and works to become an effective soldier. MovieGuide.org refers to "Mulan" as a “visually striking, funny, exciting and very moving” film, stating that it “clearly has a strong moral worldview that upholds the importance of family, courage, self-sacrifice, responsibility, honor, freedom and country.” The film is rated G. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

iTunes: 'How to Train Your Dragon'

Hiccup, a clumsy Viking, is determined to join the fight against the dragons that invade his village. He creates a device that brings down a dragon but instead of killing the injured dragon, the two work to end the feud. MovieGuide.org calls the film "funny, entertaining, exciting and heart-warming family fun" with a "hero who is constantly willing to sacrifice for others." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Dragonheart'

A knight befriends the last of the dragons and the two begin to scam villagers until they decide to stop an evil king who shares a heart with the dragon. Common Sense Media says the fantasy film portrays "an enchanting place where dragons roam and knights follow codes of chivalry" and has messages about "loyalty, duty and social responsibility" where "characters must come to terms with their decisions." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 13 and older.

iTunes: 'Eragon'

A young farm boy finds a dragon egg and takes it home, not knowing that by doing so he is chosen to fulfill the ancient prophecy and liberate his people. Parent Previews says the "fantasy tale is more than just a classic epic of good versus evil," adding that the film "is a reminder that fulfilling your destiny isn't dependent on having all the answers. Sometimes you just have to grab the saddle by the horn and hang on." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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