Have you ever read the book My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett? It's a beloved classic book that has inspired this sweet animated film being released on Netflix this November 11th and has also inspired this mom's simple, honest and spoiler free movie review.
From five-time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Academy Award®-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), comes an exquisite film inspired by the Newbery-honored children’s book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett. Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer's adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.
My Personal Review
As with any kid's movie I always pay close attention to the message the movie is trying to portray. Those little eyes and ears are always paying more attention than we may think sometimes. In this movie My Father's Dragon, written by Meg LeFauve and Directed by Nora Twomey, you'll find lessons about the importance of accepting, admitting and working though your fears through main character Elmer. As well as those of accepting new realities and the importance of friendships. It's visuals are definitely targeted towards a younger audience but the lessons are some we can all relate to regardless of age. My 10 year old daughter appreciated the animal characters, specifically Boris the young dragon, once you see the movie you'll quickly realize why. My daughter and I were both able to point out the lessons learned in this film, which I think speaks volumes about how well the film presented these valuable lessons to the younger audience. Would I recommend it, absolutely! It's a sweet movie everyone can enjoy.
Take a peek down below to see the official Netflix trailer!
Netflix release date is November 11th so mark your calendars. It's the perfect family movie to watch this long weekend! Don't have Netflix yet? You can sign up here
Talk to you later!