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What to know: Excellent storyline, is well written and I know everyone will enjoy this entertaining film as much as I did.
Recommended age 7-12
80 minutes
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Looking for a great hunting story to enjoy? Well then this animated film is for you. This animated film is about a vastly changed world made up of many floating islands, where the two main rules are: eat and don't get eaten. These islands are infested with mutant dragons, which is where the two main characters come in: Gwizdo (Rob Pausen) and Lian-Chu (Forest Whitaker), who are dragon hunters. When these two meet a little girl named Zoe (Mary Matilyn Mouser), she takes them to her rich uncle, Lord Arnold, who sends them on a mission to kill the World Eater, a horrifying dragon that returns every 30 years and wreaks terror and destruction. This dragon hunt sends Zoe, Gwizdo and Lian-Chu and a great adventure. Will they be able to kill the mighty dragon once and for all before it's too late? You will just have to watch and find out. My favorite character is Hector, the small blue dog-like pet of Gwizdo and Lian-Chu. I like Hector because he is an adorable little creature and he was so unbelievably hilarious. My favorite scene is the scene when Gwizdo starts going insane. I like this scene because it is so funny and hilarious how he freaks Hector and Zoe out. The animation in this film is very well done. For example, the various dragons are very cool and realistic, as are the different characters in this film. The action sequences are thrilling, thanks to the excellent CGI effects. The voice over work is excellent and the different personalities, really come through from the different voices. This animated film has an excellent storyline, is well written and I know everyone will enjoy this entertaining film as much as I. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars because it is very enjoyable, fantastic, and entertaining. I think this film is for ages 6 and up because I know that the younger children might become very afraid in some of the action sequences, but other kids will enjoy the story and the action packed adventure that the three main characters go on. Look for this and other great films on HDNet movies KidScene this month. Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Screening throughout December 2012 on HDNet Movies - kidScene. Originally released in 2008. Very enjoyable, well paced, holds your interest throughout. Excellent animation quality. Lovely animation and music. Some of the challenges faced by the dragon hunters were clever, like the Jim Bob dragons who were electrical and the red cloud apparition that flew apart then back together and caused our heroes all kinds of problems. The character of Lian Chu was most admirable and the others were quite likable, but stooped to some negative behavior to accomplish their goals. Younger children could easily be frightened by the dragons and the "peril," but older kids would be very interested in the journey of the four characters in their quest to rid their land of the "world gobbler." The ideals of courage, goodness and a pure heart are promoted, but only attempted by Lian Chu. There was some name calling by several of the main characters. Zoe runs away from her guardian and steals from him. This behavior is not really dealt with and could be a topic of discussion between parents and children. Wonderful animations. Many of the characters are modeled with a huge torso and small legs that makes them look. funny. Zoe is very petite and her mannerisms very girlish, almost pixie like. The world they lived in is interesting with floating stones, islands and villages. The music has an eastern, almost oriental quality that fits the story quite well. This film is very entertaining, encourages cooperation and puts a high value on friendship and the belief that good can vanquish evil.
The world has become a vast conglomerate of islands of varying size and shape. This babbling universe is mainly populated with ruthless rogues, surly peasants and illiterate, petty lords. Their main concerns revolve around two fundamental rules: Eat and don't get eaten. For this new world has become infested with a terrible plague: omnipresent, monstrously famished, mutant creatures, are wreaking havoc - They are known as the Dragons. Gwizdo and Lian-Chu are two dragon hunters, but are a long way from being among the best. Their only real talents: the size of the hulking brute with the heart of gold, Lian-Chu, and Gwizdo's talent for scams of all and any shape or form. Their sole ambition: to buy a little farm where they can relax and raise mussels, a creature that is a lot less unpleasant and difficult to hunt down than dragons. A few islands away rises the fortress of Lord Arnold. Director: Guillaume Ivernel & Arthur Qwak; Starring Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit and Phillippe Nahan.
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