I love “My Father’s Dragon” and I wish more children’s media took this approach. Animations are always fresh, lively and full of personality, while maintaining a unique style. It looked like it was ripped from the pages of a children’s book, and that’s a big part of the charm. The sequences are both creative and evocative, and there’s a twist here that really compliments the admittedly basic story. The plot is predictable – based on a children’s novel written in the 40s, so that’s to be expected – but Twomey finds a way to build on that, reinforcing themes of interest. , friendship and personal responsibility. It’s a gently personal journey that Elmer takes, one that moves away from current conventions while remaining very traditional.
“My Father’s Dragon” exudes kindness. There’s a clear moral center to the film, clear and simple for kids to understand, all without really villainizing any particular character. This is what really elevates the seemingly simple story of being deceived into something remarkable; “My Father’s Dragon” creates some honest, related characters in a very short time, demonstrating how different interests and perspectives can lead to conflict. It is surprisingly mature in that respect, and manages to subtly solve this problem without resorting to preaching.
Tremblay is brilliant as Elmer. The young actor has proven himself in films like “Wonder”, “Luca” and “My Father’s Dragon” continuing this trend. Matarazzo is also surprisingly strong as Boris. His characteristic hoarse voice befits the restless young dragon. Both actors aren’t given much to work on in terms of drama, but there are some very tender moments between them and their chemistry is strong. For me, Ian McShane as the fearsome Saiwa is the obvious standout. The veteran actor gave a performance that I would side with Jeremy Irons as Scar in “The Lion King” or even George Sanders as the creepy, original Shere Khan in “Jungle Book 1967.” . There’s a gentle wisdom in Saiwa’s baritone growl that really distinguishes him from McShane’s other cartoon villains (Captain Hook in “Shrek the Third” or Tai Lung in “Kung Fu Panda”). “).
“My Father’s Dragon” is a light-hearted story. It’s fun and engaging, but that’s not what most kids expect from movies these days – and dare I say it, parents? I don’t expect many kids to watch this ad nauseam movie over and over again like “Paw Patrol” or “Frozen.” Animation lovers, especially fans of Studio Ghibli and/or Cartoon Network shows like “Steven Universe”, will appreciate the artistry. And that in itself is an achievement for Netflix Animation.
/ Movie Rating: 8 out of 10
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