… I don’t know why I watched this in the first place… I was bored… It was on my “Recommended” list on netflix…
“Purporting to be gallant dragon hunters, con artists Lian-Chu and Gwizdo agree to take on the fearsome World Gobbler in the hopes of collecting a huge reward. Fortunately, the brave niece of a real dragon hunter is on hand to give them pointers.”
That is a bad description. The story is about Lian-Chu and Gwuizdo, two men who slay dragons for petty cash (which they are usually cheated out of) in the hopes of saving enough to buy a farm. They save a little girl from dragons in the hopes that her uncle, a Lord, can pay them for the trouble. The uncle offers them an exorbitant amount of gold in exchange for them to slay the World Gobbler, a monstrous black dragon that rises every 40 years and destroys whole towns and villages in their world where all the land floats (think “Avatar”, but there is no ground beneath the floating mountains). They agree on the condition he give them a bag of gold as pre-payment, with the rest to follow once they are done. He agrees and his niece, who he is cruel and uncaring towards, runs away with the hunters. Their goal was to take the money and just run with it, since the small bag of gold would buy them a good farm, but with the little girl in tow, and their route back to the Lord’s palace destroyed by a dragon, they have no choice but to go forward and seek out the end of the world and the World Gobbler sleeping there.
This is animated, so I’m not going to break down acting and directing.
Apparently this is an English adaptation of a French movie, so it’s dubbed, basically. Which explains a lot about the little girl. Her looks are distinctly French (small, thin, sharp angled, extremely pale, strange hair (that part isn’t really French, but the eccentric style is French) and with a very small mouth). And the clothing on the girl has an older French feel to it.
All in all I don’t like this movie. It hits right where my sore spot is when it comes to movies. The rating is PG, but some elements are a bit strong. The human-eating dragons who can’t be killed, men driven insane and fighting with their own arms who are trying to kill them, dying children and a crazy man trying to murder a child is the least of the issues here. I don’t recommend it for the normal PG audience, it will scare them. I’d say it’s fine for 9+, but nothing under without you previewing it first.
*annoyed muttering* back in my day we had Winnie the Poo, not baby-swallowing monsters…