Coconut The Little Dragon: Into The Jungle Review

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In the second adventure of the popular children’s book character, the friendly fire breather goes into the wilderness. In doing so, treads THE LITTLE DRAGON COCONUT: GO TO THE JUNGLE! There are some brave narrative paths, but that might not be enough for adult (accompanying) viewers. We reveal more about this in our review.

The Plot Summary

The little dragon Coconut is in a good mood: departure to holiday camp is imminent! Young fire dragons and food dragons go on a boat trip to the jungle islands together in order to strengthen the team spirit between the two dragon species. They are accompanied by fire dragon teacher Proselinde, the eating dragon chef and Coconut’s father Magnus. Fire dragon Coconut and his best friend Oskar, the only vegetarian eating dragon, think it’s unfair that only dragons are allowed in the camp. Should they spend the summer holidays without their best friend, Matilda the porcupine? Without further ado, they smuggle Matilda on board as a stowaway. But the journey is not only a test for our three heroes, but for all participants. The ship hits a rock and the travel group has to make their way on foot through the jungle to the holiday camp. The desired team spirit is put to a tough test, because the jungle harbors unknown inhabitants and dangers: Coconut and his friends encounter mysterious water dragons and have to defeat a carnivorous plant. And this will only succeed if everyone sticks together.

Movie explanation of the ending

You notice most franchises when they become a big success. In the case of “The Little Dragon Coconut,” however, only those who have preschool children are likely to know about the dimensions of the dragon stories, which originally began as a book series. After publishing 25 books to date, the fire-breathing fellow was present virtually everywhere; on bed linen, radio play CDs and in the cinema. But that’s far from the end of it, How The fire dragon boy invented by Ingo Siegner is really successful. With over 800,000 visitors, the first cinema adventure was not only a sensational box office hit in the small children’s film segment, the film was subsequently sold to pretty much every part of the world. No wonder: the themes of friendship and belief in yourself explored in “The Little Dragon Coconut” are of multicultural significance. So it doesn’t matter where the child who lets Coconut and his friends have fun comes from. “Off to the Jungle” is his next feature film, with Anthony Power, who was responsible for the script in the first part (“Knight Trenk”) now also lets off steam at eye level with its target group. The result is solid.

The little dragon Coconut and his friend, the eating dragon Oskar, on the way to holiday camp.

The most interesting thing about “The Little Dragon Coconut – Off to the Jungle!” is not necessarily the jungle adventure itself. It’s the narrative nuances and the whole subplot surrounding the friendship between Coconut and his best friend Oskar. The screenwriters Mark Slater (“Captain Sharky”) and Gabriele Walther (“Ritter Rust: The Scrap Plot”), both of whom already wrote the scripts for the first “Coconut” part, are dedicating themselves to a topic with which they expect very young viewers to have a narrative complexity that is not a given in this form. When Coconut makes new friends on the trip, Oskar feels neglected by him. This conflict between the two, which is further fueled by the fact that Oskar simply doesn’t want to talk about his problem for a long time and seems to push his best friend away for no reason, confronts the youngest children with a problem that everyone has to deal with sooner or later . “The Little Dragon Coconut – Off to the Jungle!” takes its audience very carefully by the hand and explains the difficult situation in a way that everyone can understand and understand.

Of course, the main plot surrounding the mysterious island on which the dragons strand themselves is no less exciting. And here it never gets unreasonably scary for the little ones, but in the peaks of tension it is quite exciting. Above all, a diving mission into an old shipwreck turns out to be the highlight, as it creates a real adventure flair for a few minutes, which, due to the genre, always remains predictable, but is particularly convincing thanks to the ship setting sunk deep in the sea. Also exciting are the attacks of the snake-like lianas, which secretly stalk the dragons again and again and try to ensnare them. So that the audience can relax from time to time, the makers of course also bring out all sorts of cute animals and sidekicks, which underlines another message from “The Little Dragon Coconut – Off to the Jungle!”: The species you belong to is not important when it comes to being there for each other. In view of current (global) political movements, this message cannot appear often enough in films. Among the many different types of dragons and animals, the huge water dragon Amadeus turns out to be a favorite of the audience, acting as a kind of good soul in the film and his appearance is reminiscent of a huge duck, which makes him just easy to cuddle.

The little dragon Coconut saves the water dragon Wokki.

However, the look in general is not at all cuddly. With its very minimalist design, “The Little Dragon Coconut – Off to the Jungle!” would be much better off on television, not least because those responsible were based on the look of the format. Of course, such a small production does not have the resources and money of a large film company, but the backgrounds and design of this film are absolutely lacking in detail, which is of course particularly noticeable on the big screen. However, those responsible spared no expense or effort when it came to the speakers. With Max von der Groeben (“Fack ju Göhte”)Carolin Kebekus (“Honey, you take it!”) and Dustin Semmelrogge, who is clearly recognizable as himself and who has already proven himself to be a suitably eccentric speaker in the “Ritter Rost” film, “The Little Dragon Coconut – Off to the Jungle” comes with a well-known voice cast that is still is most likely to ensure that adult viewers will not be bored in the cinema.

Conclusion: “The Little Dragon Coconut – Off to the Jungle!” is a fire dragon adventure that is appealing to the young target group, with some exciting peaks of tension and a nicely ambivalent story about friendship and cohesion. The television look, on the other hand, can disappear in the third part.

“The Little Dragon Coconut – Off to the Jungle!” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from December 27th.

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