Delgo Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Regardless of its fantastical setting, bizarre creatures and strange inhabitants, the animated world in which the film Delgo is set suffers from many of the same concerns as our own. Yet the movie never gets past the point of feeling like an extended Saturday morning cartoon.
When the winged Nohrin’s homeland becomes uninhabitable, they seek refuge with the earth-bound Lockni people who initially welcome the immigrants. However the Nohri King (voice by Louis Gossett Jr.) sends his sister Sedessa (voice by Anne Bancroft) to oversee the settling of his people while he stays behind to ensure all his subjects are safely removed from their crumbling civilization.
Unfortunately, Sedessa isn’t content to just move in and share the land with her new neighbors. Mustering an army of Nohrin soldiers, she attacks the local residents and kills off men, women and even children. During one of her troops’ brutal raids, a young Lockni boy named Delgo (voice by Mary Matilyn Mouser) is orphaned when his parents are murdered in front of him. Only the mercy of one of the soldiers allows Delgo to live another day.
Raised by Elder Marley (voice by Michael Clarke Duncan), Delgo (voice by Freddie Prinze Jr.) is now a spirited adolescent who seeks out adventure with his more timid friend Filo (voice by Chris Kattan). But after the Nohri princess, Kyla (voice by Jennifer Love Hewitt), rescues Delgo from one of his misadventures, the teenaged boy is accused of harassing the girl. Hostilities come to a head and both groups prepare for battle. But Delgo and Kyla refuse to be drawn into their parents’ quarrel and seek for a way to restore peace.
Despite the pair’s desire, this film is full of animated depictions of war, sword fights and hand-to-hand combat between the opposing armies. Treachery and treason also plague the King and his household as his sister plots to take over his throne. With little to offer other than cartoon violence and one-dimensional characters, Delgo is a fantasy that fails to engage viewers in its truly magical world.Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer, Ann Bancroft.. Running time: 94 minutes. Theatrical release December 12, 2008. Updated October 7, 2010
Rating & Content Info
Why is Delgo rated PG? Delgo is rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of fantasy action violence.
An invading army attacks a village and kills off most of the inhabitants. Characters are stabbed, crushed, imprisoned, kidnapped and attacked by wild animals. During war scenes, soldiers engage in hand-to-hand combat and swordplay while buildings crumble around them. Characters are shot with arrows, impaled and killed in bloodless battles. Numerous corpses are seen. Men gamble on several occasions. Characters drink with dinner. A teen couple kisses. Mild bathroom humor is included.
Page last updated October 7, 2010
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Delgo Parents' Guide
How does the lack of trust and open communication contribute to the start of war in this film? Why do Kyla and Delgo have a different perspective than the adults?
Is personal discipline an important trait to master? Why or why not?
How does Elder Marley’s patience and wisdom impact Delgo?
The most recent home video release of Delgo movie is October 5, 2010. Here are some details…
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Release Date: 5 October 2010
Delgo releases in a Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack on October 5, 2010.
DVD Release Date: 4 August 2009
Explore the world of Delgo with this DVD release. Presented in widescreen, the dual layered single-disc offers audio tracks in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (English), along with subtitles in English, Spanish and French. Bonus Features include:
- An audio commentary with the movies directors.
- Featurettes (Behind-the-Scenes, Sounds of Delgo, Meet the Characters and See the Creatures).
-An animated short: Chroma Chameleon
-Deleted scenes (an additional 14 minutes of footage).
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For other stories of forbidden love, check out West Side Story (a couple from rival gangs) and Pocahontas (a romance between an Indian Princess and a European explorer). Jennifer Love Hewitt also lends her talents to the animated/live-action films Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties.