The Kid who would be King Parent Guide
Does finding a sword make you a king?
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The Kid who would be King
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Kid who would be King rated PG? The Kid who would be King is rated PG by the MPAA for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying, and language
- Several scenes that may frighten young children.
- Frequent portrayals of weapons and hand-to-hand violence, most in a fantasy context, some in a bullying context
- Frequent portrayals of monsters, nightmarish imagery, and transformations
- None noted
- Infrequent use of cursing and profanity
Alcohol / Drug Use:
- None noted
Page last updated January 23, 2019
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Le Morte D’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table written by Thomas Malory in the 15th century is the first comprehensive collection of tales about the legendary king. Adaptations which modernize the language are widely available.
Modern readers can look for T.H. White’s The Once and Future King which is a masterful retelling of the Arthurian saga and is the basis for many of the film adaptations. White also wrote The Sword in the Stone which focuses on Arthur’s youth and education under Merlin.
Howard Pyle’s The Story of King Arthur and His Knights is a lyrical retelling of the legend, with the violence sanitized for younger readers.
Rosemary Sutcliff’s Sword at Sunset is a hard-edged retelling of the story of Artos the Bear, warrior king of the 5th century, who might have been the inspiration for the mythical King Arthur.
Young readers who want more of King Arthur will enjoy Sarah Courtauld’s Illustrated Tales of King Arthur. Legends are always more fun when they are lavishly illustrated.
The world of Camelot has inspired writers for centuries. J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by old English legends as he created Middle Earth. Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series draws heavily upon Arthurian myths and symbols in its battle between Light and Dark. Fans of Cooper’s series will also enjoy the work of Lloyd Alexander whose The Chronicles of Prydain are inspired by Welsh mythology.
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The Kid who would be King is directed by Joe Cornish and stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Rebecca Ferguson, and Patrick Stewart.
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The best known kid friendly version of the Arthurian tale is Disney’s animated The Sword in the Stone.
Viewers looking for a slightly more realistic take on Arthurian mythology can try King Arthur, Clive Owen stars as the legendary king battling the Saxons. A particularly gory retelling of the Arthurian tale is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, starring Charlie Hunnam. Camelot also revisits the tale, with emphasis on the tragic love triangle. First Knight also focuses on the human relationships in King Arthur’s court.
A humorous twist on the period is found in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Full of laughs, this cult favorite is suitable for teens and adults.