Friday, August 22, 2008

Have I mentioned how much I love dragons?


There were two things I wanted when I grew up.. a green pony who I had planned to name Fred, and a dragon, any color would have done nicely.

Well I never did get either, and I'm still waiting on that green pony I was promised, but I guess the dragon part wasn't exactly doable. eh. Either way I obviously have been dying to see Jane and the Dragon!

Right from the beginning I really identified with Jane. Jane lives in a kingdom where girls are expected to be .. well girlish.. and grow up to be ladies-in-waiting. I grew up especially tomboyish and my grandmother never did let me live it down and constantly reminded me about how I should be wearing dresses and playing with Barbie not romping around the back yard chasing toads with no shoes on. Jane wants nothing to do with the whole "lady-in-waiting" business, and all she wants is to be a knight's apprentice. Lucky for Jane she just happens to be pretty tough for a girl and ends up rescuing the pretty wussy Prince Cuthbert from a dragon.

Jane and the Dragon has one of the most unique "looks" I have seen in a kids cartoon in some time. The entire show is done with computer animations which honestly usually is not a big plus for me. I am typically a cartoon snob and I honestly prefer classic drawn animations over computer ones but Jane and the Dragon breaks all the rules for me. The animation is fantastic, super detailed down to every little hair on Jane's head, but the best part is that it does not sacrifice the whimsy of cartoon animation as the background looks hand drawn, and the characters still keep the look of being drawn just with a lot more detail. I guess I shouldn't be so surprised as Jane is animated by Peter Jackson's animation team, the same great people that brought you the computer animations for Lord of the Rings.

Jane and the Dragon - A Dragon's Tale is out on DVD now and includes the first five episodes of the series. You better bet I am anxiously waiting the second dvd already! You can also check out more about Jane on her website!

You can pick up your copy from Amazon!

I have two copies of Jane and the Dragon - A Dragon's Tale to give away to my readers!!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Jane and the Dragon - A Dragon's Tale and tell me what is most exciting to you about this series!
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end September 15th at midnight!

96 Comments:

Naomi said...

That it's about a crazy curly headed girl and her dragon! Roo would love it...

stampedwithgrace said...

I have 5 girls and we love stories about dragons! it sounds like a series they will enjoy :)

stampedwithgrace said...

got your button up :)

semtaylor said...

I subscribe and look forward to your emails.

semtaylor said...

I am not familiar with this series. I looked it up on Amazon and one thing I like is that it is a series. I like to show movies where you get to know the characters.

mverno said...

i love the whole concept

Maja said...

I like it that my son would enjoy it since he loves dragons and me readig stories about it.

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Maja said...

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MOM said...

I have never seen this but looks great as far as the computer animation and details, and the fact a girl does not always have to be buttons and bows and can have dirty feet.

agordon10 said...

I like that it has a female heroine.

KaelanR. said...

I love this show! The message, the animation, and the voices are the best. That song gets stuck in my head as well. Thanks for the chance! karhiannon at aol.com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

What is most exciting to me about this? I guess just how you described it. It sounds like a beautifully done cartoon and I love the idea of a girl that isn't all about dressing up and such (i was that way for awhile..though not quite a tomboy) and I think it would be fun to give this to my cousin or someone to enjoy as well.

-Lauren
lauren51990@aol.com

Jenn S. said...

I am excited that this series portrays girls as brave,strong and independent.

chromiumman said...

love the animation style - looks different from everything else

Grateful Gramma said...

The dragon's a funny character!

carol said...

I am not familar with this show..but my grandson loves shows like this and would love this dvd...thanks for a great giveaway
csbondell@cox.net

Mama Zen said...

A girl heroine!

kelli at pfrog dot net

sweetsue said...

I like how pretty the cartoon looks!

reb said...

It is a story that my daughter would actually read.

Wehaf said...

I love that is features a female protagonist.

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Patricia said...

This is the kind of book that I like to give to my granddaughters as gifts.

blueviolet said...

I like that the main character is a girl and I know my daughter would enjoy the relationship she has with the dragon.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

blueviolet said...

Extra entry credit: I'm a subscriber.

Ma Val said...

I like 'Dragon', he's funny, a little sarcastic and sweet. We've watched this show before on PBS, but we never know exactly when it'll be on. Thanks for this give away.

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kygirl said...

Girls are strong too.

Tes283 said...

The idea that in this classic culture of the middle ages, that a girl can be who she wants to be...a knight apprentice. It helps ALL girls know that they can be who they want to be and not a lady in waiting like her mom.

Julie D said...

Actually, the computer animation is one of my favorite things! (I'm married to a nerd who fell in love with Veggie Tales because of the computer animation!)

Julie D said...

I have your button on my sidebar:
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LINDALSHOT said...

Good clean show with a positive female lead.

Karen said...

We love stories about dragons !

MMrussianadoption said...

I have never seen this before either, but I like the fact that the girl is not too girly. both my kids will enjoy that.
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MMrussianadoption said...

i subscribe to your feed

judybrittle said...

If its about dragons my grandson loves it. So the dragon is the biggest reason we'd love it. Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I'm subscribed

Stephanie Bruce said...

we love dragon stories! we have been reading eragon to our boys and they love it

TheAngelForever said...

I think it is so refreshing to have a female heroine within a dragon series. Thanks for the great giveaway!

TheAngelForever said...

I subscribe to your feed :)

Sharon said...

It's always exciting to watching something this fun with the grandkids
THANKS

Sharon said...

am a subscriber...thanks

Sharon said...

Hi again...have you on my sidebar thanks

windycindy said...

I like that it is a girl with the dragon who is not falling for the norms of your time. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Carolsue said...

Dragons are a favorite at our house, and there is a positive female role model as well!
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Carolsue said...

Your button is on my blog's sidebar!
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Leigh said...

We LOVE Jane! She's so sassy and brave. This is one of my favorite shows for kids out, and I always miss them when they're on tv here. They don't show them on a regular schedule :(

Leigh said...

I am also a subscriber to your feed :)

Heather said...

What cute animation! I haven't seen this dvd before and really enjoyed the short clip!

Rebecca said...

I like that the main character is a girl, normally in these types of stories it is a boy!

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Rebecca said...

I am also a subscriber

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tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this! This sounds like a wonderful tale about a little girl and her adventures with the dragon. This would be wonderful to win for my 6 year old daughter. Thank you!
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Tina said...

I think it is so great to have a heroine that is tough and strong and breaks the rules. tinawittmer(at)yahoo(dot)com

- Marybeth I. said...

Jane sounds like my oldest daughter. She would never want to be a lady in waiting also. Definitely would want to be a knight

- Marybeth I. said...

you are on my sidebar

valmg said...

My niece would enjoy this because she thinks people should be independent.

valmg said...

I blogged this giveaway at http://acontestblog.com/index.php/2008/seven-dogs-and-a-baby-jane-and-the-dragon-dvd-giveaway/

Kritta22 said...

I love that there is a girl with a dragon...so often it's boys.
thanks for the giveaway!

sandra jensen said...

I love that this is a GIRL with a dragon. I have loved dragons since reading the Pern series (many times) and hope my granddaughter will too! I would love to win this DVD for her!

thank you!

sajdakota@yahoo.com

carol drury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
my grandsons adore this series and we have such fun drawing the characters as well

dolls123 said...

The story has a girl and not a boy

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kaylee8 said...

I like that the girl trains as a knight and I love the idea of a talking dragon!

wigget said...

the most exciting thing to me is that the story takes place in medieval england, a fascination of mine.

vboackle said...

i have never seen this.

cpullum said...

I believe the most exciting about this is the dragon and the adventures!
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Ginny said...

I love dragons as well! I like that the girl wants to be a knight, I love stories about girls breaking out of the stereotype!

Ginny said...

I'm subscribed via bloglines as well.

Jayfr said...

I'm always looking for strong female characters in the media I suggest my kids watch. This sounds like it might fit in well.

justicecw said...

Anything with Dragons my son would love! Thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

It's about a crazy red headed girl and her dragon. My grandson would love it

Ken said...

I love level-headed Jane and her out-spoken best bud, Dragon. Please accept my entry.

Kasey P said...

I like the fact that it protrays girls as strong and level headed. Nice to see a female character like that in a cartoon.
beausdorei at gmail dot com

Anita Yancey said...

I would love to win this for my daughter. She would think it's so cool.
ayancey@dishmail.net

ky2here said...

Gender equality is always welcome.

klp1965 said...

sounds great i always loved dragon especially puff ;)

Alicia Webster said...

I had never heard of this, so I watched the clip on Amazon, and it looks fantastic! I love how the characters have British accents, which my kids seem to really respond to. I don't know why this is--my kids love Angelina Ballerina for the same reason---maybe this is a kids' version of a "foreign" film...
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

Jinxy and Me said...

I like that you said the animation is detailed - that is a big plus!

newmom8404 said...

I love the message and the way the animation looks....really cool.

yellowlabs said...

I love stories about dragons.

Erma said...

It is a story that my daughter would read.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

arvard said...

Thanks for having a female heroine.

VIVI7729 said...

This series is soooo exciting because my daughter takes after her mommy and LOVES anything to do with dragons!!!

fancyfeet48 said...

This is the kind of book that I like to give to my god children

Anonymous said...

We heart dragon stories!

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calgirl said...

I like that the adventurer is a girl and has a dragon to help

bison61 said...

the boys would enjoy this-they love dragons and dinosaurs

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Brenda S. said...

we love dragon stories!

Francine said...

I have never seen this before and would be interested in it because I love to watch new shows or movies and I love dragons also.

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purango said...

I like the story that has a girl as a hero. garrettsambo@aol.com

carissaad said...

I like that it's about a girl since most dragon stories have boys as the lead character.

Thanks!

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carissaad said...

I'm a subscriber.

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Sahm Lee said...

That it is a girl lead to help little girls realize their potential!

ssmina said...

please enter me thanks!

Heather said...

How wonderful for there to be a story about a strong girl who isn't afraid to be more than is expected of her and those like her. It's a great message for our daughters.

rockandtiff2002@aol.com said...

I watched this once with my daughter, when it came on tv on a saturday. She liked it. It was pretty interesting.

maggie0352 said...

My grand children love Dragon Tales. Thank you for the chance to win. maggie0352@aol.com

masonsgranny59 said...

my grandsons would enjoy this!

lilyk said...

What's most exciting to me about this series is that the main character is a girl who gets to have interesting adventures with a dragon.

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your mailing list.

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