Tristan & Isolde

2002 NR 1h 17m DVD

Tristan & Isolde

2002 NR 1h 17m DVD
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Reprising the classic love story, this animated version of Tristan and Isolde's fairy-tale romance also features a mischievous sprite named Puck and a spunky fairy named Teazle, who help protect the lovers from the plots of the evil Baron Ganelon. A visual delight for children and adults, the epic saga includes plenty of action to accompany the romance as love eventually conquers all in a fantastic and magical landscape.
Louis Wright, Ciara Barker, Derek Kueter, Chris Bearne, Thomas Sanne
Thierry Schiel
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Tristan & Isolde is an action-packed animated film (made in France, dubbed into English) where the heroic Tristan is forced to fight multiple battles against overpowering enemies. It's all cartoon-style derring-do as Tristan is threatened by swords, knives, poison, fire, magic, and his own recklessness. For kids who understand the fantastical, there's nothing truly scary or sad. The story is complex; even with the help of a whimsical narrator it may be difficult for kids to keep up with the numerous kings, queens, castles, and villains. With its perfunctory love story and happy ending, the film bears little resemblance to the tragic romance and cautionary tale of the Celtic legend.

Sexual Content

A few romantic kisses. Tristan is momentarily embarrassed when he wakes up in the care of a female healer and realizes he is naked under a blanket.


Conventional swashbuckling action. The hero fights: a roaring dragon in his fiery lair, a giant, a man-eating plant, and the malicious advisors to the good king. There are sword fights, dangerous falls, a huge boulder launched as a weapon, stabbings, and poisonings. Mild injuries, quick recoveries; villains die. Preparations are made to burn Tristan at the stake, but he is rescued in the nick of time.


One "damn" and one "hell."

Social Behavior

A good king makes every effort to avoid war, using diplomacy as a means to overcome differences. Promotes the magical power of love.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Wine is served at a celebratory dinner. A servant secretly pours a love potion into two of the glasses.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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