Education Blog

Viewing: Zog

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 07.15.20


27 min. 2018. UK. English. NR.

Recommended Age: All

Streaming: Amazon Prime (Free)


An animated comedy about a keen young dragon who's desperate to impress his teacher, and his surprising friendship with a powerful young princess.

Why JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara (@TeachEmFilm) recommends it: 

Based on the picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Zog is an enduring short filled with lessons that are relatable for all young people. Over the years, little Zog tries with all his might (and fire) to get a golden star for the various challenges taught by his teacher. What I love about this short is that Zog’s consistent failure to be at the top of his class does not mean he can’t accomplish the skill. His efforts pay off, and he eventually learns. If you’re looking for a story that encourages good ideas, persistence, and breaking the model of who everyone says you should be, then Zog is just what the dragon ordered.

Fun Fact: 

One of the challenges for animators was having the character grow over the five years in the story.

Take it Further:

  • Support our local bookstore, Village Bookstore, and purchase Zog HERE! 
  • Draw a star, color it in, and give it to someone in your home and tell them why they deserve a star. Create a star and give it to someone different every day this week. Share it on Twitter or Instagram and tag us! #JBFCkids Instagram: jbfc_pville Twitter: jbfc_ny 
  • Enjoy this Zog coloring sheet
  • If you enjoyed this short, check out our viewing suggestion Room on the Broom streaming on Netflix

JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing List 

JBFC Kids curator Emily Ohara has selected her favorite films to share! From shorts and documentaries to animations and silent films, these engaging and meaningful stories are fun for the whole family—and ready to stream!

For parent reviews of each film please visit: