Animated Hero: Joan Arc
The year is 1429. France clings desperately to independence as English invaders advance into French territory. Just as the city of Orleans seems certain to fall, a 16-year-old maiden from Lorraine rises out of nowhere and through sheer, bold faith rallies her countrymen to a surprising victory. Yet the celebration is short-lived; through treachery the English kidnap the girl, brand her a witch, and burn her at the stake. An astonishing but true tale!
This thirty minute animated episode shows the story of Joan, a simple country girl fated to lead the French to victory against the British. This story would be great for any girl who struggles with equality between the sexes as well as any child struggling with an “I can’t do it” mentality. Adults may find some of the dialog cheesy but the overall message is worthwhile.
This episode is recommended for children age twelve and over because it does deal with the issue of Joan’s death by burning. This depiction is non-violent in nature but could still be scary and confusing for younger viewers. In addition, there is a lot of discussion of Joan being a witch.