Hulu's short animated film The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived puts a modern twist on the typical idea of a storybook happy ending. Based on a children's book by Daniel Errico and illustrated by Mo Qovaizi, the eight-minute short follows Cedric as he leaves behind his pumpkin farming to become a squire and then a knight. The story hits the typical emotional beats of a fairy tale until Cedric rescues a pair of royal siblings and bravely tells the king it is the prince, and not the princess, who he wants to marry.
Thanks to beautiful artwork and a charming tale, The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is an immediate winner. The story should appeal to parents and young children alike, and could serve as a terrific building block toward teaching children about the different kinds of families in the world. While some parents will no doubt take offense to the story's content, hopefully, it will reach its audience anyway. Not only does The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived show a strong, positive LGBTQ character battling dragons and falling in love, it is also reinforces the truth that there is bravery in being yourself. That is a message every child should learn as early as possible.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a one-off, eight-minute animated short, but it would be wonderful to see Hulu produce a full series about Cedric and his prince. LGBTQ characters are largely invisible in the world of children's entertainment, and it is a shame. Children growing up in same-sex parent homes could benefit from seeing their families reflected on-screen, while all children would grow up to be wiser, kinder people if they were taught to embrace people from all walks of life.
Hopefully, Hulu will let Cedric ride again, but until then, enjoy his quest below.
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