30-Second Synopsis: Ronja is the daughter of a robber chieftain who lives in a fortress in the middle of a forest. She is adventurous and so full of energy and curiosity that her father and his men are obsessed with giving this girl the best life ever. She spends her days exploring the forest and encountering all manner of creatures. Ronja meets the son of her father's rival, born the same day she was, and they strike up a friendship. Together they discover that there is strange magic to be found in the woods, both good and bad.
Watch This If You: Already love getting lost in the worlds of Studio Ghibli films (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo), think daring girls make for the best protagonists, or want to see more shows in which fathers empower their daughters to be courageous.
Ronja heads out into the forest for the first time ever.
How to Watch It: On the biggest screen you can find, with the best speakers you can get. The long shots of the forest, with the sound of trees bending in the wind, completely untouched by human civilization, are so spellbinding. You'll want to make that an immersive experience.
Seriously, what are these things?!
Cutest Beasties: The grey dwarves look like tiny, mean owl gremlins. They have glowing red eyes and sharp little teeth, and whenever they see Ronja they mutter barely audible things like, "Bite, strike, human, bite." They also carry small sticks and bones as weapons. But all Ronja has to do is laugh at them, and then they scurry away.
Meanest Beasties: The harpies look like enormous eagles with the heads of beautiful women. They are cruel, murderous, and full of omens. Sure, it's unkind that history has given us so many monsters that take the form of seductive women, but, geez, these harpies are just total haters.
Best I-Might-Cry Moment: After Birk, Ronja's friend and the only other child she's ever met, saves Ronja from freezing to death in the forest, they have the following conversation:
Ronja: Hey, listen, Birk. I've been thinkin', and it may sound crazy, but I wish you were my brother.
Birk: Why shouldn't I be then, if that's what you'd like, robber's daughter.
Ronja: I'm serious. That's what I want. But no, I want you to call me Ronja, and no longer "robber's daughter."
Birk: Ronja, sister mine.
All 26 episodes of Ronja, the Robber's Daughter are now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, amazon.com.