Storm Hawks

Common Sense Media says

Heroes' high-flying adventures will thrill tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters always resort to brute force to solve differences. Female characters are outnumbered (within the Storm Hawks squadron, only one of the five is a girl), but they can hold their own with the guys in both strategy and strength.

Violence & scariness

It's an action-adventure 'toon, so mild peril is common and includes falls from heights (usually broken at the last moment by a teammate's lucky interception), mid-air plane collisions, characters being flattened by falling doors, and brief hand-to-hand combat. No one is killed; mostly they're knocked out or -- in the bad guys' case -- the scene cuts away as they fall into an abyss.

Sexy stuff

A male character fancies himself a ladies' man, so there are occasional references to him being attracted to a particular girl, but that's as far as it goes.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that action-adventure is the name of the game in this cartoon. The characters are constantly getting knocked off their aircraft in midair dogfights, being clobbered by enemies' handheld weapons, and surviving life-threatening collisions -- none of which result in visible injury. A male character's interest in the opposite sex refreshes when a new girl is introduced, but the mild references don't amount to more than a few longing looks.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

STORM HAWKS is an action-adventure cartoon that follows the efforts of five mismatched teens to stop an evil empire from world domination. Dispatching minions throughout the land to capture the residents of Atmos, Master Cyclonis, the queen of Cyclonia, looks to expand her malicious reaches. But battling her every move are the daring Storm Hawks, who specialize in daring rescues and midair duels with the queen's gang of thugs, the Talons. Led by 14-year-old Aerrow (Sam Vincent) -- whose youth belies an inner strength and fearless talent for flying -- the Storm Hawks take to the skies atop their Air Skimmers, which transform from aircraft to motorcycles with the push of a button.

Is it any good?

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Tweens -- especially thrill-seeking boys -- are sure to enjoy the Storm Hawks' high-flying adventures, and parents can rest assured that, aside from the prevalence of typical cartoon peril (extensive falls, midair collisions, etc.) that never seems to cause lasting injury, there's not much to be concerned about. That said, there aren't too many overwhelmingly positive messages or strong role models. But on the whole, it's a cartoon vacation for the brain that kids and tweens will welcome and parents shouldn't fret over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about role models in TV shows. Which adults, if any, make an appearance in this show? What roles do they play? Can any of them be considered role models for the teen heroes? Why or why not? What's implied by the significant age difference between the Storm Hawks and their adversaries? What message does it send when the youthful good guys always outsmart their more seasoned adversaries?

TV details

Cast:Chiara Zanni, Sam Vincent, Scott McNeil
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 11 years old Written byCazodi April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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My second favorite show!

This is a very interesting show with outstanding animation. Though after a while, I feel that they should end an episode where the "good guys" don't necessarily win, at least just for a while. Overall, this is one of the 3 shows that I ever watch.

Teen, 17 years old Written byTronguy May 15, 2011
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8
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Fly to your TV and watch Storm Hawks kids!

CG animation, epic battle scenes, and plenty of funny moments (mostly from the Finnster), Storm Hawks delivers! Kids and teens will get a kick out of this awesome show

Teen, 14 years old Written byjjoe7 February 28, 2011
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7-14 still like

The show was great i watched years ago and ricently started watching it agian it's too bad there is no more episodes

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