What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?