A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is intended to entertain more than to educate, but there are strong social messages and some information about martial arts and mysticism.
Positive messages about self-control, compassion, overcoming the odds, and staying true to your values are woven throughout Korra's story. Good and evil are clearly defined, and the power struggle between the sides results in a realistic number of victories and losses for each.
Positive Role Models
Korra is a determined, goal-oriented heroine whose strong sense of duty guides her to embrace her training and develop her talents. She's not perfect, and she often finds that her impetuous nature impedes her ability to learn from her even-tempered mentor. Ultimately, though, she tries to be open to new ideas and is dedicated to improving her skills. Tenzin finds his patience tried by his hot-headed student, but he sticks with her for the common good she'll do in the future.
Violence & Scariness
Fantasy cartoon violence is rooted in martial arts-style exchanges, but there's less hand-to-hand combat than there is fighting using the natural elements of water, fire, earth, air, and, in some cases, metal. People are thrown through windows and take death-defying falls, all without visible injury.
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Occasional use of "butt."
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Products & Purchases
This cartoon is a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which has lots of tie-in products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Legend of Korra -- a sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender -- is rich in storytelling, mysticism, and positive themes surrounding a headstrong but principled heroine who heeds her sense of duty and works hard to make herself worthy of the role that destiny gave her. Korra's not perfect, but she's open to learning from the mistakes she makes, and she tries hard to absorb her mentor's teachings, all of which has fantastic messages for kids. The show's violence involves the elements (fire, water, etc.) more than it does straight hand-to-hand martial arts-style exchanges; it shouldn't be a problem for most kids thanks to that sense of fantasy. If you're looking for a cartoon that combines action, humor, drama, and positive messages and will appeal to both boys and girls, then this may be just what you want.
Is It Any Good?
Continuing in the tradition of epic fiction established in Avatar: The Last Airbender, this series boasts a surprising level of substance for an action cartoon. Kids' interest won't end at the clashes between good and evil; in fact, that aspect of the show is mostly overshadowed by rich characters and a plot that references Asian mysticism and legends of long-ago cultures rooted in unity with the elements of the earth. And there's much to glean from the responsible content and the outstanding heroine at the story's heart. Hot-headed and impatient, Korra is the antithesis of Tenzin, who doesn't relish his task of helping Korra find her inner balance. Ultimately, though, the pairing of these two opposites is what might save the day -- that is, if they can overcome their differences and find common ground.
Kids don't need to be familiar with Aang's story to follow Korra's, but if this sequel sparks their interest, they may want to revisit the original show for some background on the original players and the history of the recently unified nations. The best news? The Legend of Korra has so much going for it that you just might want to take it in along with your kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.