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Star Command emphasizes the importance of teamwork and of following the rules. Buzz learns the value of having a partner.
Violence & Scariness
Many space battles with dramatic explosions, though we aren't aware of anyone dying on the ships. Buzz uses his laser on a variety of foes, and is shot at by Zurg and his minions. A friendly robot shatters into dozens of pieces. A villain blows up Buzz's mechanical arm.
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This is a spin-off of the popular Toy Story series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the action relies too much on battles and explosions, but introduces likeable new characters. There is some serious drama here, though, that may disturb kids: Buzz believes that his partner has died and mourns at a funeral service. Zurg turns a good ranger to evil. Crater vipers try to bite Buzz's head off. Little Green Men get tortured by aliens. When Zurg steals their planet's Uni-Mind to turn people to evil, Commander Nebula speaks in Zurg's voice. The ideal age for this clever space parody is grade-school kids. Older kids get more of the references to famous sci-fi movies, though the theme may seem trite to them. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's no Toy Story, but this offshoot brings back many familiar characters in a fast-paced adventure that amuses adult science fiction fans as well as kids who like Buzz and Zurg. Though it parodies the Star Wars movies, none of the jokes gets a laugh like Zurg's confession that he's Buzz's father in Toy Story 2. Still, lines echoing the rebel mission against the Death Star and Princess Leia's dislike of her title are humorous.
Though there are many fights and explosions, the violence always looks comical. Only robots (which the engineers rebuild) receive serious damage. A 4-year-old viewer pointed out that Buzz, Zurg, and the Rangers wear body armor and use mechanical wings to fly; he saw them as superheroes without the physical weaknesses of real people or even of toys, which can break. Like the fighting kids see on Saturday-morning cartoons, the combat scenes are more about action than injury. The message about following school rules gets a little muddled since Buzz and his team keep breaking them, but the emphasis on teamwork and collaboration is reinforced throughout. Younger kids won't realize that brainwashing devices, pit vipers, and regulations on lightspeed travel are staples of cheap sci-fi movies, though some may recognize the voice of Star Trek's William Shatner performing the concluding song.
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