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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This short animated feature shows through example the importance of teamwork in overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.
Positive Role Models
Princess Allura tries to see the good in everyone around her. The members of the Lion Force and Vehicle Force use teamwork to stand up to the Fleet of Doom.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoonish violence. Spaceships and characters do battle with laser rays, blowing up ships and buildings. One of the main characters finds himself in a nightmarish world -- walking through bodies of water that look like blood and doing battle with assorted hideous-looking monsters.
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Products & Purchases
This cartoon series was also a collection of toys created and marketed by Mattel.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Voltron: Fleet of Doom is a 1986 animated feature, and as such, has dated animation and sound effects, as well as frequent violence. In one scene, one of the main characters finds himself in a nightmarish realm -- walking through a body of water that looks like blood while trying to escape from various hideous-looking monsters. For those unfamiliar with the Voltron series, the relative complexity of the storyline and the large cast of characters could make this film difficult to follow. Overall, though, the biggest concern is the cartoon violence: characters and space ships do battle with laser rays, causing constant explosions and panic. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Time has not been kind to Voltron, and matched with the annoying voices of the characters and the complicated storyline, this particular episode is best enjoyed by superfans of the show. Parents who were tweens and younger in the '80s might remember the syndicated television series Voltron. What should be immediately striking to those parents (and especially their kids) who watch VOLTRON: FLEET OF DOOM is how dated the animation and sound effects are.
The cartoon violence is also problematic, as there are seemingly never-ending explosions and laser rays firing at constant intervals. While the violence isn't gory, the scary world the character Keith finds himself in -- with bloody water and terrifying monsters -- is, for younger viewers and more sensitive viewers, a nightmare waiting to happen.
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