All Hail King Julien

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Royal lemur's antics will please Madagascar fans.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Kids may identify some animal species native to Madagascar, but the show mostly intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

The lemurs' place at the bottom of the food chain puts them in constant peril, but it's cast as comical and more reason to shirk responsibility for fun whenever possible. With power and prestige comes responsibility, and sometimes that means putting others' needs first. King Julien's selfishness often puts his subjects at risk, but there are moments when he steps up as a real leader. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Julien makes light of threats to the lemurs face, and he often prioritizes his own desires over the needs of the whole community. Maurice is more realistic about a king's duties and tries to keep Julien on task. Clover has some troubles keeping up with the demands of her job as security commander.

Violence & Scariness

Lemurs often are under attack from carnivorous Fossa, which attack the village and capture some of the prey animals. They're shown tied up and in cages while the Fossa salivate at the thought of eating them, but the ending is always happy. Even so, they look and sound menacing as they growl and stalk their prey. 

Sexy Stuff

Veiled hints at procreating, as when Julien orders that the lemurs repopulate and claims Clover as his partner. 

Language

"Shut up," "butt," and "buttload."

Consumerism

The series is linked to the Madagascar franchise and its merchandise. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All Hail King Julien is filled with the carefree, party-style humor that made the booty-shaking lemur a favorite of fans of Madagascar. There's some potty humor (along the lines of a ship made from a urinal, for instance) and marginal language like "buttload" and "shut up." Julien isn't a born leader, and his selfishness often puts his colony in danger, but he shows some heart when the chips are down. Younger kids might find the menacing Fossa a bit frightening, but for most, this series is good for some worry-free laughs. 

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byJennifer A. May 9, 2018

So.Much.Crude.

Ok, so it is entertaining and funny, but, as other reviewers have mentioned, it is chalk full of crude humour.

I.e. He's so slow he can't even tell... Continue reading
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byJoe B. March 3, 2018

Not for Kids Under 10

Witty and humorous for kids over 10 but very inappropriate for younger kids. Talks of "killing" and "murder," really? Characters who are sel... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySpoopy2510 September 21, 2017

A fun show

All Hail King Julien is a funny, energetic cartoon about the Madagascar comic relief King Julien. It has what you expect, it's funny, it's loud, it... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySm052103 May 14, 2017

Funny

It's a funny show but not for children. There are a lot of suggestive references and tons of gay references, but otherwise it is funny and entertaining.

What's the story?

When Prince Julien's uncle (voiced by Henry Winkler) unexpectedly bestows his royal title on his nephew and abandons ship for solitude in the jungle, the new king feels like his dream has come true. With his trusty sidekick Maurice (Kevin Michael Richardson) and adoring groupie Mort (Andy Richter) to back him up, King Julien is sure this is the beginning of one long jungle party! But the regime change means nothing to the dreaded Fossa, who would love to make a meal of their neighboring lemurs, and responsibility now falls on the fun-loving King Julien to keep his subjects safe. But will take the cunning strength of his security commander, Clover (India de Beaufort), and the prophetic insight of the mystical Masikura (Debra Wilson) be enough to offset King Julien's obsessive need for dance parties and keep him on task as a leader? 

Is it any good?

The Madagascar movies introduced some larger-than-life supporting characters who have proven themselves stars in their own right. What the Penguins have done already in a TV series and a feature film, King Julien attempts in ALL HAIL KING JULIEN, which casts him right where he likes to be -- at the center of attention. His egomaniacal personality is wholly suited to the spot, and his outlandish adventures won't disappoint fans who love his booty-shaking self.

The show introduces colorful new characters who complement Julien and his inner circle of Maurice and Mort, in particular the bedazzled Masikura, whose visions of the future help guide Julien's questionable strategies as king. For those who can't get enough of the extended adventures of the Madagascar crew, this is another winner to add to the mix.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes King Julien an appealing character. Do his actions make him seem like a nice guy? Do his friends ever get frustrated with him? Is he a good role model in any way?

  • Does this show teach you anything about how real animals live in the jungle? How many different species are included in the cast? 

  • How are females represented in this show? Are their characters particularly strong or good at their jobs? Do you think this show is designed to appeal to girls and boys equally? How can you tell? 

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