A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids may identify some animal species native to Madagascar, but the show mostly intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Veiled hints at procreating, as when Julien orders that the lemurs repopulate and claims Clover as his partner.
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"Shut up," "butt," and "buttload."
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Products & Purchases
The series is linked to the Madagascar franchise and its merchandise.
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.
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.
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