A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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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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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