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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bakugan: Battle Planet is a reboot of the Bakugan franchise and opens with three friends discovering the titular alien beings. As the kids learn to work with their Bakugan, they develop improved teamwork and the ability to trust one another in battle. Bakugan clashes are intense and visually jarring, with oversized monsters crashing into each other, explosions erupting, and the animation shaking on the screen. There's some bullying, and verbal threats are issued toward the main characters; plus, all of the conflict resolution happens by force among the Bakugan. This series is part of an extensive franchise that includes action figures, games, and other merchandise geared toward kids.
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What's the story?
In BAKUGAN: BATTLE PLANET, three kids find themselves at the heart of an epic planetary discovery when they uncover alien creatures called Bakugan and unite with them to battle other teams and nefarious enemies. Dan (voiced by Jonah Wineberg), Wynton (Devon Mac), and Lia (Margarita Valderrama) join forces with their respective Bakugan guardians, Dragonoind (Jason Deline), Gorthion (Hayden Finkelshtain), and Trox (Ucal Shillingford), learning to work together with them and with each other to protect Bakugan from the control of those who mean them harm.
Is it any good?
The Bakugan saga reboot begins with this action-packed origin story that reintroduces the popular TV series/transforming-toy franchise. In addition to the exciting brawls initiated by the humans and fought by the Bakugan, Bakugan: Battle Planet focuses on the developing relationships among the humans and their new alien friends. As they progress through matches and face off with more sinister enemies, this team -- self-dubbed "The Awesome Ones" -- develops teamwork and interdependence.
Viewers who know how these marketing conglomerates work (ahem, parents) will find the advertising tie-ins predictably obvious, but they do their job. If your kids are susceptible to this type of consumerism, then know that Bakugan toys will be all the more enticing after watching Battle Planet.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the merchandising relationship between entertainment and toys like Bakugan. Does seeing the characters in action in a series like this one make the toys and other products more enticing? Are marketing tie-ins always problematic?
What character strengths do Dan, Lia, and Wynton bring to the team? Kids: What challenges have you encountered while working with other people? How do you find common ground with those who seem very different from you?
Is the violence in this show less impactful because it mostly involves the Bakugan rather than human characters? Is any of it scary? Does the action make up for content that's otherwise lacking, or does it serve a valuable purpose in this story?
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