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 despite this show's silly title and a certain sense of irreverence, it's not a spoof. The titular Martian mice are involved in a violent battle for the one thing that will save their planet, and every episode includes lots of hand-to-hand and ray/laser-gun combat. Thanks to glowing red eyes and dripping werewolf teeth on heroes and villains alike, it's all just a little bit scarier than what kids will see in adventure shows like Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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What's the story?
BIKER MICE FROM MARS follows the adventures of a group of rodent Martian refugees. When the series began in 1993, the main trio -- Throttle (voiced by Rob Paulsen), Modo (Dorian Harewood), and Vinnie (Ian Ziering) -- were working to prevent Earth from having all of its resources sucked away -- which is what happened to their home planet. A 2006 revival/continuation found the mice trying to save their own planet after it was rejuvenated via the Regenerator, a magical, resource-returning machine much desired by the mice's enemies, the Catatonians.
Is it any good?
Biker Mice attempts to be both funny and serious -- a la Iron Man -- and from the point of view of the average 9-year-old, it succeeds fairly well. (Though, from a parent's perspective, it's not as enjoyable as other shows in the genre.) Every episode offers the banter and quirky villainy we've all grown to expect from the action genre. The bad guys' ongoing attempts to get the Regenerator may be momentarily foiled in each episode -- which means the installments can be enjoyed singly -- but the story is clearly meant to be followed as a whole.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes this show different from other cartoons. Why do you think the people who make the show want it to stand out from other series? Kids: Do you find certain parts of the show funny (the good guys' wisecracks, the sound effects that accompany things like bad guys crashing on the ground)? Does that make any of the action less scary?
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