Parents' Guide to

Costume Quest

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated series has positive messages, magical charm.

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Endlessly charming and delightfully sweet, this magical animated series based on a video game is the kind of show parents want young kids to watch -- and they won't have to push it. The world of Costume Quest is one that's nonsexist, nonracist, (relatively) nonviolent, and shot through with positive messages about friendship and respect and teamwork. One of the most endearing things about Costume Quest is how much the team of four friends appreciate each other ("If we're getting eaten, we're getting eaten together!" says Lucy cheerily, heading into what might be a trap), as well as existing in a realistic web of family and friends. When Wren warns Everett that the monsters can pass as anybody, even his mom, he scoffs, "My mom made blueberry pancakes this morning, and warmed the syrup! Would a monster do that?"

Mysterious old doings in a mysterious old town is a great plot hook, but Costume Quest distinguishes itself further by taking the time to flesh out its animated characters instead of rushing headlong through the plot. Though the show's first episode has a conflict-battle-resolution setup that's pretty common to animated shows, the second slows down to take stock of the characters in the battle. If Wren, Everett, Reynold, and Lucy are to be heroes, they have to learn how first. For these and many other reasons, this series is a rare treat.

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