A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Despite reluctance to get involved in any superhero dramas while on holiday, the kids know their skills are needed to help protect the innocent and they rise to the occasion. Themes of teamwork, courage, being responsible members of the community.
Positive Role Models
The Costume Quest heroes are a gender-balanced foursome of diverse kiddos who each contribute something valuable to the group. They are individuals with their own unique ideas and skills, who learn from their mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
Nasty character named Silvia Razer is on a single-minded mission to prove existence of monsters -- and she doesn't care who gets hurt in her quest. Several action sequences full of laser blasts, kicks, punches. Goofy monster characters are saddled with tracking bracelets. It's all done very cartoonishly, however, and is probably fine for all but the most sensitive or young viewers.
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Products & Purchases
Although the series is based on a cult favorite video game series (which, in theory, could make viewers want to purchase and play said games), at no point are the games mentioned, and there is no implicit call to buy anything.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Costume Quest: Heroes on Holiday is a seasonal special featuring the same fun-loving and diverse crew of kids that kids know and love from the Costume Quest animated series. The plot centers on Auburn Hollow's Christmas Festival of Cheer, which should be a relaxing time for the town but instead turns into a monster-ridden near catastrophe. As with the main series, some of the visuals might be a little too intense or spooky for very young kids -- monsters wearing fake human faces they can remove at will, lasers blasting during fights, etc. -- but overall, the fisticuffs are cartoony and mild. Themes of kindness, teamwork, and friendship are present.
Is It Any Good?
This holiday special features playful animation, a diverse crew of characters who are both amusing and sweet, and an overall tone of goofy fun that makes it a surefire hit for fans of the main series. You don't have to be an overworked superhero to relate to these kids and their wish to just kick back and relax for once -- and Costume Quest: Heroes on Holiday does a great job showing the way the gang learns from their mistakes, and how sometimes we have to do the responsible thing and fight for what's right, even when it's not convenient or easy. Of course, this being Auburn Hollow, there's plenty of slapstick fun, silly songs, and lighthearted laughter, too.
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