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 kids will like to see where Eliot Kid's big imagination takes him, and his adventures are mostly worry-free for this age group. Each story pits him against some kind of threat that only he can identify, as when a visitor becomes a witch or a cousin's fiancé appears to be a spy, and he sets out to thwart what he sees as their evil plans. This often leads him to disobey a lot of rules, with little realistic consequence. Expect wild adventures, an ever-changing cast of supporting characters (aliens, vampires, robot clones), and some good examples of friendship and teamwork in this fast-paced cartoon.
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What's the story?
Seven-year-old Eliot Kid's (voiced by Barbara Scaff) wild imagination can turn any day into an epic adventure for himself and his best friends, Mimi (Christine Flowers) and Kaytoo. When he's around, even the most mundane day's events suddenly become the stuff of legend, with monsters, aliens, and robot clones threatening the peace and this indomitable trio stepping up to save the day.
Is it any good?
Watching ELIOT KID is like stepping straight into a 7-year-old's imagination. It's unpredictable, implausible, and filled with scenarios that let everyday kids be heroes. There's not much substance to the content, but that's an intentional casualty of stories that focus mostly on over-the-top adventures.
There are some moments that will give kids a positive view of friendship, but the fact that Eliot often acts impulsively tends to complicate things for those around him. Although the bulk of his adventures tend to be more melodramatic than outright worrisome for viewers, the negative consequences that go mostly unchecked is a factor to consider for kids tuning in.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about imaginative play. Kids: What scenarios do you like to imagine for make-believe play? Why is it fun to pretend to be someone else for a little while?
Why are Mimi and Kaytoo always willing to join in Eliot's adventures? Do they ever disagree with his assessment of the situation? How do you and your friends resolve differences when they arise?
Kids: What different heroes do you see around your community? In what ways do they help people? Can you be a hero to someone? How might that happen?
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