Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
App-inspired martial arts series is silly fun for kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Violence is always central to conflict resolution, but the ninjas also rely on quick thinking and creative problem-solving. Different personalities combine to form an effective team; where one member is lacking, another usually excels, and so they find solutions easier to come by when they work together. Of the foursome, only one ninja is female.
Positive Role Models
Each of the four ninjas has a dominant characteristic that defines his/her abilities and place within the group. Kids see how qualities like loyalty, determination, courage, and leadership are essential to the success of an effective team. Villains are manipulative and trick the ninjas to get what they want, but the good guys eventually get the upper hand.
Violence & Scariness
Many martial arts sequences with weapons like swords, axes, and a bo staff. Cartoon violence includes impact that should hurt or cause injury but rarely does.
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Rarely, name-calling such as "creep."
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The series is inspired by the popular mobile game Fruit Ninja and shows the characters slicing and dicing fruit the way players do in the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force is an animated series inspired by the popular mobile game Fruit Ninja. There is much martial arts action in which weapons such as swords and axes are used, but no one is ever hurt. The only consistent victims are fruits of all shapes and sizes that are used as weapons and often sliced and diced by the ninjas and their adversaries. Aside from some mild name-calling such as "creep," there's no worrisome content, and the characters' dominant individual personality traits (courage, resourcefulness, leadership, and so on) help make them an effective team. If your kids haven't played Fruit Ninja, they may want to try it after watching.
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What's the Story?
In FRUIT NINJA FRENZY FORCE, four kids discover an ancient dojo and teaching scrolls that they use to learn the lost art of juice-jitsu. Seb (voiced by Cole Howard), Ralph (Ian Hanlin), Peng, and Niya are quick studies in the fine art of fruit slicing, which is a good thing considering they soon find themselves battling a motley crew of villains who come knocking. They also have quirky and slightly off-kilter Sensei (Colin Murdock) in their corner, though no one ever knows when or how he will turn up to advise his four eager charges.
Is It Any Good?
If you thought slicing fruit with screen swipes was entertaining, you'll be surprised at how much fun the antics of fruit-themed martial arts can be in this fast-paced series. Vibrant animation, oddball characters, and bizarre villains blend well into kid-friendly entertainment, and even though the action always circles back to fighting exchanges, there's little that resembles actual violence amid the flying pineapples and swirling watermelons.
The stories themselves don't stand out among kids' shows, but parents will like the foursome's relationships and how their distinct personalities complement each other. Where Seb's leadership falls short, Peng's enthusiasm steps up to win the day. Ralph is brave but can be dim, so Niya's cleverness is a vital asset to the group. Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force is superficial and not overly imaginative, but it does have some decent examples of character traits for kids.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how teamwork helps the ninjas defeat the villains in Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force. What strength does each ninja bring to the group? Kids: Which character strengths do you think are among your best?
Kids: Have you played Fruit Ninja? How does it compare with other games you play on a phone or device? Can you learn anything from it? Is this show more enjoyable if you're familiar with the game?
What do you look for in quality entertainment? Is learning potential a factor in deciding whether a show is right for you or your kids? What rules does your family have about screen time?
- Premiere date: May 5, 2017
- Cast: Colin Murdock, Cole Howard, Ian Hanlin
- Network: YouTube
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Friendship
- Character Strengths: Courage, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y7-FV
- Last updated: September 26, 2020
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