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 GGO Football is an animated series that contains some fantasy violence, especially during fictionalized soccer matches between miniature (but life-like) robots. Adults yell things like “shut up,” but also offer some wise words about things like the importance of not giving up and being kind.
What's the story?
GGO FOOTBALL, also known as AI Football GGO, is a Chinese animated series about a group of miniature, artificially intelligent robots who play soccer, and the humans that play them. Thirteen-year-old Isaac is an engineering-loving kid whose father, Dr. Coleman, helped develop the GGO robots. After finding a special GGO robot named Myth, he and his teammates, Shawn, Cat, Karl, and Timmy enter their GGO robot team in the World GGO Tournament. But Isaac soon realizes that there's something underhanded going on in the Tournament, and knows that Myth must win in order to uncover the conspiracy.
Is it any good?
The animated series (which is dubbed in English) celebrates soccer and engineering through the relationship between people and human-inspired mini robots. Adding to the mix is the advice it offers about a range of things, including the value of persistence and the importance of being kind. The relationship between the robots and their human counterparts is also interesting.
Those who like this sort of animated storytelling will have fun with GGOFootball. Soccer fans will also like the energetic matches, which feature slow-motion soccer balls, tough moves on the field, and on occasion, a broken robot that has to be whisked away. Nonetheless, chances are that if you’re not a fan of either one of those things, you’ll want to take a pass.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about soccer. Why does the rest of the world call it football? What are the rules of the sport? How is the sport played on GGO Football?
What is artificial intelligence? Is it every going to be possible to create mini robots to look and act like humans the same way they do in GGO Football? What benefits to society would creating them? Would there be any harm to doing so?
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