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 this animated adventure series is carved from the traditional superheroic mold, with plenty of imaginative storytelling and swashbuckling fisticuffs. The series' villains -- a rage-fueled group bent on vengeance, death, and destruction -- are slightly darker than typical criminals. But there are strong positive messages about helping others and working together. The heroes use green power rings that can summon any object they can imagine, leading to some creative moments that encourage imagination play -- though they're also put to use in battle situations.
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What's the story?
Based on the DC Comics superhero, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES follows Hal Jordan (voiced by Josh Keaton), test pilot for Ferris Air who's also secretly the Green Lantern, part of an intergalactic corps of peacekeepers dedicated to patroling the universe and helping those in need. Green Lantern frequently runs afoul of his fellow officers because of his cocksure attitude and tendency to disobey rules, but he proves himself time and again with his bravery against the forces of evil.
Is it any good?
Kids who love superheroes don't realize how good they have it today. Ten years before this series started airing, the idea of a Green Lantern cartoon would have never made it far past the drawing board. Today, the hero lives onscreen in his full glory, thanks to the exceptional talents behind such other classic series as Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, especially executive producer Bruce Timm.
Like those series, Green Lantern takes a brilliant high concept that's been bogged down by decades of comic book stories and clears away everything but the essential elements. The animation takes a similarly clean approach; it's computer-generated, but the characters are depicted as simple and iconic. In a sense, the look and feel is similar to Cartoon Network's Clone Wars animated series, which eschews "reality" in favor of a more stylized depiction. For kids of a certain age, Green Lantern offers just the right mix of action and imagination to get them taping paper around their fingers to run around the backyard as their favorite superhero.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the show's bad guys and their attitudes toward violence. Are they scary? How do they compare to other villains in superhero shows/movies?
How does this show compare to other Green Lantern shows and movies you've seen? Which do you like best?
If you could create something with a Lantern ring, what would it be? What would you do with it?
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