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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Themes of perseverance, friendship dominate dystopian tale.
 Parents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

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Educational Value

The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

Kipo's experiences with her surface friends challenge stereotypes that each holds against the others and change how they view those they don't know. As they find common ground, they also find common enemies in mutants they encounter. Themes about perseverance, courage throughout. A character is gay and treated with respect and compassion. 

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kipo is resilient, optimistic, takes delight in new discoveries. She makes friends easily, even when those friends resist connection. Like Kipo, Wolf and Benson adjust their impressions of people once they come to know them.

Violence & Scariness

Frequent chase scenes and perilous scenarios, from which Kipo and friends narrowly escape. Some hitting, use of handheld weapons like clubs and maces. Some death of mutant animals, as when an insect flies into a death ivy plant and drops dead. Massive animals and insects cause fright at times.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is an imaginative, vibrant animated series set in a futuristic world in which mutant animals dominate the surface and most humans live underground. It has tons of visual appeal, creative characters, and clever use of music, as well as standout messages about resilience challenging stereotypes. Some scenes involve violence with weapons like clubs, maces, and Wolf's homemade staff (which has a poisonous scorpion stinger on the end). But fatalities are rare and most often the result of accidents rather than physical encounters. Kipo (voiced by Karen Fukuhara) is an appealing main character who refuses to let her circumstances get her down. And her friends show they're willing to risk their own safety for her sake. This unique series has broad viewing appeal and is one that families with older kids and tweens will enjoy.  

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  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywizardortitan January 22, 2020

Calling out all the bigoted parents

Yes, a character comes out as gay. This show is rated TV-Y7-FV, and any seven-year-old should be able to handle a simple explanation of "What does that mea... Continue reading
Adult Written bygreaterking January 22, 2020

Well that was surprising...

I'm a father of three young children 1, 3 and 9. We raise our children on Christian principles and values. Young kids as you know are very impressionable a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykoolk22 January 25, 2020

Why are all of these parents so homophobic?

This show is amazing. The colors, music, and themes are all great. One of the main characters (Benson) comes out as gay to Kipo and everything is fine. If you h... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 24, 2020

Dreamworks is on a roll with their shows

OK I GET THAT GAY STUFF IS P%##$NG PEOPLE OFF,but there still alot this show offers.Suggest you watch it

What's the story?

In KIPO AND THE AGE OF WONDERBEASTS, a teen girl is thrust into the world aboveground after living her entire life in a subterranean burrow in an untamed post-apocalyptic world. As Kipo (voiced by Karen Fukuhara) explores her new surroundings and tries to figure out a way to get home, she encounters mutant animals, dilapidated urban remnants of a bygone time, and an uncertain destiny. That is, until she befriends a hardened surface dweller named Wolf (Sydney Mikayla), a mutant pig pet named Mandu (Dee Bradley Baker), an optimistic boy named Benson (Coy Stewart), and a bug named Dave (Deon Cole) who repeats his life cycle over and over again. Together her new friends band together in an effort to get Kipo home ... if they can avoid the many dangers that threaten their very survival on the surface.

Is it any good?

A striking animation style and unique story carry this exceptional series from the moment it introduces its gregarious and courageous heroine. To meet Kipo is to love her. Despite her uncertain circumstances, she keeps a positive attitude and a belief that everything will work out well. In that way she is in sharp contrast to Wolf, whose awareness of the harsh realities of life on the surface give her a shrewdness that often comes across as ill temper. Somewhere in the middle falls Benson and the ever hilarious Dave, who provide some levity to even the tensest of moments. The members of this motley crew are each other's best hope for surviving in a world dominated by mutated creatures with varying degrees of nefarious plans for humans.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is a dystopian tale that's devoid of the kind of political or social themes that often filter into the genre, instead sticking to messages of hope and resilience that play out in different ways relative to the characters' respective personalities. Despite their disparate natures, Kipo, Wolf, Benson, and Dave share a determination to beat the odds, and they learn to lean on each other to take the calculated risks that are needed to do so. This captivating series is one that will appeal to adults almost as much as it does to the tweens and young teens in its target audience, which bodes well for families looking for fresh watch-together fare. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the uncertain world in which Kipo finds herself. Who is in charge there? How are disagreements settled and deals made? How does this scenario compare to what exists in the present? Are futuristic stories like Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts entirely far-fetched, or are there any elements of possible truth in them?

  • What qualities does Kipo value in other people? How do they differ from those that Wolf favors? Do her new surroundings in the surface world change her values in any way? If so, how does this serve her in the unfamiliar territory?

  • What accounts for Kipo's optimism? How does believing the best in people and in situations help her overcome challenges?

  • Is Kipo courageous because she has nothing to lose or because she has everything to gain? Is there a difference, and if so, does it matter?

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