Parents' Guide to

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Themes of perseverance, friendship dominate dystopian tale.

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age 6+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 5+


We're Missionary Baptist, and our son is 5. He gets limited screen-time and we screen all movies, shows, and even the few educational games he is allowed to play. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kipo! It has characters that look like us, messages about perseverance, learning about the world around you, and how to treat your neighbors. We only know a handful of gay families, and want our son to know how to interact with all peoples: With respect and love. Point blank. Exactly what Yhwh teaches us. Watching Kipo got us to have conversations about astronomy, why and how insects regenerate limbs, you name it! He didn't ask about Benson being gay, but did ask why he "didn't like the pretty girl back". He asked if it hurt Kipo's feelings, and we got to discuss that Benson likes people other than Kipo, and that's OK, and they could still be friends and support each other. We also got to have a very short conversation about how, when people he isn't attracted to try to cross boundaries, he has the right to have his boundaries respected, and vice versa. For all the amazing parents out there worried about the conversations that could come from some of these moments in the show, I encourage you to keep going and keep having these positive conversations. God allows all people in His world, and it's our job to teach our babies how to love all, even those who are different from us. There are same-sex attractions in our world and we're grateful that that one, small moment in the show gave us a chance to teach our baby, in our home, how to deal when he comes across them (through a great show)!
age 8+

(8yr)-Really funny. They stick up for each other.

My little sister is 8 years old n really likes superhero type shows. I have only been watching the show 5 minutes but it seems really funny and cool. Yes she realizes that the character Benson is gay and is not influenced nor bother by the fact. I don’t believe putting gay characters on tv is “pushing an agenda” I grown up watching straight people kiss on tv as a kid on shows like Drake and Josh” which was a kids show and l was never influenced to go make out with boys. I also think including characters like Benson well help stop bullying at school. Overall great show my sister loves it and says they always stick up for each other and their pets are funny and cool.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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