A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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
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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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.
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.
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