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Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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Skip the pink fluff for something more substantial.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters act badly and are not held responsible for their actions.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon violence between good guys and bad; explosions; characters put in perilous situations.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Feels like one long, continous commercial for the Nintendo video game from which the show was spun-off.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon series is based on a popular Nintendo video game character. While he looks cuddly and pink, Kirby is a star warrior-in-training and gets into at least one skirmish per episode. There are scary voices and situations that show the main characters in peril. Young children may be upset by some of the booming, spooky sounds and alarming images of monsters -- preview this one first.

What's the story?

KIRBY: RIGHT BACK AT YA! is based on the original video game and its characters: Kirby (voiced by Makiko Ômoto), Tiff (Kerry Williams), Tuff (Kayzie Rogers), King Dedede (Ed Paul), and many others. In each episode, Kirby and the "good guys" happen upon a problem. The bad guys (King Dedede and various sidekicks and monsters) put Kirby and his friends into danger, but in the end, Kirby saves the day with his special powers as a star warrior-in-training.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Casual viewers unfamiliar with the video games are likely to be puzzled by the plot, as well as by the characters and their relationships to one another. And while the show does sometimes make a stab at weaving in some educational content, but it doesn't really work. In one episode, for example, the storyline uses archeology as a way of learning about history. While, on the face of it, such information sounds interesting and potentially educational, in this case it's just a lame attempt to make a program that's really about anime characters who like to fight monsters (and each other) look smarter than it actually is.

Between the program itself and the commercials that interrupt it continually, Kirby feels like one continuous ad campaign peppered with animated violence and plots that make little sense. Kirby's pink ball body is a perfect metaphor for the entire show: pure, empty fluff.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the franchising of products. Why do you think the producers of this TV show wanted to make a program about a popular video game character? Do you watch other shows with characters you've come to know through merchandise? What book character would make a good TV star?

TV details

Premiere date:September 14, 2002
Cast:Kayzie Rogers, Kerry Williams, Makiko Omoto
Network:Fox
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byqueendork3 May 5, 2009

I don't know why CommonSense!

Kirby is cute. Get used to it. This show is awesome. It got cancelled for no good reason! You guys dont know how to review. I've only seen the Japanese version, and let me tell you guys one thing: You have never seen such a good show as this one, or you just judged it by its cover. SHAME ON YOU!!!
Teen, 17 years old Written byManx007 April 9, 2008

Love it

Ok first of all I'm 18. I love the show. As a matter of fact I think I'm going to buy the whole series. The show has hidden morals such as "If you try, you will succeed" or "No matter what situation your in your friends will be there for you". My nephew always watches it with me and he loves the show. Hell even my dad watches it and he's 48. (I don't even think he's missed an episode). Anywho the show is adorible and has great characters and symbolisms. Parents need to ease up a little. My parent let me watch shows like this and I learn everything I know from cartoons and video game. Trust me, its the best medicine for kids like me with ADHD, and autism. Anyway I digress, The shows great, my little cousins love it, my nephew loves it, my brother loves it (21 now), and I love it. Just because you lost touch with your inner child, doesnt mean children have to lose touch with it too. Think about. You'll learn something.
Teen, 14 years old Written byHotaru Chan August 5, 2011

Lighten up.

What's up with the one star rating?! Crappy Disney Channel shows get high ratings but you give this horrible treatment to Kirby?! Why?! The messages are typical kid's show messages, and there are plenty of likeable characters. Obviously there's going to be fighting bad guys - it's Kirby. But I have a feeling whoever reviewed this didn't know anything about Kirby and expected something light and fluffy with no meaning at all... ¬_¬ It's very cute while being action packed at the same time. Although I must say, the English version isn't nearly as good as the original Japanese (I can't take Meta Knight seriously with a Spanish accent). So if you can, watch the original version. It's good, Kirby flavored fun. It is a little corny, but in a good way. It gets 4 stars: nearly perfect!

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