Kulipari: An Army of Frogs

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Graphic novels inspire fantastic -- but violent -- series.

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Educational Value

Some basic awareness of creatures' scientific classifications and characteristics (frogs are amphibians, spiders spin webs), but it's not the focus of the story.

Positive Messages

Darel is motivated by his love for his family and broader community, as well as his father's legacy, refusing to let his limitations keep him from achieving his dreams. He dismisses others' prejudice against him, believing instead in his own potential rather than ancient definitions of heroes. Villains respond to greed and revenge; Darel and his compatriots value freedom and peace. The idea that a character is more than what his or her appearance suggests is a common theme. Though outnumbered, strong female characters do exist on both sides of the moral boundary. Some mild bullying even among friends, but nothing really harmful.

Positive Role Models & Representations

They don't get any better than Darel, who's courageous, idealistic, and determined to follow his heart. What he lacks in size and strength, he makes up for in perseverance and cleverness. Coorah is equally likable, as is the fact that she succeeds with knowledge rather than with force. While some adults pressure Darel to be content with his lot in life, others (like his kindly mother) understand and support his drive for something more. Villains are manipulative and evil, and they rule by force rather than by the will of their fellow creatures.

Violence & Scariness

Intense clashes between warring sides, with hand-to-hand exchanges and some weapons. Some creatures have magical powers that allow them to ensnare or otherwise harm enemies. In one scene, oversized spiders are torn apart and burned by scorpions. Frequent peril, and the safety of entire animal populations are in jeopardy.

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Language

Name-calling such as "slime," "gutless," and "coward."

Consumerism

The show is inspired by a series of graphic novels.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kulipari: An Army of Frogs is inspired by a series of graphic novels by Trevor Price that follow a peaceful kingdom of frogs protected by legendary warriors called Kulipari, who come under attack from devious enemies. Some scenes are violent, showing amphibian and insect characters fighting to the death. Villains scheme and plot to destroy the frogs' homeland, which threatens inhabitants young and old. But from the melee emerges an unlikely hero, one who believes in himself even when most others don't and who doesn't let his limitations get in the way of his potential. In so doing, he challenges tradition in a positive way and breaks down barriers for others, including his whip-smart best friend who proves her worth not with brawn but with her brains. Expect some name-calling ("gutless," "coward") in this action-packed series that's better suited for tweens than it is for younger kids.

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Parent of a 1 and 6 year old Written byValerio D. November 23, 2017

Serious Subjects Treated Simply - A Good Adventure Series

Kulipari tells a story of war, the frog people are attacked by the Scorpions and have to come together and resist to survive the invasion. While some parents... Continue reading

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What's the story?

KULIPARI: AN ARMY OF FROGS is set in a hidden kingdom of frogs long-protected from predator species by a magical veil of invisibility and a group of poisonous frog warriors called Kulipari. Now faced with the threat of Lord Marmoo (voiced by Keith David) and the evil Scorpions and their new ally, Spider Queen Jarrah (Wendie Malick), the Kulipari must once again join forces with their friends and defend their homeland. The story closely follows a wood frog named Darel (Josh Keaton), son of a legendary Kulipari but rejected from their ranks because he lacks the requisite poison. With war imminent, though, Darel must overcome his fears -- and the Kuliparis' prejudice -- and take the front line in the fight for freedom with his best friends, Coorah (Lacey Chabert) and Gee (Mikey Kelley).

Is it any good?

This exceptional fantasy adventure has cross-generational appeal, prominent social messages, and more than one outstanding role model, but it's not a one-size-fits-all show. Though its animation and seemingly benign insect and amphibian cast suggest it's meant for kids, there are some dark moments and heavy themes that may not be appropriate for them. Battle scenes can be intense, and the constant threat of an invasive enemy puts the general population of underdog creatures (frogs, turtles, platypuses) in harm's way time and again. On one hand, Kulipari does well to represent the realities of war and the courageous acts required to defend one's homeland; on the other, it can be a scary watch for kids who sympathize with the gentler species.

Tweens, teens, and even adults who watch will find many worthwhile themes at play in the story. Astute viewers will notice the effects of different community constructs, for one. Scorpions grow up in a climate of violence and competition with one goal -- dominance -- in mind and so become greedy for more victims and space. Conversely, the frog community is generally cooperative, and competition exists to benefit the group instead of the individual, which generates a friendlier environment. Similarly, in Darel viewers find a well-rounded hero who dreams big but remembers his humble roots, which causes him to be motivated by peace, friendship, and the sense of being part of something bigger than himself. The bottom line? This is a real know-your-kid situation because of the show's tension, but if you're looking for a thought-provoking series you can enjoy with your tweens, Kulipari is worth your time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of enemies. What inspires people or groups of people to strongly dislike each other? What are some constructive ways to resolve differences?

  • Does Darel look the part of a hero? How are his heroics defined differently by different characters (his younger siblings, his peers, his elders)? Who are your kids' heroes?

  • How does this show's violence compare to that in other shows? Do any of the characters revel in the violence, or is it just a means to an end? In real life, is it ever appropriate to fight?

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