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Lego City Adventures
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego City Adventures is an animated series set in a busy Lego metropolis where community helpers like police, firefighters, and sanitation workers are the stories' heroes. Expect lots of cartoon mishaps -- like combustible liquid explosions, crashes, and extensive damage to buildings from an oversized runaway balloon -- but injuries aren't too common and are typically played for humor. Even though the stories make an effort to cast female characters in powerful positions like fire chief, they're often defined by personality quirks like chronic grumpiness or a bossy demeanor. Still, despite the fact that this series doubles as a pretty effective advertising campaign for the Lego brand/merchandise, it's a genuinely funny show with fast-paced, unpredictable humor.
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What's the story?
LEGO CITY ADVENTURES is a collection of stories centered on the hardworking and devoted public servants who keep a bustling metropolis running smoothly. Or -- in the case of Lego City -- merely running. When calamity befalls the busy city, it's community helpers like Officer Duke Detain (voiced by Joe Zieja) and Fire Chief Freya McCloud (Misty Lee) who are quick to respond. Their tactics might be a bit (or a lot) unorthodox, but no one can fault them their bravery, and in the end they get the job done and safeguard their home from mishaps, robbers, and the occasional intrepid villain.
Is it any good?
Lego's recipe for hilarious entertainment tailored to the well-known blocky toy line rarely disappoints, and these stories, based on some of the most dysfunctional community safety departments you've ever seen, fall right in line. One-line zingers poke fun at Lego mores (large bags with dollar signs that act as robber bait, for instance) and classic cartoon cliches (villains whose premature celebrations prove their undoing). The wacky characters certainly wouldn't cut it as chiefs and safety professionals in the real world, but they're just right for a city that's as unpredictable as they are.
What makes Lego City Adventures a lot of fun is the rapid-fire humor in both dialogue and situational plot, much of which will be lost on young kids. As silly as the plot and characters can be, the whole package is more tailored to tweens and teens who can follow the somewhat frantic pace and constant action.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of movies and TV series based on toys. Does seeing the characters onscreen make you more interested in the toys themselves? How does the Lego brand compare to others that have brought their characters to the screen?
Are the community helpers in this story good role models? In what ways do they exhibit courage and determination? Do they ever disappoint in their actions? How might their real-life counterparts in their jobs handle similar situations differently than they do?
Do the stories in Lego City Adventures have a point or set out to teach viewers anything? Does entertainment have to educate to be worthwhile? Why or why not?
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