A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
May gain some familiarity with the Chinese story of the Monkey King and Journey to the West, the 16th century novel that's among the best known in Chinese literature.
The only way to gain self-confidence is through practice. Step up to defend others.
Positive Role Models
The main character learns to work hard in order to achieve success and takes on the responsibility of defending his city.
The characters are Lego figures living in a Chinese society.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoon violence and fighting with scary, loud villains. Things fall and smash characters. MK is continually battling the demon bull king who wants to dominate the world. The boss of the noodle place where they work, Pigsy, is often angry and yells at MK. Name-calling and laughing at characters when they mess up. A sense of peril, with many episodes ending ominously.
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Characters sometimes call each other names or yell at each other.
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Products & Purchases
Series is based on the Lego franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Lego Monkie Kid series features a cast of Lego characters in a Chinese society. The main character, MK, fights evil using martial arts. There's lots of cartoon violence and fighting with scary, loud villains. Things fall in the midst of the fighting, and characters get smashed. MK is continually battling the demon bull king who wants to dominate the world. The boss of the noodle place where they work, Pigsy, is often angry and yells at MK. There's name-calling and laughing at characters when they mess up, as well as a sense of peril, with many episodes ending ominously.
Is It Any Good?
This animated Lego series is fast-moving, suspenseful, and frenetic, all things that will draw young, hero-loving viewers to it. The Lego Monkie Kid episodes are short, usually around 10 minutes, but each manages a satisfying story arc and a few laughs. Unfortunately, some of those laughs come from mild violence, name-calling, or yelling. Underlying lessons are also delivered as mixed messages. For example, MK breaks something and says "part of being a hero is owning up to your mistakes," but later fails to admit what he's done. Overall, there's not a lot of bang for your parental buck here, but your child will likely be enthralled with the high-quality animation and likable cast of characters.
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