LEGO Ninjago: The Series

Common Sense Media says

Fun and action-packed ... for an extended toy commercial.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

The teammates must learn to work as a team and learn to appreciate each individual's unique skills throughout the series. In addition, there are lessons about patience and perseverance as the team decides to continue their quest despite setbacks.

Positive role models

Kai is impatient and hot headed but cares for his sister and is selfless. The black, white, and blue ninjas work well as a team and are generally supportive of each other. All four ninjas are guided by Sensei Wu, their sometimes-silly but wise master who guides the ninjas through their quest as well as providing lessons in patience, planning, and focus. Nya, Kai's younger sister, is a brave and capable young woman who's more patient than her brother.

Violence & scariness

Lots of action and cartoon martial arts battles. The villains are LEGO skeletons who fall apart or are rearranged in battle. There's no blood, and the characters all look like LEGO toys. Some of the monsters who guard the magical weapons may be scary to very young viewers. The good guys always live to fight another day, and the bad guys are almost always defeated.

Sexy stuff

Nya, Kai's younger sister, has a crush on Jay, the blue "lightning" ninja. The two sometimes flirt, and in one episode Nya gives Jay a kiss on the cheek.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series provides a back story to the LEGO Ninjago toy line and serves as an extended advertisement for the toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LEGO Ninjago: The Series is essentially an extended advertisement for the LEGO Ninjago toy line and is a continuation of the movie LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. The fast-paced series is packed with lots of cartoon martial arts battles involving ninjas, skeletons, and guardian monsters, but the action is completely bloodless and at times humorous. Very young viewers might be a little scared by some of the monsters and skeletons, but kids in early elementary school grades and older are likely to find the series exciting and funny.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

LEGO NINJAGO: THE SERIES takes place in the mythical land of Ninjago, where four young teenagers -- Kai (voiced by Vincent Tong), Cole (Kirby Morrow), Zane (Brent Miller), and Jay (Michael Adamthwaite) -- with powers relating to the elements of fire, ice, earth, and lightning are recruited by Sensei Wu (Paul Dobson). The four teens team up to prevent Sensei Wu's brother, the evil Lord Garmadon (Mark Oliver), from finding four special Golden Weapons which could be used to destroy Ninjago. Throughout the series, the boys learn focus, patience, teamwork, and the art of spinjitzu.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEGO Ninjago: The Series, like any extended toy commercial that wants to accomplish its goals, has enough plot and humor to hook young viewers ... and, ultimately, their parents' pocketbooks. The series mainly focuses on the red "fire" ninja Kai and his hero's journey from hot-headed teen to focused team member. Older viewers will be familiar with this well-worn story; the common archetypes of the funny sidekicks, the damsel in distress, the evil empire, and the wise old master are all there, too. If you've seen Star Wars or anything remotely similar, the plot to LEGO Ninjago will feel like old news.

But the fantastic all-LEGO design of the series, along with some genuinely witty moments, provides much-needed excitement and levity. All the characters are LEGO toys come to life and, as such, are fun to watch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the existence of an official back story makes toys more fun to play with. Kids: Do you prefer to make up your own back stories? Does watching this show make you more likely to buy the toys?

  • The violence in LEGO Ninjago is very fast paced and bloodless, but is it necessary to the story? Is it possible to have an adventure series without violence? Does the violence make the toys more desirable?

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Adult Written bybaba 1 May 13, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Lego Ninjago

This is the best! Rated 6+! By watching this awsome lego series, your child would pick up the ability of concentration, patience, and teamwork.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old May 20, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

good. Actually, pretty awesome

Pretty cool actually. It's pretty good for an advertisement for lego. But still nothing to worry about. It's the perfect kiddie mix of romance, violence, and comedy!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old May 6, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

One of the best TV Shows airing presently on CN.

I've seen every episode of Lego Ninjago, and let me say, it's actually a really great show. Some kids don't see it, but this show teaches kids about teamwork, patience, loyalty, and some other good mesages. Although the violence is mostly mild, the finale (Rise of the Great Devourer/Day of the Great Devourer) contains some images and scenes of a large snake that consumes everything. This might freak out the younger viewers. At first, I thought this was pointless, poorly written, and cheesy beyond belief, since it was based on a franchise of toys. But then, after the episodes, I started to think that this was really good and that there should be more TV shows like it. As long as young children (4-5) have parental guidance, it's OK for them to watch it. But 7 and up will most likely end up liking this show. Bottom Line: Really good show, kids will end up having a blast with it (and maybe a laugh or two).
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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