A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The distinction between good and evil is obvious, with the exception of the duplicitous Chancellor/Emporer, who plays both sides to his advantage. But the show's humor greatly diminishes any tension, as foes often joke with each other in the midst of battle, and even injuries are comical because of how the Lego figures come unhinged. Nonetheless, fighting is the most common way to solve problems in this dimension.
Positive Role Models
Some good, some bad. Yoda takes center stage in this series, and he's a force of good and fairness. Those on the other side plot evil, but they come across as sillier than they are threatening. All of the characters are goofier than are their counterparts in the live-action movies. Young Jedis-in-training often go against their teachers' advice and jump into the danger themselves.
Violence & Scariness
All of the characters are shown as Lego figures, which lessens the impact of the violence, but destruction and battle sequences are common. Characters use lightsabers and laser guns as well as telepathic powers of the force to choke or force victims into submission, and spacecraft explode when they're hit by laser blasts. Death and injury is often shown as characters losing limbs or breaking in half (as Lego figures are wont to do), and inanimate structures crumble into Lego blocks as well. Some of the creatures can be intimidating, and the good guys are nearly always in peril.
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There's no cursing, but you'll hear some playground-style talk like "well, duh," "buzz off," and verbal jabs like "you slimy slug."
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Products & Purchases
The series blends two marketing powerhouses in Lego and the Star Wars franchise, and toys and other products bearing the characters' images line store shelves.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles is an animated series that parodies parts of the story line of the first three live-action Star Wars movies. Because the characters and much of the scenery are built of Lego pieces, the show can feel like a lengthy ad for the accompanying Lego products, but a quality comical story line ensures it's more than just something fun to look at. Expect to see a number of battle sequences, both with light sabers and between spacecraft, and some short-lived injuries that leave victims without limbs or entire portions of their Lego bodies.
Is It Any Good?
This is a laugh-out-loud parody of the Star Wars prequel stories, in much the same vein as The Empire Strikes Out. With Yoda in the starring role, there's the expected bevy of jokes at the expense of his trademark speech pattern, of course, but those are just the icing on this show's comical cake. What's most fun are the persistent jabs at the live-action movies themselves, with rapid-fire inside jokes that will fly above the heads of kids tuning in but will delight those viewers with at least a working knowledge of the original films' storyline.
The Lego Star Wars joint franchise has gained traction with fans, all of whom will celebrate the fact that Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles spans three episodes rather than just one. Of course, this means more screen time for the marketing side of the show, since nothing makes Lego more enticing than animated Lego. But that's a relatively small price to pay for this gem of creativity and comedy.
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