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 My Knight and Me is an animated series set in the medieval era about an inept knight whose capable son and his best friend, a modern-thinking princess, help him safeguard their kingdom. There are many instances of people crashing into things (and each other), falling long distances, and other calamities, all of which is presented as funny. Princess Cat stands out among the characters as a positive role model for girls in particular as she refuses to be boxed in by gender roles of the time and proves herself an able teammate to her male counterparts. Expect some mild name-calling such as "stupid" in this otherwise innocuous series.
What's the story?
MY KNIGHT AND ME chronicles the misadventures of Henri of Orange (voiced by David Gasman), a somewhat bumbling knight with a heart of gold and boundless enthusiasm for every task. Left to his own devices, Henri's success rate in saving the kingdom from witches and dragons would be questionable, but with his capable son, Squire Jimmy (Jules de Jongh), along, he stands a chance. Rounding out the kingdom's wall of defense is headstrong Princess Cat (Kaycie Chase), who's never met a challenge she hasn't conquered.
Is it any good?
Friendship and a likable female role stand out in this lighthearted medieval story. No matter the threat facing them personally or the kingdom as a whole, this valiant father-son duo is ready to leap into action, but it's Cat who always manages to steal the show with her refusal to be defined by the expectations placed upon her because she's a princess. She's a modern model for modern girls, proving the only limitations that exist are those we put on ourselves.
And speaking of modern, My Knight and Me straddles its setting between the Dark Ages and current times as conveniences such as computers and tricked-out carriages exist for the characters. Although a bit misleading about the realities of medieval times, this heightens the sense of fantasy in these stories and facilitates even more funny adventures for the characters.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which aspects of My Knight and Me reflect authentic medieval sights and sounds and which are more modern. Does the blend of the two improve the story? If so, how?
Which traits make Cat a good role model? Does she break rules or challenge expectations in her quest to be her own person? Can you relate to her struggle to set her own destiny?
Are the villains in this series scary? What makes them so (or not)? Do you enjoy being a little scared when you're watching a show or movie?
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