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Power Rangers: Jungle Fury

No surprises in 16th battle-heavy installment.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show's primary intent is to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Characters always rely on violence to resolve conflict -- but at least they do so as a team.

Positive role models

The Rangers are clearly good guys who work well together as a team, and the lone female Ranger holds her own in strength and courage among her male counterparts. But the team's reliance on violence as a means of conflict resolution doesn't set the best example for kids.

Violence & scariness

Violence is central to the show's plot, with lots of physical battles in each episode. Martial-arts style fighting includes kicks, punches, and occasional weapons (sticks and some firepower). No one is shown seriously injured, but in at least one scene, a man dies and transforms into a spirit.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series comes complete with a line of toys and games for kids, and the series itself acts as a marketing tool for the merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like its many predecessors, Power Rangers: Jungle Fury has lots of violence, which is the only available means of conflict resolution. Rangers engage in hand-to-hand martial-arts battles and sometimes use weapons (sticks, nunchuks, and firepower), and some villains morph into huge, insect-like creatures with menacing claws. The show (and its accompanying line of merchandise) is heavily marketed to the 5+ set, but its violent content is more appropriate for kids a few years older.

What's the story?

Thousands of years before POWER RANGERS: JUNGLE FURY, an evil force called Dai Shi and his legions of beasts -- bent on dominating the planet -- waged war on humans. Brave warriors calling themselves The Order of the Claw eventually restored peace by containing Dai Shi, but now the powerful spirit has escaped and again threatens humanity. With the help of their new Order master, a courageous trio of Power Rangers will try to defeat Dai Shi once and for all.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

For older kids who can distinguish the good guys from the bad and fantasy from reality, there's little in the 16th series in the Power Rangers franchise that's likely to surprise them. Power Rangers: Jungle Fury will no doubt appeal to tween boys' sense of adventure, but plenty of them are probably savvy enough to find the predictable plot and overacting a bit too goofy even for their taste.

Ultimately, the show is dragged down by its reliance on violence for entertainment. The content sends poor messages to kids about resolving conflict, and children old enough to understand the unrealistic nature of what they're watching will be turned off by the corniness. So unless your kids are true-blue Rangers fans, you're better off sterring their attention away from this latest iteration.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Power Rangers: Jungle Fury compares to other Power Rangers shows. How is it similar? Does anything set it apart from the others?

  • Why do you think the Power Rangers shows have been so popular and long-lasting? Do they send viewers good messages?

  • How does the violence in this show compare to others you've seen? Could the characters solve their problems in other ways?

TV details

Premiere date:February 18, 2008
Cast:Aljin Abella, Anna Hutchison, Jason Smith
Network:Toon Disney
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byashalthoff January 11, 2015
What other families should know
Great role models
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