Powerbirds

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Parakeet superhero pals fight crime and foster friendships.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show is about entertainment, not education -- but messages expressed here are positive ones.

Positive Messages

Series emphasizes importance of communication and teamwork via superhero-themed storytelling.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not everything Polly and Ace do works out the way they planned, but they strive to make the best decisions possible for the greater good. Villain characters lie, cheat, steal, but there are always consequences to their poor actions.

Violence & Scariness

Very cartoonish "combat" scenes where nobody gets injured. Powerbirds do things like bury a dog in a pile of his own dog food to slow him down during a battle.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Powerbirds is an animated series for younger kids that centers on a couple of parakeets who -- unbeknownst to their owner -- have superhero alter egos they slip into when a villain's plan needs to be foiled. These plans are irksome but not violent; expect to see raccoons stealing pizzas and pugs who wreak havoc on hayrides. Teamwork is the most prominent theme here.

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What's the story?

POWERBIRDS is an animated series about Ace (Cory Doran) and Polly (Tara Strong), a pair of adorable parakeets who live with a superhero-obsessed kiddo named Max (Orlando Lucas). These are no ordinary birds, however: Whenever one of the numerous local villains (such as Asher Stasher, a materialistic squirrel who loves to burgle baubles) starts to stir up trouble, the duo head straight to their secret lair (aka "The Command Coop") to slip into their superhero suits and rush out to save the day.

Is it any good?

Kids are sure to dig this playful series for its dynamic visual style, cheeky humor, and adorable lead characters. While Powerbirds is a good-versus-evil kind of show full of superhero antics and battles, the villains are silly rather than scary -- it's hard to be too frightened of a maniacal cartoon owl who blows "bad dream bubbles" at unsuspecting townsfolk. The series is probably a bit too simplistic for older audiences, but the stories are cheerful and funny while also focusing on lessons about friendship, sharing, and cooperation, making it a fine choice for younger kiddos.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about characters with secret identities. What are some other TV shows or movies that feature this particular twist? Do you think the concept would work in real life? Why or why not?

  • How do the characters in Powerbirds demonstrate teamwork and communication? Why are these important character strengths?

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For kids who love preschool fun

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