A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series intends to teach kids basic safety skills like dialing 911, battling hypothermia by warming the body's extremities, and sending distress signals. They also become familiar with the work of rescue teams in various emergency situations.
The show incorporates essential emergency skills in a way that kids will understand. Each episode wraps up with the characters speaking directly to the audience about the story's important messages, drawing kids' attention to how the characters' knowledge of these skills helped in an emergency. Other positive attributes are illustrated throughout the stories, including teamwork, responsibility, and respecting authority.
Positive Role Models
The heroes are excellent models of courage, teamwork, and selfless adherence to duty. Not all of the characters make good choices all the time, but they learn from their mistakes and change their behavior accordingly. The heroes represent both genders and diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Violence & Scariness
People face perilous situations like house fires, avalanches, earthquakes, and cave-ins. Although the heroes always save the day, there are some tense moments for the victims, some of whom suffer injuries from the emergencies. While the content is never graphic, it doesn't shy away from tying emergency scenarios to realistic outcomes like unconsciousness, hypothermia, and the possibility of fatalities.
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Products & Purchases
Originally the series was inspired by a merchandise line by Fisher Price and Mattel, although that's less of a concern now that those action figures aren't front and center on toy shelves.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rescue Heroes is an action cartoon that incorporates important safety skills such as dialing 911, extinguishing a fire, and warding off hypothermia. Adults and kids find themselves in life-threatening situations (volcanoes, sinking ships, forest fires) that might frighten younger or sensitive kids, but ultimately everyone escapes the danger thanks to the heroic efforts of the rescuers. The characters don't always make good choices, but they do learn that their actions can have serious consequences for themselves and for others, and the show's hallmark themes include teamwork, preparedness, and responsibility.
Is It Any Good?
Rescue Heroes does a lot of things right, from casting true-to-life heroes like firefighters and police officers in place of superpower-charged men of steel to keeping the stories' content relatable to the kids who are watching. Each episode involves a different emergency situation of some kind, and whether it's a house fire or weather-related dangers, viewers will pick up useful tips for staying safe in similar scenarios themselves. Thanks to Billy Blazes and his team, kids see the value of knowing how to prevent an emergency and how to stay safe if they find themselves in one.
For a cartoon with such an emphasis on teaching, though, Rescue Heroes never comes across as preachy or overly instructional, which ensures that kids will give their full attention to the stories. What's more, the show's careful attention to the relationships among the characters allows kids to learn from their actions and subsequent consequences, which aren't always happy but do offer important social messages.
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