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Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood reimagines the classic characters as youngsters who come to the rescue whenever something is afoul in their Sherwood Forest home. Sometimes it's by the spoiled, petty Prince John's design; other times it's at the hands of a trickster or con artist who's just passing through. Though the show has a fair amount of action, the characters are rarely in danger; rather they're faced with magical or preposterous predicaments that are more amusing than they are scary. As in the original Robin Hood tales, doing the right thing often gets them in hot water with those in charge, but they're guided by a solid set of values. This worthwhile series is fun for kids and parents and has some decent messages about honesty, fairness, and respect.
What's the story?
Sherwood Forest's very own bunch of heroes maintains law and order in hilarious fashion in ROBIN HOOD: MISCHIEF IN SHERWOOD. With the indomitable Robin (voiced by Tom Wayland) leading the way, this youthful band of do-gooders includes Tuck (Eli James), Little John (Jake Paque), Marian (Sarah Natochenny), and Robin's cousin Scarlett (Eileen Stevens). With the king away and his spoiled, self-absorbed son, Prince John (David Nelson), sitting on the throne, Sherwood Forest needs all the help it can get to keep the peace and deter swindlers who pass through.
Is it any good?
This youthful spin on the classic Robin Hood story will charm kids with its memorable characters and their comical predicaments. Contrary to the Robin Hood legend, there's no robbing (even from the rich) going on here; instead, the kids face schemers who trick and manipulate their way to trouble for the Sherwood residents. With Robin leading the charge -- and his friends there to rein him in when he gets ahead of himself -- they must figure out a way to restore order so they can get back to what they do best -- having fun.
Even without prior knowledge of the classic Robin Hood story, Mischief in Sherwood is an engaging watch about a charismatic and rascally central figure. It doesn't take long to settle into the characters and their personalities or to identify Robin and his friends as the purveyors of fairness in a land ruled by a too-big-for-his-britches prince who misuses his authority. This might raise some questions from your kids about the difference between doing what's right and doing what's lawful, but in most cases, the distinction is obvious.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about right and wrong in Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood and in general. Is it ever hard to decipher one from the other? Are rules and laws always guided by values? If not, what other factors play a role in creating them?
How do Robin and his friends counter the trickery of the show's bad guys? Are their actions always upstanding in contrast? Is it ever OK to do a wrong thing for a right reason?
How are female characters portrayed in this show? Is it important to you that both genders have equal representation on TV?
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