Parents' Guide to

Skylanders Academy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Toy-inspired adventure series a fun pick with broad appeal.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 11+

Not exactly funny for small Kids (or educational)

Skylanders Academy is a show made for fans of Skylanders or Spyro the Dragon, and thats evident. The only issues I had with the show is the humour, while I found it funny as I'm a teenager, the humour is really questionable. Theres a lot of humour about Marital struggles (a recurring joke of Claire and Gary's failing marriage- bizarre), Mental Health and family struggles. The main character is often left to do most of the work himself, while also struggling with inner conflict on his upbringing and ancestors. He is repeatedly gaslit by friends and peers about his true family and its supposed to be funny- it often isn't. He is shown to act out of impulse, actively harming himself or putting himself in danger, and no one takes accountability for it, despite the fact they essentially tell him he needs to prove himself over and over again to be seen as respectable- even though he does most of the work. Other characters are either stupid, ignorant or straight up rude- and are played off as being better than our main character morally. Stealth Elf is the worst offender as she repeatedly berates her so called friend, and acts as if he has no right to feel sorry for himself in certain situations. Hes often justified. There is an entire episode about main characters trauma regarding his family, the truth and a battle, where everyone plays it off as if he cant be scared since hes the greatest Skylander on the team. Not a good message for kids imo. The most interesting arc (Dark Spyro) ends rather abruptly, and the unfortunate cancellation means we wont see further development on the story, which is a shame, since despite the rather inappropriate humour (for young kids at least) the story was well put together by the final season. Ignoring the inappropriate humour and dunks on mental health; some it is rather funny, using slapstick and visual gags, or replacing cuss words with innocent things ('sheeps gonna get real'), Flynn calling himself Daddy was just weird as hell, made me giggle but still weird. The animations not that bad, depending on how you watch the show, any recent, high quality tv and every colour is bright and over saturated. Stealth Elf was nearly white?? But overall the Animation isn't terrible, but the small budget is noticable. This show has little to no educational value, no message in this show is in anyway healthy for small kids. Some of the humour is rather grown to me, small kids probably arent going to laugh at Glumshanks Anxiety Meds, or his dunk on Pronouns (Not even kidding thats an actual joke in the final episodes), I don't even think a 7 yr old would get it. The shows humour felt like the average 16 yr old on Twitter, and thats why it was funny to me (except Claire and Gary- seriously who approved that?). Dont bother if you want education or good messages for life, if you want a half decent angsty Spyro fanfiction where half the time he wants to run away from his found family, go ahead. Go crazy. I did and watched it 25 times. Overall not great for young kids, unless you're really bored. And you hate Master Eon, Spoiler, he explodes in the final episode (YIPPE)
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age 6+

The show: Skylanders is a good introduction to the skylands franchise!

this show, skylanders is very positive, and is a pretty good introduction to the skylands franchise. though some parts are non-canon. there is a little bit of consumerism, but not too much! i think this show is great, if your kids are 6 and up. however, some jokes are made for older children, but thats okay! 11/10 it is very good for kids.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Exceptionally animated and boasting an impressive voice cast, this series doesn't settle for simply winning over fans of the toys that inspired it. The story is intriguing right from the start, centering on the lovably arrogant Spyro, who's destined to become a hero but seems lacking in some important qualities for the job. Luckily he has his two best friends by his side, both of whom bring out the best in him even when he doesn't know it's there. He's also helped along by his eternally patient adoptive father and mentor, Master Eon (Daniel Hagen).

Skylanders Academy is a must-see for kids already familiar with the toys, but for those seeing the characters and learning the story for the first time, the show may turn their heads to the related merchandise. Even so, it's a highly entertaining blend of comedy, action, and the struggle between good and evil, decided by powerful young warriors with magical, elemental skills and a determination to save their homeland.

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