Skylanders Academy

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Toy-inspired adventure series a fun pick with broad appeal.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Kids see Spyro learn lessons in humility and teamwork the hard way, so before there's success, there's usually chaos of some kind. As he discovers that his actions affect others, he slowly comes around to a more compassionate and selfless mentality. Good and evil are easy to distinguish, but the comical jabs between the two sides sometimes blur those lines.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Spyro is vain and arrogant, but he's also a brilliant warrior who will put everything on the line to protect the Skylands. His peers are better at teamwork than he is, but it takes all of them combining their powers to keep their home safe. Master Eon leads by example through understated strength and outward vision.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of action during battles and battle training. Explosions, gauntlets with spikes, blades, dragons breathing fire, and the like, but no visible injuries.

Sexy Stuff
Language

No cursing, but "stupid," "jerk," and "butt."

Consumerism

The series is cross-marketed with a popular line of toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skylanders Academy is an obvious choice for kids who know and like the toys that inspired it, but it's a genuinely captivating series with excellent animation, strong characters, and broad appeal. Battle scenes feature explosions, fire (Spyro breathes it, Eruptor shoots it from his head), and some weapons, but no injuries. There's also some name-calling such as "jerk" and "stupid." Strong messages about humility, teamwork, and being mindful of other people follow Spyro's every move, and his struggle to keep his ego in check is a constant effort. Because it's aligned with an extensive product line, there's a commercial aspect to this show that should be considered before you give your kids the OK.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 year old Written byronansuperman February 13, 2017
Parent of a 11 year old Written byMargunn B. October 18, 2017
Teen, 17 years old Written byDawn Darkness November 9, 2016

A Good Show!

I thought the series is good, so far. I've seen the first three episodes, and immediately, I love it. Though, the look on Spyro, doesn't compare to hi... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 30, 2016

Good Skylanders Show, but I like the games more

Okay, so I have only seen three episodes of this show, so I can give you a full on review. This is a really good show based on Skylanders, but I like the games... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SKYLANDERS ACADEMY, a headstrong dragon named Spyro (voiced by Justin Long) joins a legendary line of warriors tasked with protecting his homeland, Skylands, from people and creatures who mean it harm. As the most talented cadet ever to attend Skylanders Academy, Spyro seemed destined for greatness, but his oversized ego keeps him from achieving success like his friends Eruptor (Jonathan Banks) and Stealth Elf (Ashley Tisdale). Only with some hard-fought lessons in humility and a new dedication to being a good teammate will Spyro rise to the ranks of the Skylanders and fight alongside his friends to keep their home safe from the likes of Kaos (Richard Horvitz) and other would-be villains.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroes such as those in Skylanders Academy. Can a person be a hero even if he or she isn't necessarily likable? How do you balance people's positive and negative qualities?

  • Is Spyro a good leader for his team? Would they work better together if they all acted like he does, or does it take different personalities to round out an effective team?

  • Are the bad guys in this show scary? How does this compare with your kids' fears in the real world? Is it always possible to understand a person's motivations from the start?

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