A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
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No cursing, but "stupid," "jerk," and "butt."
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Products & Purchases
The series is cross-marketed with a popular line of toys.
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.
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.
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