A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Good always wins in this struggle between Sneevil and the Smighties, who use their individual powers and teamwork to undermine his schemes. Even though he's on the wrong side of the moral divide, Bigs is an ingenious inventor and crafts all sorts of unique machines to do Sneevil's bidding. The Smighties generally value friendship, honesty, and individuality. Problems are resolved quickly and with little fallout, but there are some decent messages in how the Smighties relate to and work with each other.
Positive Role Models
Every Smighty has a different passion that guides his or her interests, but their real power is in how the heroes use their collective abilities to beat Sneevil.
Violence & Scariness
The Smighties often face mild peril at the hands of their nemesis, Sneevil, who lays various traps for them. They always manage to avoid catastrophe in the nick of time, usually diverting the danger toward Sneevil himself, but without injury.
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Products & Purchases
The show is an extension of games and collectible merchandise featuring the Smighties.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Smighties is a cartoon featuring the characters from a line of video games and other merchandise, so kids who don't know them yet may take new interest in the other branches of this franchise. The Smighties are tiny heroes who face off with the neighborhood villain to protect their community from harm and their coveted Smighty Stones from theft. There's little violence in the stories, and the baddies are more bumbling than scary, so the content is mostly OK for young kids. Viewers will see that individuality is revered among the Smighties, who combine their unique skills to protect their home.
Is It Any Good?
This cartoon is visually appealing and packed with silly humor, but it's no great imaginative feat. It could succeed without great originality, given that kids who know the characters from the games and toys are sure to want to indulge in this new arm of the franchise, but it misses the chance to make the most of this captive audience with standout storylines. In fact, for anyone who's seen The Smurfs, the whole tiny-creatures-vs.-scheming-villain plot similarities are hard to shake.
On the upside, the Smighties have the moral upper hand in their conflicts with Sneevil, and their distinctly individual personalities make it fun to choose and root for favorites. They can be argumentative with each other at times, but when push comes to shove, they value teamwork and collective success more than they do individual glory. Smighties' commercial quotient deserves consideration before introducing newcomers to the sizable franchise, though.
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