A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sonic Boom is a CGI series that adds another chapter to the fast-paced antics of Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends. As in the four previous shows inspired by the videogame character, violence (blasters, explosions, and bombs, mostly) is the main issue for parents, but the show's humor keeps the mood light even in these scenes. Kids will hear some name-calling ("loser," "stupid," "whackjob"), and there's an ongoing struggle between Sonic's gang and a villain who tries to upend their cohesiveness for his own gain. On the other hand, friendship and teamwork are recurring themes.
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What's the story?
SONIC BOOM follows the misadventures of the videogame-inspired blue hedgehog and his friends as they thwart the evil plots of their nemesis, Dr. Eggman (voiced by Mike Pollock) and his robot underlings, in their jungle home. Between fending off the scheming villain's plans and managing relationships within their own group, Sonic (Roger Craig Smith), Tails (Colleen Villard), Knuckles (Travis Willingham), Amy (Cindy Robinson), and Sticks (Nika Futterman) always have plenty to keep them busy.
Is it any good?
Sonic Boom is the first series based on the '90s videogame character to be cast in CGI. The change is a welcome one, bringing new vibrancy to this energetic bunch and giving the show a more modern feel than its predecessors enjoyed. This makes it all the more appealing for kids, who will see the humor in the posturing between the protagonists and antagonist as well as the dialogue's rapid-fire quips. The fact that the characters are endearingly quirky doesn't hurt, either.
While this series doesn't break any new ground in its content or the messages it sends kids, it offsets its violence with a sympathetic villain who's more concerned with his own gain than he is bent on harming anyone. As many scenes show lighthearted exchanges between Dr. Eggman and Sonic, it's hard to get too worried over those that include the videogame-style explosions and other scuffles. Ultimately the show's intent is for viewers to have fun watching it, and that they're sure to do.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Sonic and his friends. What unites them? In what ways is each character unique? What differences do your kids most appreciate in their own friends?
Kids: Were you familiar with Sonic's character before this show? If so, did that make you want to watch? Do TV shows and commercials influence what you like? Why is it fun to have clothes or accessories with pictures of characters on them?
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