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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Beautiful moody miniseries is too dark for younger viewers.

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age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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age 8+

Brilliant series explores complex backstories, troubled characters

Like Adventure Time itself, Stakes manages to display breathtaking visuals and ideas while also maintaining a sense of fun and humor. As always, characters and story are superb, and the only things that might make it an iffy choice for particularly young kids are a few scary moments and some cartoonish violence.

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Too much violence

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Visually psychedelic, thematically mature, and filled with arresting characters in unusual situations, this miniseries is something special for tweens and up but too dark for younger kids. On Adventure Time, Marceline was an impish frenemy to Finn and Jake and a minor character good for a few sassy lines -- who knew this tragedy of a life was hidden beneath her cheeky vibe? The eight-part Stakes picks up after the apocalyptic Great Mushroom War, which sets the stage for a series of abandonments that render Marceline a solitary, sad, yet powerful figure.

The five vampires who return after Marceline chooses to become human again are clear metaphors for the sorrows of her past; her fight to lay them to rest is a heroine's quest with powerful allegorical meaning. Though this miniseries is too dark (and a bit depressing, despite the occasional burst of absurdity) for younger viewers, tweens, teens, and even adults will relate to her struggle. This is great family watching (especially for moms and daughters) for animation fans.

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