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Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures
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 Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures is a series of micro-short animated videos centered on key moments from the original films. The shorts are right around a minute in length, so there's not much depth to them: think of it as a "Greatest Hits," but cartoon-style. Violence is on par with what's seen in the original films, but the effect is milder in this cutesy animated format; expect laser gun fights and spaceships blasting and crashing into one another, and Darth Vader's famed "Force Choke" is shown. There are a few potentially scary characters for very little kids (the hungry Wampa with sharp teeth comes to mind). Though the series is free to watch, each installment directs kids to visit the Star Wars Kids website, which is chock-full of merchandise to buy.
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What's the story?
STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES takes key moments from the classic, original sci-fi films and turns them into big-eyed, anime-inspired mini-cartoons, each running around a minute in length. Meant as a way of introducing young viewers to the now-iconic characters and storylines, these bite-sized animations cover memorable movie moments like Luke Skywalker's X-wing assault on the Death Star, Princess Leia standing up to Darth Vader and his stormtroopers, Chewbacca flipping over the holographic chess set, Emperor Palpatine scheming to create a Galactic Empire, and more.
Is it any good?
There's no real narrative structure; it's just one nostalgia-driven moment after another, but the animation's pleasant enough, making this a good fit for kids who aren't quite ready for the films. Parents, too, may enjoy reminiscing over their own childhood memories of the original films while watching Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures recreate them for a whole new generation. Still, it's hard to not feel a tiny bit cynical about the actual need for such a series (aside from using it as a means to drum up interest in forthcoming Star Wars movies) -- but at least the themes are generally decent ones, and these characters have become iconic for a reason.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about their favorite moments from the Star Wars films, and how they translate to this new format. What scenes do you hope to see recreated next? Why?
What do you think about the length of these cartoons? Is there something to the micro-short format, or would you have rather seen these done as a full-length animated movie?
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