A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Jedi are constantly battling against the dark side to help justice and peace prevail. Yoda tries to suggest that violence isn't the best way to solve problems -- but at one point also forces the bad guys to shoot themselves. That said, he does also emphasize the value of a person's individual gifts. Some characters (like Jabba the Hutt) are unapologetic criminals.
Violence & Scariness
There's a fair amount of shooting and things exploding, just like in the movies. But most of the things being shot are robots, and it's all animated. Characters are frequently in peril and often use weapons, mostly blasters and lightsabers.
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Products & Purchases
The whole Star Wars franchise comes with a vast merchandising program and lots of toys and other products -- and this show is no exception.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids -- and Star Wars fans of all ages -- will be eager to check out this extension of the mega-hit franchise. It's much tamer and more age-appropriate for kids than the most recent live-action films, but there's still a fair amount of violence, from lightsaber battles to the typical shooting and explosions. And for all that Yoda preaches avoiding aggression, he can certainly do some intense damage when he's attacked. The whole galaxy is at war, so conflict and peril are frequent.
Is It Any Good?
While there's nothing particularly surprising about this show, it's fun overall, and the animation is beautiful. And kids even get some decent messages wrapped up in the Star Wars philosophy of the Force and staying focused on the right things: Yoda advises some clones (still good guys at the point he addresses them) that even if they all look alike, they each have individual gifts ... none of which involve blowing the bad guys to smithereens, even though that's the eventual result.
Bottom line? If you love Star Wars or are an animation aficionado, you'll love the show. If you aren't, you won't.
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