Sym-Bionic Titan

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Action, adventure, and positive messages for tweens.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 25 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Some good take-away messages about fitting in and staying true to yourself.

Positive Messages

The show has some positive messages for tweens about facing challenges, putting others' needs before your own, and finding common ground with a diverse set of peers. A strong female lead heads up the well-meaning trio.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ilana has a strong set of values, and she, Lance, and Octus are willing to put themselves in harm's way to protect the innocent humans around them. She's a problem-solver who takes on tough challenges for the sake of others.

Violence & Scariness

Multiple violent exchanges in each episode, including guns and heavy artillery (tanks, bombs, etc.). Some of the alien invaders use blasts of fire to level whole sections of a city. But despite it all, actual injuries to humans usually aren't shown.

Sexy Stuff

Some flirting between teens, and girls swooning over cute guys. Occasional brief scenes of teens kissing.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's plenty of cartoon violence in this animated series, including gun use, bombs, and use of fire to destry entire city blocks. While the main characters can join forces and transform into a robot-like being that's mostly immune to enemy onslaughts, since the battles often take place in an urban setting, human casualties are presumed (but they're not shown). Violence aside, the show does have some notable positives, mostly associated with Ilana, the role model-worthy main female character. Her desire to assimilate among her human counterparts -- and to protect and unify them -- offers some strong messages about respecting others and considering their needs ahead of your own.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCaptainAwesomeoh13 May 27, 2011

Best Cartoon CN Had!

I'm a person that grew up in the 80's and 90's- which is what I concider to be the golden age of cartoons. Now that I'm all grown up and hav... Continue reading
Adult Written bypugfarts December 5, 2010

horribly written. senseless.

The series is absolutely full of mixed messages. The male protagonist that the apparent target audience (boys 7-13) will undoubtedly look to as a role model is... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byskeletonslife441 August 21, 2013

I don't think it should be for 8-year-olds.

I think it's morely for 14-year-olds. It has a large amount of violence, some sex and sex references, a teenage guy drinks an entire bottle of beer, and to... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 12, 2012

I! AM! PISSED!

This show was one of Genndy Tartakovsky's best projects on CN. I just wish Geendy didn't have to move to Sony Pictures Animation, but sometimes, peopl... Continue reading

What's the story?

When the peaceful existence of the planet Galaluna comes under attack from the power-hungry General Modula (voiced by Don Leslie), the king sends his daughter, Princess Ilana (Tara Strong), away for her safety. Accompanied by her protector, Lance (Kevin Thoms), and an adaptable android named Octus (Brian Posehn), Ilana lands on Earth and attempts to blend into her surroundings. Once Modula locates her landing site, he sends his minions to Earth after her, but she, Lance, and Octus don their Galalunan battle gear -- in which they can join forces as the power Titan -- to protect themselves and their new human neighbors.

Is it any good?

SYM-BIONIC TITAN chronicles a battle of large-scale proportions, so it's no surprise that violence in many forms (guns, tanks, bombs, etc.) is commonplace. Human destruction is implied in scenes where city buildings are leveled or burned, but no injuries or death are shown on a personal level. The show centers on outsiders trying to navigate the uncertainties of teen life, so things like dating, social castes (jocks, geeks, popularity queens), and fashion are exaggerated for humor.

On a positive note, there's a gentle side to the show that sets it apart from many action-adventure cartoons for kids. While Lance is brash and balks at assimilating into high school, Ilana welcomes the challenge and tries to unify what she sees as a divided population. Her strong character and protective instinct for her new human peers make her a likable heroine and give the show a surprising softness that offsets the violence. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about leadership. What does it take to be a good leader? What attributes are important? Do you enjoy being a leader?

  • Tweens: How does this series compare to others like it that you've seen? Were the characters any more or less believable than others? What are some of your favorite action-adventure shows?

  • Did the amount or intensity of violence in this show surprise you? Did any of it strike you as realistic? What effect do you think TV violence has on kids?

TV details

For kids who love action and adventure

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