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 this animated series is based on a popular Nickelodeon video game, so don't be surprised if kids who like the show want to play the game, and vice versa. The series is fairly benign; its mild, injury-free cartoon violence (long-distance falls, full-speed collisions, etc.) is probably the only content that might give parents pause. But don't expect strong lessons -- the protagonist is often guilty of making hasty decisions that get him and his tribemates into trouble.
What's the story?
In TAK AND THE POWER OF JUJU, a young jungle boy named Tak (voiced by Hal Sparks) uses his unique ability -- communicating with magical beings -- to improve on the traditionally bad luck of his native village, Pupununu. Tak has assumed the role of mediator between the magical Juju and the Pupununu people, who rely on mystical intervention during times of turmoil. But the combination of the Jujus' vagueness and Tak's impulsiveness usually means that his attempts to help wind up creating even more trouble for the village, and occasionally even the Jujus themselves. It's then that he has to do some quick thinking -- and enlist the help of his pals -- to get everything back to normal for the Pupununu.
Is it any good?
Based on a popular Nickelodeon video game, Tak and the Power of Juju is an entertaining CG-animated series full of colorful characters and outlandish scenarios sure to entertain older school-age kids and young tweens. Tak's mix of good intentions and general mischief lays the groundwork for plenty of fun in each episode, and parents will like that there's not much to worry about here, aside from mild, typical cartoon violence. Just be ready for your kids to begging for the tie-in games once they've developed an affection for the jungle-dwelling cast.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about making decisions. Why does Tak act before he thinks things out properly? Does he expect things to go badly? What are the repercussions of his actions? Have you ever rushed to a decision that's gotten you into trouble? If you'd stopped to think first, would you have changed what you did? How do you make up for careless behavior? What lessons do you learn?
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