Tak and the Power of Juju

 
Colorful, video game-based toon is fun, if fluffy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The young main character is happy to use his magical powers to help his tribe in any way he can, but his exuberant (and occasionally irresponsible) efforts sometimes result in more mishaps when he goes too far.

Violence & scariness

Typical, injury-less cartoon violence: falling boulders pound people into the ground, characters sail off cliffs and live to tell about it, etc. Tak's magical wand can also blast apart large objects in his path.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series is based on a popular video game, so young fans of the show may take a new (or renewed) interest in the game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Hal Sparks, Kari Wahlgren, Patrick Warburton
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byTommypezmaster February 28, 2009
age 18+
 

The Worst show on Nicktoon's Network Ever!!!!

hey everyone! this is my first review and I thought I should start with the wrost nicktoons network show ever.....Tak. Tak, Tak....where do I begin? Plot:1 this shows about a retarded looking kid named Jeera who lives with her Dad (who is the Cheif),her Sister(hates Jeera Friend), and best friend Tak, the most stupid, unorginal character on the show. Add Sheep, other Jungle Kids, a Log-Hiding wussy, a Villian in a Blue Cape and a new crappy "adventure" every week and you have the plot. LAME.... Animation:1 WORST. CGI ANIMATION. EVER. Characters:2.5 not only do we have spongebob sterotypes (Tak, Jeera, Lok, Zariah), but we also have other Kids in the Jungle(A weirdo & 2 brats) REALLY? One Crappy Nicktoon is enough but 5 is Bleh! ----------------------------------------------------- overall this show is crappy. also it's Nicktoons networks only orginal series that didn't get Low Radings. IT DID'NT EVEN GET A PEZ DISPENSER PROMO!!!!!! I feel sorry for those who like the show, and envy the people who have never seen it. I realy Hope this show is in cartoon hell where it belongs. 250
Adult Written byJEDI micah November 26, 2012
age 6+
 

FUN? Really Common Sense?!

This show wouldn't know fun even if it slapped it in the face! It's one of Nickelodeon's worst shows (Thank goodness it's off the air)! Parents, if this show ever come up again on Nickelodeon, which I highly doubt it will, I recommend a different Nicktoon, like SpongeBob, T.U.F.F. Puppy, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, anyone of those are WAY more entertaining and "FUN"! If anyone is still watching Tak, GET A LIFE!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byjohnsmith1234 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

What on earth?!?!?

Tak and the power of Juju?!? What kind of satanic brainwashing nonsense is this? I fear for the souls of our children when they are spoon-fed thinly veiled occultist dreck along with their overly-sugary breakfast cereals... The power of juju indeed...

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