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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, if kids are affected by prolonged battle scenes, Teen Titans isn't the best bet for them. In fact, little else happens in this show besides violent confrontations. Sure, it's made in the martial arts tradition, where little blood is shown, and skill in battle is rewarded. Sure, it's a super slick cartoon full of dramatic shadows, gothic images and amazing graphics. Sure, your kid is going to want to watch it. But be aware that this show is all about the fight scenes.
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What's the story?
TEEN TITANS combines Japanese manga-style graphics with old-school DC superheroes. The madcap pace of the comic moments combined with the interesting character quirks of the superheroes can be entertaining. On the other hand, these teens didn't get together to bond as friends -- they came to fight. And fight they do. Questions of honor, loyalty, friendship, strength, and capacity pop up in each episode. However, each episode also sees a member kidnapped, coerced, ridiculed, or tortured by "evil" forces.
Is it any good?
Though the male characters dominate the show, the female characters can be equally powerful. They bond with their male comrades in platonic relationships, which puts them on equal footing. Yet if it takes full-out war to bring females on par with men, then perhaps this equality is not worth the consequences. Teen Titans is seductive because it looks so awesome, but, frankly, there's so much violence that parents might think twice about letting it into the home on a regular basis -- if at all.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the show's violent scenes make kids feel. Do you think these fight scenes are intended only to entertain, or are they trying to teach you something about strength, honor, teamwork, and tradition? Does it make you want to learn more about the martial arts? What do these fighters have in common with more traditional superheroes, and how do they differ?
Are the Teen Titans role models? Why or why not?
Which of the characters' superpowers would you most like to have? How would it help you on an everyday basis? Would it ever be a burden? Which of your special talents can you use to help other people?
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