A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Mighty Ones is an animated series about four friends -- a rock, a twig, a leaf, and a strawberry -- and their daily adventures. Its humor relies heavily on the friends performing slapstick acts of violence against each other and frequent arguments. While there aren't any actual curse words, there's a moderate amount of verbal hostility and some stand-ins for 4-letter words. If parents are looking for shows with good role models and positive life lessons for their kids, they can do better than this show.
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What's the story?
The Mighty Ones are a group of 4 very small friends -- a rock, a twig, a leaf, and a strawberry. Rocksy is the group's ringleader, and the other friends follow her lead. The episodes follow them in their everyday adventures, like saving Rocksy when she falls into a pond, or trying to figure out the invisible force that's separating the friends from each other (spoiler alert: it's a glass window). They try to work together to solve the problem, but their team is rife with disagreements and limited problem-solving capacities. By the end of the episode, sometimes despite themselves, they manage to fix things and go back to everyday life in the forest.
Is it any good?
The overall premise and strong visual design of the show are the best attributes of The Mighty Ones, but the cartoon falls flat in its execution. The plots are overly simplistic, and the characters don't show much agency in being able to solve their own problems. Rocksy, the ringleader character, is smarter than the other 3 friends, and she often makes jokes at their expense. Twig and Very Berry often engage in slapstick violence, picking the other up and thwacking them into the ground, or threatening to eat the other friend. Kids may enjoy some of the silly gags in this show, but there are other shows that will appeal more to their funny bones and showcase better role models at the same time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the silly things the characters do to each other. Do you think it's okay if characters on TV shows hit each other, even if it's funny? Why or why not?
Do you think that Rocksy, Twig, Leaf, and Very Berry are good friends to each other? Why or why not?
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