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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animated adventure series is based on the popular live-action film The Mummy. While it isn't anywhere near as scary as the movie, it does have plenty of spooky creatures like ghosts, demons, mummies (of course!), and possessed beings. Although the show has positive messages about seeking justice, being persistent, and encouraging intellectual curiosity, some of the ways it portrays ancient societies are not historically accurate -- kids interested in the facts behind the fun should hit the library or the Web.
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What's the story?
THE MUMMY: THE ANIMATED SERIES is a cartoon spinoff of the popular live-action adventure movie The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns. Set a year after the events of the second film, the cartoon follows 11-year-old Alex O'Connell (voiced by Chris Marquette) and his archaeologist parents, Rick (John Schneider) and Evy (Grey DeLisle). The O'Connells are trying to evade the evil High Priest Imhotep (Jim Cummings), who's determined to get the Manacle of Osiris -- a special relic that gives the owner great powers -- from Alex. The family travel the world in search of the sacred Scrolls of Thebes, which hold the secrets of the Manacle and how to remove it, while trying to stay one step ahead of Imhotep. On top of all that, Alex and his parents have to deal with the vengeful demons, mummies, and scary creatures that hide in the tombs they explore.
Is it any good?
While The Mummy: The Animated Series is entertaining and full of adventure, it isn't exactly historically accurate, so don't count on it as a source of education about ancient civilizations for any aspiring archaeologists in your household. Still, the show is fast paced and fun, it does a good job of portraying the challenges of growing up, and Alex's character may strike a familiar chord for home-schooled and gifted students.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of being curious about the world around you. Alex, who's home-schooled by his archaeologist mother, sometimes complains about having to study, but each episode showcases how he puts what he learns to good use. Why is it important to keep learning new things even when you're not in school? Alex and his parents want to learn about ancient civilizations -- why do you think that is? What can we learn from the past? How can you find out more about the subjects the show explores?
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