A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but Kit's obsession with flying -- and all things that do -- introduces viewers to some basics of how that works and what some different small aircraft look like.
Kids see Kit use her new role to help people indeterminately. In some cases, she rescues them from dangerous situations; in others, she helps them address more emotional needs by talking honestly and compassionately. Positive messages in the stories are illustrated in several ways so that viewers can see the themes applied in relatable ways. Kit also challenges gender stereotypes, as do several supporting characters in the story.
Positive Role Models
Kit is eager, determined, and fearless. She is inspired by the legacy of the original Rocketeer and works hard to fill the shoes he left behind. Grandpa Ambrose patiently helps guide her.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild peril in parts, especially when Kit learns how to use her Rocketeer gear by trial and error. Cartoon peril like long falls (and lucky landings) are common, but no one is injured.
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The show is inspired by the full-length film of the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rocketeer is a comedy adventure series based on the feature film of the same name and continues the superhero saga in the form of a seven-year-old girl who inherits the hero's flying gear and steps into the role. Because the show is animated and the protagonist so young, the content is appropriate for very young kids. Villains are oafish and easily outwitted, and none of the action will scare a young audience. Every story sees the hero learn a valuable lesson that is further illustrated as events play out, reinforcing positive themes like effective communication, patience, and overcoming fear. What's more, this female Rocketeer and her passion for flying and piloting challenges traditional gender stereotypes in the field.
Is It Any Good?
This joyous young hero takes to the skies to help others, but also to fulfill her longtime dream of flying. In so doing, she inspires kids to believe they're never too young or too inexperienced to have big dreams that motivate them. Fate intervenes to help make Kit's dreams come true, but she does have to work to make a success of her new destiny, and she shows she's more than willing to do that.
The Rocketeer takes a refreshingly varied approach to presenting Kit with trouble that requires her help. Sometimes it's in the form of comical baddies with doomed get-rich-quick schemes, but in other cases, it's a reclusive neighbor with a past that weighs on her. In any case, Kit's intuitive nature and eagerness to lend a hand sets an excellent example for her young audience.
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