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What 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.
What's the story?
Seven-year-old Kit (voiced by Kitana Turnbull) is ecstatic when she opens a surprise package and finds the helmet that belong to her town's legendary airborne hero, THE ROCKETEER. Now with the matching jetpack strapped to her back and the help of her Grandpa Ambrose (Frank Welker) and her best friend, Tesh (Callan Farris), from the ground, Kit is ready to carry on the legacy as Hughesville's newest superhero. But she quickly discovers there's more to heroism than just the will to do it, so Kit must learn to acknowledge her shortcomings and sharpen her skills to be the best Rocketeer she can be.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how character strengths like compassion and perseverance play out in Kit's efforts to be a hero in The Rocketeer. How is she able to use them to help people in creative ways? What does she learn about herself in doing so?
In what ways does Kit rely on her grandfather and best friend to do her job well? How does each one contribute to the team effort?
What does it mean to be a hero? Who are some of the heroes in your life? How does having a role model to look up to help inspire your own behavior?
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