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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Hero characters attempt to protect their world without hurting others -- even evil, bad, naughty others. Princess Ariel is a smart, capable role model for girls.
Violence & Scariness
Thundarr's role is to protect humans from mutants and men gone bad, which he does with both his sword and his fists. But he never injures or kills anyone -- a point that's made very clear (he even saves his enemies from harm). The destruction of civilization is shown in the show's credits and might be frightening if it were better animated -- but it's not.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Princess Ariel wears a very impractical swimsuit, but there's no sex or inuendo.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this '80s cartoon has lots of action, it's all very simplistically animated, and Thundarr and his team go to great lengths to avoid harming anyone -- both of which help make the show age-appropriate for younger viewers. Plus, even though she never wears anything but a strapless, Wonder Woman-style bathing suit, Princess Ariel is one of the best princess role models out there. She's smarter than Thundarr, she's the one character in the show who can read, and she knows, apparently, everything.
Is It Any Good?
THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN is a pretty typical-looking cartoon. The animation is simple, and both the heroes and villains seem familiar from years of Saturday morning viewing -- but that's not actually a bad thing. The simplicity and lack of flash makes it easier for young elementary school viewers to follow than many current action shows.
All in all, Thundarr is a good adventure program for younger kids. The hero's determination to do no harm and his reliance on his sidekick -- a princess who can read, knows her history, and has every magic power necessary to help save the day -- mean the show has good role models, as action cartoons go. Plus, the plots are actually mildly interesting, giving kids a chance to feel like they're figuring out what supposedly happened to the world. This is a show that action fans of all ages can enjoy together.
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