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Parents' Guide to

Thundarr the Barbarian

By KJ Dell'Antonia, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

80s action 'toon offers kid-friendly adventures.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Poor Man’s He-Man but OK

My son really wants to watch more exciting (fighting) shows but I want to keep him away from too much violence so we’ve settled on the mid-80s classics I grew up on - this, the original masters of the universe and thundercats. This is the lamest one - animation is simplistic, characters underdeveloped and plots more battle after battle (though bloodless) than anything. But that is kind for the fun of it for my kid at least - he wants the non-stop action and it makes him feel like he’s watching something for older kids. All in all these old cartoons are actually a good compromise that way if you have a kid like mine, the original MOTU being the best of the trio.
age 6+

Childhood memories

I watched Thundarr the barbarian as a child. My only regret was it's cancellation.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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