TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Appealing '80s remake is darker, more violent than original.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 10 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Nothing like the original.

It's okay, but it's nothing like the original.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
age 10+

Action-adventure with a side of complex moral questions

For kids old enough to analyze these things, there is a lot to talk about in the backstory established in the pilot. Do the cats rule at the expense of other species? (The lizards, who become the recurring bad guys on the trail of our heroes, insist that they are fighting for their own liberation.) Also, the royal family are lions, so Lion-O inherits the crown instead of his adopted brother, who is a different species. There seem to be implications of a race/caste system underlying their society. The cats' religious order (of which Cheetara is a warrior/acolyte) supports and defends the king, and does not seem to question the existing order. Lion-O rebels against this when he saves two lizard prisoners from being lynched by the cat citizens of Thundera, and in his friendship with a dog who supplies him with ancient technological artifacts. But he never seems to question his right to the throne when the time comes, though it is implied that he would be a more enlightened king if he still had a kingdom. Younger kids will probably miss all of this, and just latch on to the cats as the obvious good guys; but it really raises interesting questions for older kids. Did the cats bring this on themselves? What kind of future is Lion-O fighting for?

This title has:

Educational value

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