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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there aren't any lessons to be learned from this show that aren't covered in a thousand other kids' programs, but it's amusing and sometimes clever. The series is really designed for entertainment rather than education. A kid with an interest in the ancient would find the show's references to Egyptian mythology and history interesting, and it could lead to further exploration of these subjects.
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What's the story?
In TUTENSTEIN, the mummy of a 10-year-old pharaoh is brought to life by a lightening bolt and takes up residence in a museum, still believing that he's the ruler of the world. Accompanied by Cleo, a girl he meets at the museum, and her cat, Luxor (who acquires the power of speech after the lightning strike), Tutenstein attempts to recover the position and power that he held in ancient Egypt. In the process, he encounters spirits from the Egyptian underworld and must rescue his friends from various mishaps with the power of his magic scepter.
Is it any good?
The character of Tut is amusing, with his combination of childishness and egotism, and his interaction with Cleo and Luxor can be quite funny. The resolutions of the stories are fairly predictable -- Tut uses his powers for good to help his friends, and harmony is restored -- but the situation is unusual enough to keep the show fresh.
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