A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Violence and force are the only means to an end as good and evil battle each other. Of the legion of good warriors, only one is a woman, and while she's respected among her peers, she's often overly emotional, dissolving into tears for no apparent reason.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence includes exploding missiles, aircraft crashes, robotic electrocution, and falls from great heights. No one is explicitly said to be dead; characters usually disintegrate into nothing or lie still in a jumbled heap on the ground.
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Products & Purchases
Vintage Voltron merchandise isn't readily available in stores today, but it was big in the '80s.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 1980s anime series features plenty of cartoon violence -- including explosions, aircraft crashes, robotic electrocution, and extensive falls -- little of which results in visible/obvious injury and most of which is relatively benign. Characters always resort to using force against their enemies (who want to round up and enslave unsuspecting victims, turning them into a battalion of warriors). There's plenty of mutual respect and cooperation within the Voltron force, and although the lone female character is slightly overemotional at times, she's an integral part of the team's success.
Is It Any Good?
The group is a good balance of different types. Levelheaded Keith's (Neil Ross) dedication to the cause is an inspiration to his teammates. Lighthearted Lance (Michael Bell) and impulsive Hunk (Weinrib) often keep their cohorts guessing with their antics -- but at heart, they're as industrious as the others. Meanwhile, sensitive Pidge (Weinrib again) sometimes shows his youth in his tendency to jump into any situation headfirst, and unlikely warrior Allura (Ward) determinedly proves that she can hang in there with her male peers. (In early episodes, a character named Sven, voiced by Bell, was the fifth force member, but an injury forced him out, opening a spot for Allura.)
Traveling the galaxy in robotic lions, the quintet regularly join their vehicles together to form megarobot Voltron, which proceeds to stomp and blast its way to defending the universe from Zarkon's evil clutches. Although the group's intervention usually frees his latest conquest, Zarkon's frustration over being overpowered only increases his determination to win next time around. A fan favorite in its 1980s heyday, Voltron spawned a second series in the 1990s, as well as a line of action toys. But given that the "vintage" merchandise isn't readily available on store shelves today, the series, though dated, might be a welcome choice for adventurous tweens whose parents would prefer to avoid getting caught up in a cloud of commercialism. Just be ready for a fair amount of cartoon violence -- it's pretty tame by today's standards, but it's still prevalent.
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