A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the main character in this action cartoon is a spoiled boy prince who revels in bossing around his adult bodyguard -- who, in turn, tries to humiliate the boy before reluctantly doing his bidding. Violence (mostly cartoony stuff like crashes and collisions, but there's some weapon play, too) is common and injury free, and it's generally how the heroes fend off the bad guys. It's worth noting that if "hate" is a four-letter word in your house, you'll want to skip this one altogether; Quest uses it multiple times in each episode to describe how he feels about everything from scenery to people.
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What's the story?
WORLD OF QUEST is an action-adventure cartoon series that centers on spoiled young Prince Nestor (voiced by Landon Norris) and his reluctant, uber-muscular bodyguard, Quest (Ron Pardo), who are on a mission to rescue Nestor's parents from the clutches of the nefarious Lord Sprite. They're joined by a handful of colorful, magical characters, whose unique talents come in handy when they battle Sprite's henchmen. Nestor and Quest often lapse into fighting between themselves with more intensity than they direct at their enemies, but to locate the coveted Shatter Soul Sword and free the royal prisoners, they'll need to learn to get along.
Is it any good?
Unfortunately there's not much substance to the duo's adventure. It's obvious that the show's only goal is to entertain, and there's no attempt to bolster the stories with lessons of any sort. Nestor's obnoxious control over Quest -- who's magically indebted to the prince -- will quickly grate on parents' patience, and the fact that Quest's obvious frustration at being bossed around by a punk kid is a basis for the show's humor is flat-out irritating.
Add to that the show's reliance on violence as an answer to confrontations and the bad guys' constant, unwitting ineptitude -- which helps Nestor defeat them time and again -- and it's clear that kids will get a skewed idea of appropriate methods of conflict resolution. It's also worth mentioning that Quest uses the word "hate" many times in each episode, referring to anything from the weather to people, and kids may just adopt this questionable habit as their own.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how bad guys are typically portrayed in kids' shows. Did you find the bad guys in this show scary? How does their outward appearance affect how you feel about them? Would any changes to the way they look make them more or less scary?
Can you think of other cartoon bad guys who are more frightening than the ones here? What makes them seem scarier?
How does the violence in this cartoon compare to what you've seen in other shows?
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