X-Men: Evolution

 
Lots of good-vs.-evil battles in violent 'toon.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The undertones are all about living in a diverse world without racism or prejudice. Dry kid humor but not a laugh-riot.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon violence and lots of it -- superpowers slash, burn and blow things up.

Sexy stuff

The girls out-Barbie Barbie and the guys all look like body builders.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids younger than 7 will not understand the deeper meanings this well-intentioned -- but very violent -- show offers.

What's the story?

Cyclops, Jean Gray, Wolverine and more. In X-MEN: EVOLUTION, mutants are an underclass that are always on the verge of persecution. The centerpiece of each half hour show is usually a good versus evil battle with the mutants taking the good side.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

You don't have to scratch too far below the surface of this show to get to the real messages of the need to understand those who look different -- that just because someone looks weird doesn't mean that he or she doesn't have his or her own super powers. The mutants are sympathetic and exist as a higher moral order even though they are often shown as fallible.

It's great for kids to see the message of tolerance but the show definitely gets their attention through its numerous and very pyrotechnic battle scenes. Young kids won't be scared but will miss the nutrient values you will be able to discuss with your older ones.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about tolerance, sympathy for those who are different, appropriate and inappropriate expressions of anger, and even how to deal with fears of terrorism.

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Adult Written byPanya April 9, 2008
age 13+
 

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I was a fan of this show as a teenager. I wouldn't let children watch a show with this much violence though.
Adult Written byeverlast April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

I will read the comic now.

If your a marvel comics fan thumb's up!
Kid, 10 years old June 5, 2010
age 7+
 
This review is completely incorrect. Its a great show with good messages and the girls dont out-Barbie Barbie. NOt all the guys look like body builders.
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