Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Legends of Chima is an animated series based on a line of LEGO toys, so, as with LEGO Ninjago: The Series, the show doubles as a lengthy commercial for the many toys and games that bear its name. The story centers on a community of animals at war, so expect a fair amount of conflict and peril, but the fact that the characters are animated LEGOs greatly lessens the impact of this content. Issues like prejudice, emotional manipulation, and traitorism are explored on an age-appropriate level, and the messages that emerge laud honesty, forgiveness, and selflessness.
Most battles are fought with handheld weapons like spears, knives, and swords, though there are some fireballs and explosions in battle scenes as well. Because the characters are animated LEGO pieces, the overall effect packs little punch. Death is implied, as when two crocodiles fall into a chasm.
Kids see the human (or, in this case, animal) side of war in a way that's honest but not threatening or scary, thanks to the nature of the LEGO characters. Relationships are broken by the strain of conflict, and prejudice emerges among the tribes, which further accelerates the fighting. Lies and deceit make things worse, illustrating the power of rumor and gossip. Some players' loyalties are bought or manipulated, but the heroes are always shown to rise above this behavior to fight for peace and equality. Violence is prevalent, but it's not always the characters' first line of defense in conflicts.
The series is highly promoted and acts as a 30-minute commercial for the plentiful toys, video games, and other products that bear its name and its characters' likenesses.
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