What to watch with your kids: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ and more

What to watch with your kids: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ and more


DC League of Super-Pets

Furry cartoon superhero actioner, is funny, cute, and rude humor.

“DC League of Super-Pets” is an animated comedy about Superman’s dog, Krypto (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), who’s worried about losing “best friend” status to Lois Lane. Expect animated fantasy violence and danger — crashing through ceilings, explosions, characters getting hit by a car, etc. These scenes can be quickly resolved with humors and visual proof that nobody is really hurt. Merton, a turtle played by Natasha Lyonne, is too spicy for the film’s family-friendly nature. He uses profanity (which can be bleeped out), and is on the lookout for love with innuendo-laced jokes. There are also jokes about dog poop, insult words (“dorks,” “losers”), a kiss and a reference to Lois staying overnight at Superman’s house. The film’s overall message — that love is self-sacrificing — may require parental explanation for kids to really get it. The themes of courage, teamwork, and the secondary message that your pet will always love you if you love it and adopt it are more likely to resonate with children. Voice actors and superhero characters are varied in terms of gender, age, and body type. (100 minutes)

A book star becomes a reality in an emotional, impactful production.

“Amber Brown” is a coming-of-age series produced by Bonnie Hunt (“Cheaper by the Dozen”). Inspired by Paula Danziger’s popular same-named book series, the show follows 11-year-old Amber (Carsyn Rose) as she navigates some of life’s most difficult challenges. The series is mainly live-action but frequently includes animations to express Amber’s emotions. Themes include being yourself, being authentic and having friends. The show’s all-star cast, including Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Michael Yo, tackles difficult and important subjects that kid viewers can take lots of lessons from. (10 25-minute episodes)

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Time-travel story with violence and strong language.

“Paper Girls” is a suspenseful sci-fi series based on the same-named comic book about the time-traveling adventures of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls in the late 1980s. It has lots of strong language, including “f—,” “s—,” “a–hole,” and “b—–s,” as well as racist slurs. There’s also violence: Characters are frequently in peril, a teen wields a gun and shoots another character, someone uses a hockey stick to kill an enemy and there’s lots of futuristic sci-fi weapon use. That said, it’s also a story of loyalty and friendship, with positive messages about valuing differences. (Eight 35-minute episodes)

Spy movie has violence, but the standard storyline.

“The Gray Man” is a secret agent action/thriller movie starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as men who get caught up in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. There’s lots of violence and references to violence. Scenes include domestic violence, torture, gun violence and explosions. The film could be seen as romanceizing violent lifestyles, despite characters showing perseverance, courage, and integrity. Characters use strong language (“f—,” “s—” and more). (129 minutes)

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