Star Wars: Clone Warss recommendations
March 28, 2011 7:07 PM   Subscribe

My nephew is almost 6 years old and loves watching Star Wars: Clone Wars with his father. What other shows should I get for them?

I don't know many contemporary animated shows, so feel free to lob the obvious classics.
Both the parents and the kid seem fine with the content of the show, but nothing darker or more violent than that.

If something is a must-see, but a bit darker, let me know what age you think would be best for him to start on it.
posted by Theta States to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 


Batman: Brave and the Bold
Teen Titans
Ben 10
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 7:14 PM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


nthing Avatar and Teen Titans.
posted by zeek321 at 7:21 PM on March 28, 2011


Samurai Jack! It's a LOT of fighting, but very stylized, and Jack only slices and dices ghouls and robots, never people. Also: it's really, really fun to watch.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:42 PM on March 28, 2011 [6 favorites]


Yes, the Avatar series is great, my son is 6 and really loves them and I love watching them too so the dad should enjoy as well. My son also loves old Looney Toons so we got a couple collections of those and they are fun for everyone to watch.
posted by girlhacker at 7:44 PM on March 28, 2011


Very much seconding Samurai Jack. It's an awesome show in much the same style as Clone Wars.
posted by drethelin at 7:56 PM on March 28, 2011


He might also like Spirited Away, assuming he is into fantasy as much as sci-fi. If he likes Avatar, he would certainly like Spirited Away as well.
posted by giggleknickers at 8:07 PM on March 28, 2011


seconding Batman: The Brave & The Bold. If they're available, DVD's of Dexter's Laboratory
posted by KingEdRa at 9:13 PM on March 28, 2011


Avatar, Ben 10, Batman, Dexter's Lab
Hero 108 is fun and really kid friendly
maybe Teen Titans or Legion of Superheroes. save Batman: The Animated Series for when he's a bit older

Very much seconding Samurai Jack. It's an awesome show in much the same style as Clone Wars.

that's because they're both done by the same guy. he also did Dexter's Lab and Symbionic Titan

there's a new show by Man of Action, the Ben 10 creators, called Generator Rex but i think it's got a bit too much body horror
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:30 PM on March 28, 2011


Generator Rex is aimed at an older target demographic, yeah. (You can bust that out with the Justice League Unlimited, later on.)

I'm currently obsessed with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but your five-year-old would have to be really enlightened about gender roles and not care what his friends thought.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:41 PM on March 28, 2011


Oh, oh, and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Must-see.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:42 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks, everyone!
posted by Theta States at 4:58 AM on March 29, 2011


I introduced a co-worker's son (about 5 at the time) to my DVDs of the original Transformers series from the '80s, and I guess it was safe to say he enjoyed it. At that age I don't think they're too caught up in the quality of the animation. They still make new animated series, but the characters were still never as colorful and unique as in the originals.

They also made a theatrical movie after season 2, but it might be a little intense for 6 yrs old.

You could also try GI Joe and He-Man.

I'd think most kids today would like those '80s cartoons as much as kids in the '80s liked '60s cartoons. And if your brother/brother-in-law grew up in the '80s, he's probably familiar with a lot of this stuff anyway.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:48 PM on March 29, 2011


that's because they're both done by the same guy. he also did Dexter's Lab and Symbionic Titan

Technically, the guy in question (Genndy Tartakovsky) did the 2-D mini-series of Clone Wars from a few years back. He's not involved in the current 3-D one. But his old Dexter's Lab series is a good recommendation, though not strictly an action-adventure show.

And I agree that the '90s "Batman: The Animated Series" might be appreciated by someone a bit older, but you never know. It was excellent, but more "story"-oriented.

Oh, and it's been a while since I've seen it, but DuckTales from the '90s might be a good idea.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:55 PM on March 29, 2011


Ducktales, good call. What about shows like Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, and Tiny Toons? do you think they aged well?

And what age would Batman: TAS be a good idea?
posted by Theta States at 6:01 PM on March 30, 2011


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