Wondering if The Mandalorian is ok for kids? Being at Star Wars Celebration is an incredible experience, especially being able to hear new details and breaking news in the Star Wars fandom while it happens. One of the best panels was The Mandalorian Panel where we learned all new details about The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars television show. Is The Mandalorian kid friendly? Here’s what parents need to know in this Mandalorian Parents Guide.
Who is The Mandalorian?
First on stage was Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Favreau, and Dave Filoni. Kathy starts out with, “What could be better than Dave Filoni directing a live-action show?” And the crowd went wild!
They introduced Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as The Mandalorian. When talking about coming into see what part he would play, Pedro thought he would play a bug or something. When they told him that he was The Mandalorian, he couldn’t believe it, and he basically just collapsed on the table on stage telling the story.
When asked about who Pedro drew inspiration from for his character, he replied, “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him.”
What is The Mandalorian About?
Jon Favreau wanted to get back to the roots of what inspired George Lucas, that being Samurai films, Old Westerns, Post Civil War in the old West.
The Mando, as some call him, is mysterious, a lone gun fighter in the outer regions of the galaxy. Some may say he has questionable moral character.
When does The Mandalorian take place?
The Mandalorian takes place 5 years after The Return of the Jedi.
New Characters In The Mandalorian
Greef Targa, played by Carl Weathers, has a guild of Bounty Hunters. He’s looking for the right one for a particular job, and he knows The Mando’s fingers can get the job done. “And the Mando does what needs to be done.”
We’re also introduced to Cara Dune, played by Gina Carano. Cara is an ex-rebel shock trooper, a little bit of a loner, and has trouble reintegrating into society. From the footage we saw, she is bad-A in real life and on screen. Gina did most of her stunts and is so happy to be part of the Star Wars family!
The Mandalorian is all new characters and stories, so if you’re not a Star Wars fan, now’s the time to start watching. And if you’ve been a fan for 40 years, this is for you, too. They took such great care in making this series and were looking for people to be in it that were already Star Wars fans.
Is The Mandalorian Kid Friendly?
The Mandalorian does have a Rogue One type feel to it. It’s darker than some of the Star Wars films. Since we’ve established that The Mando does have questionable morals, this one may not be for the little ones.
There is some language in The Mandalorian like damn and a–.
There is a lot of violence in The Mandalorian, especially compared to Star Wars films. In Star Wars, a lot is more science fiction type violence with light sabers and blasters. In this series, there are flametroopers lighting things on fire, another getting his head chopped off, weapons, tons of bodies, and scary creatures, etc. From the first few minutes of the show, the violence begins.
This is a common theme throughout the series – people and creatures dying. It’s definitely more intense than a Star Wars movie.
Is The Mandalorian Appropriate for Kids Under 12?
If it were a movie, The Mandalorian would definitely be rated at least PG-13. I would recommend The Mandalorian for ages 12 and up. You could go younger if your children are big Star Wars fans and are ok with that kind of violence. I suggest watching an episode or two first, though it may be hard, because I’m sure Star Wars kid fans will be dying to see The Mandalorian! But the great news is, this will be easier to screen in the comfort of your own home on Disney+.
I don’t agree with the PG-rating that Disney Plus gave The Mandalorian, but it is an awesome series! Season 2 of The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on October 30 with new episodes on Fridays.
Check out some of the best Mandalorian quotes from the show from Season One including about Baby Yoda!