It’s tough being a parent in today’s constantly expanding media-heavy world; that’s where Wikia communities and superfans come in. Each month, we round up the hottest, most talked-about releases, and provide you with a guide on whether they’re right for you and your family.
Whether it’s storks, rebels, or peculiar children, see what TV, movies, and games are right for your family this month.
Coming to Theaters
The Wild Life (Sept. 9) — Ages 6 and up
Action, adventure, and an animated gang of animals tell the story of Robinson Crusoe. In the same vein as Ice Age, expect slapstick humor and action sequences that may be frighten smaller kids.
Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion (Sept. 15) — Ages 6 and up
Following the 2015 release, the folks at Toei Animation announced that the English version of Digimon Adventure Tri. — Chapter 1: Reunion will be screened in 300 U.S. theaters on Sept. 15. Parents should expect animated fighting and battle scenes. The film will be in theaters for one night only.
Storks (Sept. 23) — Ages 5 and up
Storks are getting out of the baby delivering service in this animated Warner Bros. film. From the creators of The Lego Movie comes the story of one stork (voiced by Andy Samburg) who lands in big trouble at the global internet giant he works for: Cornerstore.com. The film looks family-friendly and may dive into innuendo that will go over kids’ heads.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Sept. 30) — Ages 12 and up
Tim Burton brings Ransom Riggs’ best-selling novel to life in this new film. In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a young boy learns about a secret refuge for kids with unusual abilities. Mystery, danger, and fantastic elements are to be expected. There may be some scenes too scary for younger viewers.
Notable TV Series
Star Wars Rebels (Sept. 24) — Ages 8 and up
The crew of Ghost is back for season three of the critically-acclaimed animated series Star Wars Rebels. This season we are introduced to new characters, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Bendu. As with the last two seasons, parents can expect the use of weapons, hand-to-hand combat, and mild peril and violence.
Bob’s Burgers (Sept. 25) — Ages 12 and up
The first of three animated families on this list, season 7 of Bob’s Burgers premieres on FOX Sunday, September 25. The satirical animated comedy features some sexual innuendo, crass jokes, and salty language. Otherwise, this animated family happens to be the most kid-friendly on our list this month.
Family Guy (Sept. 25) — Ages 13 and up
Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy is back with season 15 — and the gang is as dysfunctional as ever. Expect frequent sexual innuendo and mild language, as well as some drinking and violence played for humor.
The Simpsons (Sept. 25) — Ages 10 and up
Known for its clever, fast-paced one-liners and edgy humor, The Simpsons returns with its 28th season on television. In keeping with earlier seasons, sensitive subjects will be broached and broken down with its sophisticated humor that is both satirical and goofy.
Hot New Game Releases
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (Sept. 8) — Ages 13 and up
The popular Ace Attorney series is back with Spirit of Justice. This Nintendo 3DS game features violence (including depictions of dead bodies and weapons), courtroom drama, and cases that frequently involve murder.
Destiny: Rise of Iron (Sept. 20) — Ages 13 and up
This beautiful sci-fi epic features alien landscapes, action, multiplayer modes, and weapons-based combat. Rise of Iron is a downloadable expansion pack for Destiny, and parents should note that the game supports non-moderated voice chat, which means their kids may become exposed to online players using inappropriate comments.
FIFA 17 (Sept. 27) — Ages 8 and up
Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star (Sept.) — Ages 10 and up
Season Pass holders will receive the third digital expansion pack for Star Wars Battlefront, titled Death Star. The latest addition to the action shooter video game based on the popular Star Wars universe, Death Star is filled with violent combat, weapons such as blasters and lightsabers, and space battle sequences.