Karate Kid, The (Animated)

Watch Karate Kid, The (Animated)

  • 1989
  • 1 Season

The Karate Kid is a beloved franchise that has spanned across multiple generations since its inception in 1984. The animated adaptation of the iconic film is no exception, as it brings the timeless story of martial arts to life in a whole new way. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, The Karate Kid (Animated) follows the adventures of 10-year-old Jake as he moves from Detroit to California with his family. Jake struggles to adjust to his new surroundings, but after being bullied by classmate and karate student, Jayden, he is introduced to Mr. Miyagi and begins his journey into the world of karate.

The show stays true to the original Karate Kid storyline as Jake learns valuable life lessons from his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The wise and patient karate master teaches Jake important values such as compassion, humility, and respect, all while teaching him the art of karate. Through rigorous training and exposure to other martial arts styles, Jake becomes a skilled fighter and develops a new confidence in himself.

One of the unique aspects of The Karate Kid (Animated) is that it also explores the relationships and struggles of the older characters in the show. Mr. Miyagi, now in his 70s, still feels the pain of losing his wife and child in the internment camps during World War II. This experience has left him with a deep respect for life and appreciation for peace, which he now imparts on his young protégé. Additionally, the show delves into the past of Jake’s mother, who is a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Her journey towards healing is depicted in a meaningful and sensitive way and provides a powerful message about the importance of mental health.

The animation style of the show is both visually appealing and well-executed. The character designs are accurate to their live-action counterparts, and the action sequences are impressively choreographed. The soundtrack also features nods to the original franchise, such as the iconic “You’re the Best Around” by Joe Esposito. Overall, the show is a treat for fans of the franchise, as it captures the spirit of the original while also providing new and exciting elements.

One of the show’s strengths is its diverse cast of characters, which includes a variety of ethnicities and races. Notably, Jayden and his classmates are of Hispanic heritage, which makes for a refreshing change from the stereotypical “bad guy” role typically given to characters of color in media. Additionally, the show’s portrayal of female characters is commendable. Jake’s mother is a strong and capable single mother who takes charge of her family, and one of Jayden’s classmates, Aisha, is a fierce female fighter who holds her own against the boys.

While the show deals with many serious issues, it also has moments of humor and lightheartedness. The dynamic between Jake and his classmates is entertaining, as they bicker and compete with each other in a way that feels authentic to their age group. The show also incorporates some fun Easter eggs for fans of the original franchise, such as the return of the “skeleton” costumes from the infamous tournament sequence in the first film.

In terms of pacing, The Karate Kid (Animated) strikes a good balance between character development and action. The show takes its time with Jake’s journey and allows for his growth to occur slowly and organically. This allows for the audience to become invested in Jake’s story and his relationships with the other characters. However, when the action does occur, it is well-paced and satisfying to watch. The tournament sequence is a highlight of the show, as it features some impressive fights and nail-biting moments.

Overall, The Karate Kid (Animated) is an excellent addition to the Karate Kid franchise. It takes the beloved story and brings it to a new audience with fresh and engaging characters. The show deals with important issues in a thoughtful way and features a diverse cast that is both authentic and enjoyable to watch. The animation and soundtrack are both impressive, and the show strikes a good balance between character development and action. Whether you are a fan of the original film or a newcomer to the franchise, The Karate Kid (Animated) is a must-watch.

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Little World Of His Own, A
13. Little World Of His Own, A
November 27, 1989
Miyagi and friends discover that the shrine has fallen into the hands of a lonely boy who is using it to make his own little world.
Gray Ghosts, The
12. Gray Ghosts, The
November 25, 1989
The search for the shrine brings Miyagi and friends to San Francisco where they join a group of senior citizens in a car rally, hoping it will ultimately lead them to the shrine.
Hunt, The
11. Hunt, The
November 18, 1989
Mr. Miyagi has traced the shrine down to the coast of Norway where a whale has swallowed it and is attacking illegal whaling ships.
East Meets West
10. East Meets West
November 11, 1989
Miyagi, Daniel and Taki travel to the Soviet Union where Prof. Kirov is studying its magical powers.
9. Walkabout
October 28, 1989
Mr. Miyagi and friends follow the shrine to Australia where a tribe of Aborigines believe it should be offered to the god of the volcano.
Return Of The Shrine
8. Return Of The Shrine
October 21, 1989
Taki returns the shrine to her temple, but a thousand year feud between her family and the Ishida's makes them lose the shrine once again.
Over The Rainbow
7. Over The Rainbow
October 14, 1989
Miyagi and company follow the magic rainbow to a mountain paradise in the Himalayas where the stone has turned a well into the Foundation of Youth.
All The World His Stage
6. All The World His Stage
September 9, 1989
Miyagi tracks the shrine down to a movie lot where its power enters the sword of an actor playing King Arthur, causing him to believe he is the evil Black Knight.
Paper Hero
5. Paper Hero
October 7, 1989
After a padre in Mexico hides the shrine in a Mayan temple, it's up to Mr. Miyagi to keep it out of the hands of Madero, an evil bandit.
Tomorrow Man
4. Tomorrow Man
November 27, 1989
The search for the shrine takes our gang to Paris, where it has fallen into the hands of a psychic.
3. Homecoming
September 16, 1989
The search for the shrine brings Daniel back to his old neighborhood and his first girlfriend.
Greatest Victory
2. Greatest Victory
September 30, 1989
Miyagi, Daniel, and Taki travel to Hong Kong and help the village fight off the Dragon and his evil henchmen.
My Brother's Keeper
1. My Brother's Keeper
September 23, 1989
Daniel befriends a young boy and passes on Miyagi's teachings in order to help restore his position as Chief of the tribe.
  • Premiere Date
    September 23, 1989