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Spirit Rangers is a 2022 fantasy preschooler's show produced by Netflix Animation, Laughing Wild and Superprod Studio.

The show is set in Xus National Park in southern California, a haven of nature and Native American spirits. Xus is a world where Coyote plays tricks, Spider weaves dreamcatcher webs, and Condor carries the sun across the sky. No less important are its human caretakers, the Skycedar family of park rangers. When spirits need their help, the young siblings Kodi, Summer and Eddy Skycedar transform into animals- a grizzly bear, a red-tailed hawk, and a turtle- to save the day.

The series is noteworthy because it's an almost unprecedented example of Native American representation in television. The writers and voice actors are all indigenous, as are most of the creative team; also, the producers consult with the Chumash and Cowlitz tribes to ensure accurate representation of Native culture.


This show contains the following tropes:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Colour unofficially denotes magic. "Ordinary" animal spirits like Condor look mostly like the species in Real Life, but the powerful Coyote and shapeshifting Skycedars (whose animal forms are entirely magic) are more vibrant.
  • Animal Motifs: All over the place, in accordance with Chumash mythology.
    • Eddy, whose alternate self is a turtle, is cautious and empathic.
    • Summer, whose alternate self is a hawk, is confident and impulsive.
    • Kodi, whose alternate self is a bear, is hardworking and prone to anger.
  • Bubble Gun: In his turtle form, Eddy can breathe bubbles. Of course, they're bubbles of the kind that can stay solid, shield whoever's in them, and float- so they're more useful than you might expect.
  • Goo-Goo-Godlike: The Skycedar siblings are only preteens, but their heroics are cosmic in scope. More than once they've literally put the moon back in the sky.
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  • Idiot Ball: The eleventh episode is premised on a group of adult American rock-climbers believing that Native Americans are extinct. The same episode relies on a forestful of immortal animal spirits not recognizing an opossum when they see one- in an environment where opossums (albeit of a different species than in the episode) would be common.