ANGELINA BALLERINA: ALL DANCERS ON DECK offers something unusual among preschool fare: a show devoted entirely to the thrill of pursuing the finer arts. Here the fictional mouselings -- male and female -- genuinely desire to be good at dance, to win competitions, to please their instructors, and to honor their parents' wishes. Along the way, they may mix things up a bit and fall victim to the usual preschooler problems -- some petty squabbles here, some jealousy there, and the usual crossed wires in communication that happen to anyone.
Young girls and boys who enjoy dance and theater will find the setting fun, the music engaging, and the lessons instructive. Parents can rest assured that there are no wrong steps in these girl role model-heavy productions that focus on friendship, kindness, and tolerance, but also strive for gender inclusiveness. This film comes from the older, pre-CGI Angelina offerings, which are slightly more enjoyable for their quaintness -- at least, compared to the slicker new version now running on PBS, these mice look like mice.
Angelina Ballerina offers some realistic conflict preschool kids will likely relate to: a few petty squabbles, the desire to please