Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True

 
Sweet tale celebrates friends, family, positive messages.
  • Review Date: August 20, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 56 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True aims to entertain rather than to educate, but it's rich in social lessons about being a good friend and making thoughtful decisions.

Positive messages

The story celebrates the caring relationship between siblings and between friends. Self-expression, individuality, and the value of pursuing dreams are strong themes. Angelina faces a difficult decision that requires a sacrifice, and the outcome reflects the things she holds most dear.

Positive role models

All of the characters are models of caring, sharing, support, and positive relationships. Kids turn to adults for guidance when they're facing uncertainty, and the grown-ups help them weigh all their options without influencing them one way or another. Angelina's eventual decision about her future says a lot about her personal values.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The movie ties into a TV series and an extensive marketing line.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True is a delightful story that has something to offer a range of ages. Preschoolers will relate to Angelina's big dreams and youthful enthusiasm for achieving them, and older kids can appreciate the process by which she resolves a difficult decision. Viewers of all ages will be touched by the movie's presentation of relationships between friends, between siblings, and between children and adults, and there's always room for reminders about the joys of being unique and expressing your individuality.

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What's the story?

ANGELINA BALLERINA: DREAMS DO COME TRUE centers on aspiring prima ballerina Angelina (voiced by Charlotte Spencer), who studies dance at Camembert Academy with her best friends. With the school's big dance recital coming up, Angelina is busy sorting out which of her dreamiest routines she'll perform, but an unexpected opportunity arises when she wins the newspaper's "Big Dreams Do Come True" contest and is offered a spot at the prestigious Metroquefort Ballet Junior Dance Company. Angelina knows it's her best chance to become a star, but doing so would mean leaving her family, friends, and her beloved dance teacher, Ms. Mimi.

Is it any good?

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This sweet story draws kids into Angelina's quandary and asks them to contemplate what they might do if faced with a similar situation, and it raises a lot of discussion points that parents can hash out with their kids. Do you have to be the best at something to be proud of your accomplishments? Can you be successful on a small stage? When is a sacrifice worth its price? Preschoolers won't recognize these plot intricacies, but older ones certainly will, and rest assured that Angelina's eventual decision has a heartwarming lesson of its own.

For the younger set, Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True offers a wealth of delightful characters, a number of lively songs, and a parade of strong relationships that reflect Angelina's values. What's more, she and her friends are great examples of how friendship can be strengthened by each person's individuality. Little kids might find the movie's format a bit confusing, since Angelina spends a lot of time recalling memories, and these scenes interfere with the flow of the current story's plot, but with your help, they should have no problem keeping up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about making decisions. How does Angelina weigh her options in her decision about her dance future? Does she arrive at the same conclusion you would have? What would be the most important factor for you in a similar decision?

  • Kids: What are some of your dreams? What kind of training or education will you need to accomplish them?

  • What makes you different from your friends? Do these differences ever bother you? How do they make you special?

Movie details

DVD release date:August 21, 2012
Cast:Charlotte Spencer, Jules De Jongh, Larissa Murray
Director:Davis Doi
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Arts and dance, Brothers and sisters, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Great girl role models
Run time:56 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 21, 2012
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angelina ballerina dreams do come true

Families can talk about making decisions. How does Angelina weigh her options in her decision about her dance future? Does she arrive at the same conclusion you would have? What would be the most important factor for you in a similar decision? Kids: What are some of your dreams? What kind of training or education will you need to accomplish them? What makes you different from your friends? Do these differences ever bother you? How do they make you special?
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