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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Musical Moves is a dance-centric collection of tales that blend dance and music facts with everyday lessons for preschoolers. Angelina and friends rehearse, compete, create songs and dances, and learn how to be good friends, students, and members of their community. Each story imparts some aspect of the rigors of studying dance, whether it's a specific style, such as tap, or an aspect of the discipline, such as the importance of rehearsal, while also working in stories about friendship, forgetting, and foibles any 4-year-old can relate to.
What's the story?
In these five stories, Angelina and friends face excitement and teaching moments. In "Angelina and the Disco Dance Craze," the Mouselings must temper their excitement for a new style of music with a promise they made for Lend a Paw Day. Angelina and pals learn what it means to get butterflies in your tummy when Angelina must recite a poem in front of the class for "Angelina and the Tummy Butterflies." In "Angelina and the Magician," Gracie would rather learn magic than practice tap but soon realizes it's better not to ignore the basics. In "Angelina and Ms. Mimi's Dance," the Mouselings learn that even seasoned dancers must rehearse all the time. "Angelina, AZ, and Cheezy Z" has Angelina and friends working hard to surprise AZ for his birthday.
Is it any good?
ANGELINA BALLERINA: MUSICAL MOVES fires on all cylinders. Preschoolers interested in fine arts will find reinforcement and fun new facts about dance, music, and the discipline such endeavors require. Kids learning how to navigate new and old friendships will find relatable stories about jealousy, competition, and frustration as they try to balance their wants and needs, obligations, and play time, all the while stressing the importance of diligence, discipline, and conscientiousness. Plus, here is a show that understands how preschoolers think, full of whimsy and daydreams (starring them!) one minute and being very sensitive and democratic the next.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about practice. What do you practice? How long have you been doing it? Has it made you any better? Why, or why not?
What's your favorite type of music? What do you like about it?
Have you ever forgotten something important you were supposed to do? What was it? What happened? How did you sort it all out? How can you make sure to remember important events in the future?
- On DVD or streaming: June 12, 2012
- Cast: Charlotte Spencer, Naomi MacDonald
- Director: Davis Doi
- Studio: Lyons Group
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Book Characters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 62 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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