Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Arts-centric tales offer positive messages for preschoolers.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 61 minutes

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Educational Value

Viewers are exposed to the rituals and demands of ballet as well as other group activities, such as rock bands and hip-hop dancing.

Positive Messages

Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls espouses strong messages about working together, being honest, and focusing on others and the idea that every part counts, no matter how small.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are kind and relatable. Angelina and her friends are by turns selfish, giving, ambitious, and free-spirited. Adults are present, extremely engaged, and fair.

Violence & Scariness

Nothing is specifically promoted here, but the Angelina empire has a number of books, toys, TV shows, and films for purchase associated with the brand.

What parents need to know

Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls is a squeaky-clean bundle of five Angelina episodes featuring the Camembert gang as they navigate the everyday concerns of preschoolers through art, music, and dance. Though the characters normally focus on ballet and classical, here they expand on form and learn about rock and hip-hop music and movement.

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What's the story?

Angelina and friends are back to dancing in this film-length collection of five episodes. In "Angelina's Crazy Solo," Angelina must learn how to star in a show while working with props. "Angelina's Rock Band" has Angelina learning how to be a good sport in the rock band when her only role is a minor tambourine part. In "Angelina's Hip-Hop Boys Show," Angelina learns how to take the focus off herself to direct others in her debut hip-hop musical. In "Angelina and the Giant," Angelina gains valuable troubleshooting experience when the class votes to perform Jack and the Beanstalk. Finally, in "Angelina and the Fiddle," Angelina must learn how to face up to her mistakes when her dad's beloved fiddle is broken.

Is it any good?

With its focus on art-based problem solving, Angelina Ballerina is in a class of its own when it comes to promoting a love of music, dancing, and performance mixed with everyday preschool concerns. This bunch of episodes moves past ballet and takes on rock and hip-hop, so for kids who might not be interested in ballet, this could be a great introduction to other, more accessible art forms.

For kids who love dance and music, Angelina and her pals work through a variety of performances and issues that make them better dancers but also better friends and students. There's a particularly well-done depiction of the balance kids must learn to tend to their own self-driven impulses while also considering the good of the group. Parents can appreciate that these lessons are taught right alongside great dance moves and stories that encourage movement, creativity, and imagination.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about new challenges. Angelina was used to being a star in one episode -- but not a star who also had to work with props. Have you ever had to face something new in an activity you were already good at? What happened?

  • Have you ever had to put your own feelings aside to work in a group? What happened? How did things turn out?

  • Angelina has trouble being honest when she breaks her dad's fiddle. Have you ever had to tell your parents something hard? What was it? How did it turn out?

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