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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Spring Fling is a collection of art- and dance-centric tales focused on teamwork and problem solving. Angelina and friends must power through disappointments, cure their own boredom, solve problems, and work together, and in each story a lesson about dance, art, or music usually shows the way. Terrific for preschoolers who love fine art.
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What's the story?
ANGELINA BALLERINA: SPRING FLING features five stories focused on teamwork and solving problems. In "Angelina's Spring Fling," the Mouselings must learn how to combat boredom when spring arrives late. In "Angelina and the Front Page," Angelina and her father learn how to work around friend Gracie's love of being in front of the camera. In "Angelina and the New Jeans," AZ and Angelina figure out how a new pair of stiff jeans actually makes certain kinds of dances even more authentic. In "Angelina's Trick or Treat Feast," the girls must learn how to communicate their Halloween costumes through dance and music when the mail fails to deliver them in time. In "Angelina and the Poster," Angelina and Marco must learn to put aside differences to make a poster showing why they both love Camembert Academy.
Is it any good?
These charming tales have the Mouselings tackling teamwork and problem solving with art, dance, and music pointing the way. In each story, viewers will learn more about a particular dance move or classical number while seeing how the kids translate their art lessons into everyday values. Angelina and her friends are realistic preschoolers who squabble and compete, but they also are well-intentioned and good-hearted and demonstrate a slew of good values, from conscientiousness to sensitivity and a love of art. For kids who love art and dance already, the show reinforces that working hard to be good at something is its own reward, and for those just becoming acquainted with the fine arts, there's a bounty of introductory material for art- and dance-related concepts that will pique curiosity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about boredom. Have you ever been stuck inside and feeling bored on a rainy or cold day? How did you pass the time?
Have you had to work through disagreements with friends to work together? What was the issue? How did you put your differences aside?
Angelina and Marco turn his stiff jeans into an asset when they use them to do a new dance. Have you ever had a mistake work out for the better? What was it?
- On DVD or streaming: March 11, 2014
- Cast: Charlotte Spencer, Naomi MacDonald
- Director: Davis Doi
- Studio: Lyons Group
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Book Characters, Brothers and Sisters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 62 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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