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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Exposure to the discipline and ritual of dance class and performance as well as friendship and problem-solving in a hands-on, art-school setting. Included are various rituals related to corresponding holidays.
Cooperation, resolving misunderstandings with patience and compassion, respecting and appreciating friendships on their own terms, and considering others' feelings.
Positive Role Models
Ms. Mimi is a wonderful, engaged teacher who cares deeply about students and their concerns. Parents are always involved and present. Children have realistic shortcomings with temper and impulse control but strive to see other perspectives, be kind, and work through conflict.
Products & Purchases
Angelina Ballerina merchandise exists but isn't marketed at all in the film.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Sweet Valentine is a collection of episodes featuring Angelina and friends tackling misunderstandings and holiday wishes in an arts-positive environment that celebrates music, dancing, and friendship. It's appropriate for all ages but will resonate most with young kids, as it deals with typical preschool pressures such as miscommunications with friends, healthy competition, and everyday embarrassments. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
ANGELINA BALLERINA: SWEET VALENTINE entertains by imparting a love of arts, music, and dance and by solving the everyday problems of preschoolers through their artistic impulses and ambitions. Here Angelina and her friends deal with embarrassment, learn sympathy, and solve a mystery but with the added layer of artistic goals in dance and music. The episodes promote a healthy competition and desire to be good or the best while still teaching children to consider the feelings of others and practice including others. It also gives kids an insight to the kind of discipline and practice required in the arts at an early age. Though this is largely focused on Angelina and her girlfriends, the show makes a point to include her male classmates and their concerns and even tackles some of the boy/girl divide at this age and encourages diverse friendships.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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