Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet

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S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Charming ballet-themed tales offer valuable lessons.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 61 minutes

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Educational Value

Angelina and her friends always mean well, and, when they do make mistakes, they're always able to learn some important lessons.

Positive Messages

Being good to friends is always important, even if it sometimes involves some self-sacrifice or standing up to your peers to let them know they may be making a mistake.
 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Angelina and her pals are good-natured and kind and always look out for each other.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet is a compilation of popular episodes from the beloved series about a dance-loving mouse and her friends. The gang learns some important lessons about friendship, over-indulgence, and teamwork as they decide who gets to go see a performance of The Nutcracker and try to plan a group project in class. Although there are some bumps along the way, things usually turn out fine in this charming animated series for children.

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What's the story?

The Nutcracker Suite is coming to town, and not only are Angelina and her mom going, but they've also got an extra ticket! Whom should she take: Alice or Lily? That's a thorny problem, and it only gets worse when Angelina accidentally invites them both in ANGELINA BALLERINA: THE NUTCRACKER SWEET. What's a mouse to do? This collection of episodes from the popular animated series shows the gang planning a party for their beloved Ms. Mimi, feasting on delicious holiday treats, and planning a group project. They encounter a few problems, but the gang manages to make things come out right in the end, and they usually learn a few important lessons along the way.

Is it any good?

Angelina Ballerina is charming. The young mouselings are sweet to each other and earnest in their attempts to be good dancers, good students, and good kids. This collection shows how the best intentions can easily go awry, in ways that might seem familiar to young viewers. Even better, it shows how kids can make wise decisions and solve their real-world problems. There's nothing flashy about this series -- no explosions, no robots, and no tie-ins with fancy toys. Instead, it's just timeless, wholesome entertainment for young children.

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