Angelina Ballerina: The Silver Locket

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Angelina and friends dance and solve misunderstandings.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 48 minutes

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Educational Value

Viewers are exposed to dance and dance culture, rehearsals, performances, and various dance moves.

Positive Messages

Angelina and friends are devoted to ballet and enjoy practice and getting better. They have developmentally appropriate problems, shortcomings, and misunderstandings and don't always follow the rules, but they feel bad about their mistakes and work to set them right. All members of the community are valued. 

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Part of a series.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: The Silver Locket is a dance-centric collection of episodes focused on typical preschool problems: frustrations with siblings, jealousy, fear of change, and misunderstandings. Kids will learn to solve problems and make amends as well as learn a dance move or two, with the importance of practice being underscored along the way.

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What's the story?

Angelina (voiced by Finty Williams) and friends are caught up in a number of mishaps over these four episodes. In "The Silver Locket," Angelina borrows her mother's prized silver locket without asking and then loses it. In "Show and Tell," Angelina loses her little sister, Polly, and must find her before she gets squashed. In "The Proposal," a misunderstanding leads Angelina to try to sabotage the relationship between Miss Lilly (voiced by Judi Dench) and her male friend, Mr. Operatsky. In "Heads and Tails," Angelina and friends must quickly repair the statue of Queen Seraphina they think cousin Henry broke before Seraphina's visit.

Is it any good?

The movie deftly combines a love of dance, art, and music with relatable preschooler issues: jealousy, misunderstandings, fears, and the frustrations of increasing responsibility. In this case, Angelina takes on caring for little sister Polly and must deal with a slew of frustrations that come with being an older sister and a caretaker. She battles her own frustrations with friends and deals with jealousy and fear when she thinks her beloved Miss Lilly is getting married and moving away. In each scenario, kids learn it's better to tell parents when they need help and that mistakes are OK if you work to set things right. Though Angelina's frustrations aren't always likable (little siblings and clumsy cousins often are portrayed as nuisances), there are admirable resolutions combined with an abiding love of dance and art.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about misunderstandings. Have you ever heard something wrong or jumped to the wrong conclusion? What happens when we jump to conclusions?

  • Have you ever been afraid of something in your life changing? What was it? How did you handle it?

  • Angelina often struggles to tell her parents when she has made a mistake. Have you ever been afraid to tell your parents that something got broken or messed up? What happened? What did you do?

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