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Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Young mouse friends learn about creativity and respect.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 62 minutes

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Educational Value

Viewers learn about the practice, rehearsal, and performance aspects of dance and singing, as well as about instruments such as castanets, Spanish dancing, how to be a good audience member, taking care of plants, collaborating creatively with others, and the concept of dynamics.

Positive Messages

Be open to new ideas; be a good audience member; acknowledge your mistakes and apologize; keep your commitments; help others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are engaged and present; children have realistic goals, dreams, and flaws, behaving in ways that can be selfish but also demonstrating great concern for the group, being a good friend, and being a good sibling or daughter. There is particular emphasis on caring about performance.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales is a collection of dance-centric tales that hold valuable lessons for Angelina and friends in real life. Each story features a concept learned in the classroom that helps the Mouselings solve problems at home, with a focus on creativity, respect, keeping commitments, practice, and showing appreciation. Great for art-loving preschoolers.

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What's the story?

Angelina (voiced by Charlotte Spencer) and friends learn a lot about dance and music in a collection of five stories that focus on everything from dance to showing appreciation. In "Angelina's Dance Like a Cake Day," she discovers where creativity comes from. In "Angelina's Noisy Messy Lunchtime," the Mouselings focus on being good audience members. In "Angelina and the Musical Plant," Angelina learns how to care for something, keep her commitment, and balance lots of choices at once. In "Angelina and Her Parents' Dance Lessons," she discovers that practice helps everyone -- even parents -- get better. In "Angelina's Mother's Day," Angelina forgets her mother's special day but realizes it's an opportunity for an even better surprise.

Is it any good?

These delightful tales are jam-packed with lessons big and small. The stories not only teach fun facts about dance and music that most kids may not pick up at preschool -- Spanish dancing, the concept of dynamics -- but they also impart valuable lessons about friendship and being part of a larger group. Kids not only can learn about the tango but also how to be polite when it's a friend's turn to perform. What sets these tales apart from typical preschooler fare is the show's love for and focus on fine arts while it still provides a bevy of relatable preschool problems, layered with learning that isn't afraid to challenge its viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about creativity. How do you come up with ideas? What are some of the best creative ideas you've come up with?

  • What dance shows have you seen? How did you behave in the audience when the performers came out? What are some good rules for watching a show?

  • Have you ever used dynamics in anything you've done? What happened?

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