A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Belle teaches lessons in cooperation. Each cartoon provides a little life lesson that parents may appreciate.
Violence & Scariness
Some routine and light-hearted cartoon violence. The story of "Hansel and Gretel" is fairly scary, despite the addition of a lighter score and happier dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
This may encourage your children's interest in other Disney videos, such as Beauty and the Beast.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a cheerful, if somewhat preachy, group of songs and stories. The songs will appeal to young children, but some kids may be disappointed to find this isn't a typical Disney animated feature, but a puppet show that incorporates old cartoons. And younger children may be disturbed by the Grimm Fairy Tale "Hansel and Gretel", in which Hansel gets transformed into a spider and Gretel gets thrown into an underground cell. Parents may want to remind their children that it's a cartoon and no one is really getting hurt. The Wolf in the "Three Little Pigs" also looks rather vicious. In one cartoon, Mrs. Potts suffers a poignant depression. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's never too soon to teach kids how to be good team players, and this entertaining release attempts to do just that through story and song. A few of the children that congregate in Belle's shop take turns being selfish and lazy, giving our heroine ample opportunity to illustrate the downside of those tendencies. Belle's instructions stay fairly entertaining with the help of some catchy tunes and cartoons straight out of Disney's vault.
Younger or more sensitive kids might be scared by some parts of the "Hansel and Gretel" and "Three Little Pigs" cartoons, and the "Beauty and the Beast" cartoon segment deals with Mrs. Potts' depression, but overall, this is a cheerful production (although parents may find the puppets irritating).
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