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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The four Bratz are loyal to one another, and helpful in ending arguments between two sisters. A bully is very nasty to the Bratz and their dog. One character berates and belittles her sister throughout, and is never chastised.
Violence & Scariness
A puppy is kidnapped and treated roughly by an older bully.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexualized toddlers are a pedophile's dream, with their skimpy clothing, high heels, and suggestive lyrics and dance moves.
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Lots of nasty name-calling.
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Products & Purchases
Since the characters are based on a line of dolls and their spin-off products, it's unavoidable. There is even a Bratz Karaoake machine that ties into the plot.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that it would be difficult to imagine worse role models for the tween girls at which this Bratz franchise is aimed. This DVD takes the Bratz characters -- four superficial teen girls obsessed with makeup, fashion, and shopping -- and shrinks them down to toddler size. Their behavior, appearance, and attitudes remain true to the original Bratz, so the audience is treated to the bizarre sight of toddlers putting on makeup, going to the mall, and wearing mini-skirts and high-heeled boots. The only adults in sight are buffoonish, and a puppy is repeatedly threatened by a bully. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Following the trend of Looney Tunes with its Baby Looney Tunes, the cringe-worthy Bratz Babyz brings us the adventures of Chloe, Jade, Sasha, and Yasmin as toddlers. It turns out that these baby Bratz aren't much different from the teen characters, wearing makeup, obsessing about fashion, and roaming the mall largely free from adult supervision. Aside from the adults, boys are also given short shrift in the movie, presented as ruffians who torture Miss Calabash and try to impede the girls' efforts to recover the dog. Girl power is taken too far when its point is to diminish boys.
Cotton candy-colored animation accompanied by throbbing techno music will keep the viewer awake during the slow points in the story (and there are many). The Baby Bratz are genuinely disturbing to look at: cropped tops and sexy boy-styled underpants accentuate long baby legs and big hair. One positive note is that the girls learn they must work together to be successful in finding the missing dog, and they are apologetic when they've hurt one another's feelings. It's almost enough to erase the memory of toddlers singing "you look hotter than hot, you're dressed up to rock!" OK, maybe not.
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