A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bratz Babyz Save Christmas features four Bratz Babyz, younger versions of the original Bratz dolls, on an adventure to save Santa and outsmart some crooks. There is some minor peril involved in the subplot of the three crooks, which features some pratfalls and slapstick injuries. There are a few chase scenes with reckless driving, but no one is injured. The toddlers wear visible makeup, such as eye shadow, lipstick, and blush. They have shiny long manes and are dressed in tween-style fashion. However, the film focuses on the girls strategizing a way to save Santa and rescue Christmas using teamwork, planning, and resourcefulness, so the emphasis on appearances takes a backseat here.
What's the story?
When Cloe, Sasha, Jade, and Yasmin learn their parents are snowed in and won't make it back in time for Christmas, they head to the mall with Gran to visit Santa -- but they discover that Santa is in trouble and won't be able to deliver the presents in time. As they strike out to rescue Christmas and save the day, they discover that not getting what you want doesn't always have to be a bad thing.
Is it any good?
Bratz Babyz are a tough sell. Though every other character in this animated adventure looks realistic -- Grandma has wrinkles and age spots -- these toddlers could not look less like actual toddlers in any shape or form. But, if you can get past the shiny manes, lipstick, mascara, and eye shadow on characters that are hardly out of diapers, there are some positive messages here and a can-do spirit about problem solving. Overall, the adventure is a pretty convoluted one, but the themes are simple enough: We don't always get what we want, but sometimes we get something better if we can just keep a positive attitude. That's something to embrace, even if the packaging isn't exactly up to snuff.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about not always getting what you want. Have you ever missed out on something exciting, only to discover there was something better instead? What happened?
What do you think about how the Bratz Babyz look? Do they look like toddlers to you? Why, or why not?
What do you do when things aren't going the way you expected? What are some good ways to stay positive when you can't get your way?
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