Bratz Kidz: Fairy Tales
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bratz Kids: Fairy Tales is intended for younger kids and doesn't focus on the typical tween Bratz interests of fashion and makeup, etc. The focus on traditional fairy tales means that there are some mild scares from a cackling witch, hungry wolf, and jealous evil queen. Beneath the frequent cartoon action, a oft-stated message encourages the Kidz to withhold judgment of others until they fully understand their predicaments. Don't be surprised if kids who watch ask for Bratz merchandise, since this feature is essentially a giant commercial for the toy franchise.
What's the story?
Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, and Jade are on their way to perform fairy tales for a kindergarten assembly. They're critical of the stories' heroines and think if they'd been Rapunzel or Snow White or Red Riding Hood or Cinderella, they would have been smarter and handled things differently. A magical frog overhears their complaints and decides to teach them a lesson. The surprised Kidz are whisked away to Fairy Tale Land where they get a chance to prove their point. And, the only way they can get back home is to resolve each familiar story, with its required happy ending, by midnight. It proves a lot harder than they thought. Soon Cloe, Yasmin, and company face great danger from arch villains. Will they survive and come away with new respect for these forever heroines?
Is it any good?
Fairy Tales is an early, weak entry in the Bratz movie collection. The characters, animation techniques, and stories feel underdeveloped and amateurish. The original music is particularly grating and derivative. The traditional tales meander endlessly, without a modicum of wit or inventiveness. The villains are defeated, only to be resurrected and defeated again... and again.
Save this one for major Bratz fans only. All others can find many better fairy tale interpretations.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the value of fairy tales. What are some of the reasons kids are drawn to these traditional stories?
Unlike many honored children's stories, fairy tales often include violence and the characters are in great danger. Do you think it's OK for kids to be exposed to fairy tale violence? How have fairy tales changed over time?
What is meant by the statement: "Don't judge others until you've walked a mile in their shoes"?