Bratz Kidz: Fairy Tales
By Renee Longstreet,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Kidz as fairy tale heroines in clumsy stories; mild peril.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not inform.
Suggests that it's unwise to judge others too quickly. Encourages keeping fairy tales alive for children.
Positive Role Models
The Bratz Kidz are loyal to one another and brave enough to come to each other's aid in spite of danger. The Kidz reject female stereotypes (i.e., sole responsibility for cooking, cleaning, acting as "groupies"). On the other hand, they rush headlong into questionable situations without considering the consequences. As in all Bratz adventures there's an attempt to include ethnically diverse characters, even though some of the ethnicity is portrayed in a stereotypical manner (i.e., dialect). Stepparents conform to fairy tale conventions as evil and threatening.
Violence & Scariness
Some exaggerated cartoon fairy-tale danger from a witch, an evil queen, a large black bird, and a wolf. Amidst the cackling, howling, teeth-bearing, and chasing, the girls repeatedly escape from danger: they fall, dangle over a boiling pot of stew, land in the clutches of a hungry wolf, climb to great heights. The witch careens through the air on her broomstick, her magic wand shooting sparks in the Kidz direction; the evil queen prepares her poisoned fruit; the wolf threatens to eat them over and over again. Several villains fall into a very deep well, and at least one is a meal for the wolf.
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Products & Purchases
The movie is a key marketing tool in the vast Bratz franchise.
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.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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"?
- On DVD or streaming: February 26, 2008
- Cast: Brian Drummond, Claire Renaud, Dorla Bell
- Director: Phil Weinstein
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Book Characters, Friendship
- Run time: 74 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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