Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD provides reinforcement for the notion that sometimes hard work and perseverance are the only answers. When characters take shortcuts, the result is disaster that the characters themselves must fix. Mischievous school behavior is shown, though a character's willingness to stick it out resolves the problem. The movie doesn't have all-ages appeal, however, thanks to a weak storyline; it works best for ages 3-6.
What's the story?
Continuing the Disney Princess DVD juggernaut, DISNEY PRINCESS ENCHANTED TALES: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS finds Princess Aurora and Princess Jasmine faced with obstacles that require determination and elbow grease to overcome. The DVD comprises two separate stories. In the first, Princess Aurora is left on her own to run the castle while her family and boyfriend Prince Philip are at a royal conference. While trying to plan a welcome-home dinner, the princess is interrupted by royal duties requiring her to sign papers and meet with complaining villagers. Despite misgivings, she resorts to using a magic wand to make all that pesky responsibility go away so she can get back to party planning. The second half of the DVD features Jasmine, who aims to secure more meaningful work to do than being "a peacock princess." She's given a chance to teach, but then attempts to find and tame a fierce runaway stallion with special importance to her father.
Is it any good?
While the overall message of these two movies will be welcome reinforcement for kids, it's marred by the fact that neither challenge facing the princesses is very compelling. Princess Aurora comes across as a bit of a whiner, while Jasmine overcomes her task with such ease that even young children may wonder why everyone else thought the job was so hard.
All the familiar Disney sidekicks appear for each princess: funny King Hubert for Aurora, wisecracking Iago for Jasmine. Animation is in the familiar Disney style, colorful and skilled. While very young girls in a princess phase will certainly appreciate this movie, girls over 6 will lose interest.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about situations in which family members have been tempted to take shortcuts to solve problems. Is that the same as giving up?
Both princesses talk about working hard to follow their dreams. What dreams do you have that might involve lots of hard work?