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D.W. and the Beastly Birthday

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Positive social messages in likable Arthur special.

Movie G 2017 56 minutes
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This enjoyable TV special puts its characters in relatable predicaments that teach kids important lessons about looking past themselves and considering other people's feelings. D.W. is hardly a rarity as the self-centered 5-year-old who considers her special day ruined when a friend's outfit outshines her own, and her coping mechanism -- hiding from everyone to test their dedication to finding her -- will ring true with many kids. The story puts her road to awareness in a realistic context, letting her enjoy the power of always getting her way for a while before she acknowledges that these kinds of relationships aren't avenues to happiness.

Arthur's change of heart is less formulaic but still very effective in communicating its own positive message about the importance of valuing sibling relationships. D.W. and the Beastly Birthday's lessons stand out in this story that's engaging enough for parents to watch with their kids. You don't need to be an Arthur fan already to enjoy what this special has to offer, but it will help you better understand the characters' relationships from the start.

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