Elena and the Secret of Avalor

Movie review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Princess crossover features two strong female role models.

NR 2016 54 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 7+

Why such a low consumerism mark CSM?

It's a good little introduction film but I have noticed that CSM is often biased when it comes to Disney versus other kids shows on the consumerism ranking. My view is that if Disney makes it, the merchandise will follow and if the series or movie is successful they shove the merchandise down everyone's throats and yet this ranks lower than, say, Pokemon as far as being noted for merchandise and even though my example did Spike in popularity briefly due to the 20th anniversary and a particular smartphone app craze, Disney merchandise is readily available in every store that has a toy section while things like Pokemon are usually only limited to stores that can afford to keep it in stock for the fanbase (like Walmart or GameStop). All I will say is that this is a decent introduction to the series but as such it's saturated in consumerism and toy sales. It does tell a good story but it's predictable and recycled alot of tropes that have been shoved down our throats since the Disney Reneisance (can't spell) in the 1990's. I'm one of those weird people who doesn't really care about most of the iconic Disney fare, but I don't really hate Disney because I love the underappreciated films that are often overlooked because they break the "Disney Formula" and therefore show originality. Would you want to watch the same tropes over and over and storylines recycled. I will say that at least Elena of Avalor by itself is pretty darn good and original I suppose in that aside from Sofia it doesn't mix Disney icons but it's hard to enjoy the series when the holiday toy commercials were crammed with Elena merch.

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Too much consumerism
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age 5+


I was looking forward to a girl of color as the main character but this was a fast paced weird mess.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

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