Go! Go! Cory Carson: Summer Camp

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Likable social-emotional messages stand out in cute story.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 20 minutes

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Educational Value

Cory's experiences teach preschoolers the value of emotional honesty and of dealing with their feelings in constructive ways. As story shows Cory learning how not to resolve feelings of jealousy, it encourages viewers to consider more positive fixes for similar problems. 

Positive Messages

Strong messages about social-emotional learning, coping with difficult emotions. Positive representations of friendship and conflict resolution. 

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cory admits when he is wrong, tries to make amends for hurting others' feelings. Adults help him understand why his actions were wrong and guide his decisions in setting things right. 

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Consumerism

Cory Carson is a VTech brand of toys and playsets.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Go! Go! Cory Carson: Summer Camp is a short movie from the Go! Go! Cory Carson animated series starring VTech toys of the same name. The story centers on young Cory's feelings of jealousy over his friend's unexpected attention toward a new character. Cory's unhappiness causes him to do something unkind, but he takes responsibility for his actions and learns an important lesson in the end. Themes of friendship, honesty, and emotional awareness stand out in this story just as they do in the series as a whole.

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What's the story?

In GO! GO! CORY CARSON: SUMMER CAMP, summer is here, and Cory (voiced by Alan C. Lim) is off to Camp Friendship with his friends. When he arrives, though, he discovers things aren't quite as he had planned. Instead of bunking with Freddie (Smith Foreman), he's assigned to share a tent with Frannie (Ella Joy Ballesteros), who's decidedly less fun. What's more, Freddie's joined by his cousin Rosie (Abigail Vibat), and Cory's jealousy builds, as her presence means Freddie will have less time for their camp traditions.

Is it any good?

This story illustrates a valuable social-emotional message for its preschool audience. Cory's feelings will ring true for anyone who's ever been envious of another's time or attention. While he doesn't verbalize his emotions in direct ways, it's easy to infer from his actions how his feelings evolve as the story plays out. When eventually he reaches a breaking point of sorts, he makes an understandable -- if irresponsible -- decision because of his feelings. 

Go! Go! Cory Carson: Summer Camp can start good conversations with kids about tough emotions like jealousy. Stories like this one help broach difficult topics by framing the trouble as the characters' while still allowing families to relate the messages to more personal experiences. As Cory sees the repercussions of his choices take shape, parents can help guide kids to consider more constructive ways to handle similar scenarios in their own lives. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about coping with difficult emotions. Where do you turn when you have big feelings like anger, sadness, or envy? What are some healthy outlets for emotional times? 

  • How does Cory's experience demonstrate some of the complicated things about friendship? Does being friends mean you never disagree or argue? If you have a conflict with your friends, how do you fix it? 

  • How does good communication help Cory work out his troubles? Do you ever have trouble talking about your feelings? What helps you when you need to express yourself and say what you're feeling?

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