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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Viewers may learn about working together and problem solving as the Lala-Oopsies try to figure out what's stopping the flow of strawberry milk.
When the princesses and fairies in Lala-Oopsie Land meet the mermaids who live in the strawberry milk, they learn that those from a different culture can teach them new things. Emphasizes the importance of sharing and being nice to each other but focuses on appearances and "looking pretty" (one of the first questions a mermaid asks about the ballerina princess is whether she's pretty).
Positive Role Models
Overall, the Lala-Oopsies are giving and are shown being polite, nice to each other, and good at sharing.
Products & Purchases
The movie is a spin-off from the popular Lalaloopsy TV series and doll line, complete with its own merchandise. Kids may want the Lala-Oopsie dolls after watching the movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lala-Oopsies: A Sew Magical Tale is a direct-to-DVD spin-off of the popular Lalaloopsy doll line and TV show. Although the characters are similar to the Lalaloopsies, they're different enough to warrant their own product line. As with the Lalaloopsy franchise, the movie is geared toward a young audience and has no iffy language or content and features themes such as teamwork, friendship, and problem-solving, though some parents may object to the emphasis on appearance. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although young preschoolers might love the cute and bright imagery, those who aren't fans of the Lalaloopsy series might find themselves feeling a bit nauseated. Much of the story involves princesses and fairies telling each other how lovely they are and how lovely the decorations are and how delicious the food is. It's all very sweet and polite, but there's a decided emphasis on looks (and sugar!) that many parents might find distasteful. Although the plot does focus on friendship and working together, it's hard not to be distracted by the superficiality of it all.
Parents also may find it hard to discount the obvious ploy for merchandising. Fans of the Lalaloopsy series may be able to tell the difference between a Lala-Oopsie and a Lalaloopsy and be eager to collect an entire new series of dolls, but parents may be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
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