Lala-Oopsies: A Sew Magical Tale

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Spin-off of Lalaloopsy doll adventures is cute but vapid.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 44 minutes

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

Overall, the Lala-Oopsies are giving and are shown being polite, nice to each other, and good at sharing.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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What's the story?

In the Land of Lala-Oopsie, a princess is throwing a tea party but doesn't have any sugar cubes. She sets off to visit her assorted fairy, pony, and ballerina princess friends to see if they can share their sugar cubes. After the tea party, the guests go into a boat in the strawberry milk, only to discover that the milk level is sinking, causing the mushrooms and other life in Lala-Oopsie to die. The princesses, the fairies, and their new mermaid friends must work together to figure out what's causing the milk to stop flowing before it's too late.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the obstacles the characters need to overcome. How do they work together?

  • Do you think the movie makes kids want to buy a Lala-Oopsie or Lalaloopsy doll? Why, or why not?

  • How are the Lala-Oopsie characters different from the Lalaloopsies?

Movie details

For kids who love fairy tales

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