Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Dolls as babies in sweet but boring preschool tale.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 46 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Mostly meant to entertain, but the dolls are shown solving problems and learning new things.

Positive Messages

Don't be afraid to fail.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Lalaloopsy dolls are always polite, supportive, and encouraging of each other.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Product tie-in to popular doll line, with a new line of dolls based on the DVD.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps is another straight-to-DVD movie featuring the Lalaloopsy dolls, though this time they're also shown as babies. This colorful and simple tale is geared toward preschoolers, and though it doesn't have a lot of positive messages or role models, it does show the Lalaloopsy girls being kind and supportive of each other. Although there's no iffy content, some parents may object to the obvious tie-in to the Lalaloopsy doll line and the abundance of related merchandise available.

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What's the story?

Jewel Sparkles (Selia Sangra) loses her lucky tiara. When the other Lalaloopsy dolls try to help her get it back from behind the fridge, they find a lost scrapbook of their baby years. Full of pictures taken by Bea Spells-a-Lot (Hayley Stone), the group reminisces on how they met their signature pets and how they discovered the wonders of the world outside their nursery.

Is it any good?

Young fans of the Lalaloopsy dolls or the colors pink and purple may be thrilled to learn some of the backstory of the Lalaloopsy dolls. But most preschoolers probably won't find much to hold their interest in this sweet but vapid tale. The plot is very thin, lacking much of a story, and the baby talk used to depict the younger versions of the characters is somewhat nauseating. There also are a lot of repetitive, obnoxious sounds, such as a grating cat meow and a repeated call for "kitten!" that are sure to drive parents bonkers.

Parents also may find the obvious ploy for merchandising distasteful. There's not enough plot here for the DVD to be more than a commercial for a new set of Lalaloopsy baby dolls, which fans of the series probably will be eager to collect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being a baby. Do you like looking at photos from when you were a baby?

  • What's your first memory? How old were you in that memory?

  • All the Lalaloopsy girls are shown finding their signature pets and developing their personalities, which we see in other Lalaloopsy movies. Do you have any character traits you had when you were a baby?

Movie details

For kids who love preschool tales

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