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Parents need to know that Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun is a collection of 10 episodes from the popular preschool TV series, packaged as a one-hour movie. Interspersed throughout each episode are real-life children who dance and sing about subjects including washing your hands and eating healthily. There is a good diversity among the children giving the movie an inclusive feel. All of the familiar characters from the TV show are here, displaying the same positive traits and attitudes. Peppa learns something from each episode. This includes life lessons like communication, patience, and self-control, but also about subjects such as the Romans and how television works. But alongside the educational elements there is plenty of warm humor and age-appropriate fun. Though there is no consumerism present, parents and guardians may find they are inundated with requests for various Peppa Pig merchandise after watching the movie.
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Audiences expecting a movie version of Peppa Pig will be disappointed to discover that instead of an extended adventure, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun is simply a collection of 10 episodes. Sandwiched between them are live-action scenes with children who engage with the audience encouraging them to sing along with songs about washing your hands and eating your five (or seven) fruit and vegetables a day. The songs themselves use tunes that will be familiar to most. But the new lyrics may require repeat viewing before younger viewers are able to sing along freely -- there's a subtle joke about this in one of the episodes that's a knowing nod to parents.
Other than the live-action, there's no surprises here. Parents can be assured that younger viewers will learn life skills -- as well as touch upon subjects such as the Romans and wildlife -- in a warm and humorous way. But packaging 10 episodes together under one title feels unnecessary and even a little dishonest. Sticking to the traditional episodic format also gives parents better control at managing how much Peppa kids watch.
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Families can talk about how family is portrayed in Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun. How do Mummy and Daddy Pig help Peppa? Do you think they are good parents? Why? Discuss Peppa and George's relationship. How does it compare to your own relationship with your brother or sister?
Discuss the songs in the movie. What was your favorite? What do they teach us?
Why do you think Peppa Pig is so popular? What character strengths do Peppa and her friends display?
How did Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun compare to a normal episode of Peppa Pig? What did/didn't you like? Did you like the longer format?
- In theaters: April 5, 2019
- On DVD or streaming: October 14, 2019
- Cast: Harley Bird, Morwenna Banks, Arisha Choudhury
- Director: Mark Baker
- Studio: Entertainment One
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Music and Sing-Along
- Character strengths: Communication, Self-control
- Run time: 68 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 10, 2020
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