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Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show

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Insightful, gentle lessons teach kids about relationships.
  • Review Date: April 19, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 40 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Viewers learn about expressions of caring and positive, proactive ways to handle difficult relationships with friends. There are also reminders of the importance of expressing yourself, being honest with others, and surrounding yourself with people who like you for who you are. Parents will glean ideas for ways to introduce these issues into discussions with kids.

Positive messages

Communication, self-expression, and self-awareness are emphasized in this intuitive show that teaches kids all about friendship. It uses a variety of tools -- including animation, stories, and music -- to illustrate how friendship enhances our lives and to give kids some effective tools for when relationships are challenging. The issue of bullying is dealt with in a careful but realistic manner that's age-appropriate for preschoolers.

Positive role models

Ruby is a model of compassion, creativity, and friendliness, and her inviting demeanor encourages kids to pay attention to what she says. The kids in the cast openly share their feelings (both happy and sad), and their interactions demonstrate the value of open communication in resolving problems. The show's design provides parents with examples of ways to talk to kids about these kinds of issues. The cast includes boys and girls, as well as kids of various ethnicities.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show is an excellent resource for parents and kids exploring the processes of making and maintaining relationships. The show's style invites kids to contemplate what friendship means to them, how friends bring joy to each other, and how we express our appreciation to each other. It also touches on the downside of peer relationships, namely bullying, and emphasizes some coping mechanisms for dealing with these kinds of situations. Music, creative animation techniques, and a colorful, inviting atmosphere support the show's delightful hostess, further ensuring that these important social messages hit their mark on young kids. Parents who tune in will find multiple discussion cues and project ideas for keeping the conversation going with their kids at the show's end.

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What's the story?

THE FRIENDSHIP SHOW is set in Ruby's Studio, a magical playroom where kids share, create, and learn all about positive peer relationships. Hostess Ruby (Kelsey Collins) and her four young friends discuss the ups and downs of making friends, respecting differences, and resolving conflict. Each discussion point is illustrated through animated shorts, music, or a craft project, all of which celebrate the importance of friendship in kids' lives.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

What makes this show remarkable is its ability to balance quality content with a refreshingly unique style that maintains kids' interest on topics they probably hear about every day. Whereas they might tune out another rote reminder from parents on the importance of kindness and consideration, that won't be the case when the lessons come in the forms of darling illustrated characters and a fun intermingling of live-action and animation. The end result is a valuable jumping-off point for families to further explore how these issues relate to their own experiences.

Created by The Mother Company, The Friendship Show has been lauded by parents and experts alike for its innovative approach to reaffirming social lessons that kids likely hear many times in any given day. The thoughtfully crafted content walks kids through the basics of meeting new people (saying "hello" and introducing yourself, for instance) and finding common ground that supersedes your unique qualities. The cast members -- led by the endearing Ruby -- talk freely about what it feels like when a friend does something unkind and offer advice for tackling difficult situations like bullying, thereby opening an avenue for parents to discuss these issues further with their kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how friends make you feel. Kids: What makes your friends special to you? Do they share your same interests? Do they make you feel good about yourself? How so?

  • Kids: Have you ever experienced a friend being unkind to you? What did you do? Were you happy with how the situation ended? What might you do differently if you're ever in a similar jam?

  • Have fun building on the concepts explored in this show as a family. Make a friendship tree to give to a special friend, or read a story that touches on these same themes. Share with your kids some of your favorite memories about your friends, or even experiences with bullying and how you resolved them.

Movie details

DVD release date:January 29, 2013
Cast:Kelsey Collins
Director:Samantha Kurtzman-Counter
Studio:The Mother Company
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Music and sing-along
Character strengths:Communication, Empathy
Run time:40 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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