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Scholastic Video Collection: Tikki Tikki Tembo

By Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Stories are charming, but some iffy representations.

Movie NR 2005 52 minutes
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Gentle retelling of favorite stories from my childhood. It's fun to share them with my little one. The animation is static, FYI.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Watching these charming animations is like being read to. The best story is one with no words at all -- "The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin" is full of funny details (a unicorn tapestry on the wall features a penguin with a long horn) and wonderful animation. "Hot Hippo" is another outstanding offering. "Tikki Tikki Tembo" has a very memorable rhyme and demonstrates positive sibling and positive community relationships, but its inaccurate portrayal of Chinese people, culture, and language is problematic.

Two bonus stories aren't as well done as the first three -- the version of "Little Red Riding Hood" here isn't anything special, and a West African folklore story about Anansi isn't well-animated. But all of the stories here will encourage discussion, making them a solid choice for families to watch together.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 12, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: June 26, 2005
  • Cast: Karma Wilson
  • Director: Syd Hoff
  • Studio: Scholastic
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 52 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: not rated
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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