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Super Monsters and The Wish Star

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Holiday special offers inclusive fun for little ones.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 27 minutes

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Educational Value

References both Hanukah and the Winter Solstice in this Christmas special.

Positive Messages

Values promoted: teamwork, optimism, inclusiveness, looking out for one another.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Super Monsters and their adult "friends" are all cooperative, willing to participate in activities, helpful, and careful not to hurt other people's feelings. Ethnic diversity.

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Entry in Netflix's children series Super Monsters. Toys and other products are marketed to kids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Monsters and The Wish Star is a short film released by Netflix that is part of their Super Monsters TV series franchise. It's a Christmas special in which the Super Monsters gather to prepare and celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Super Monsters are little guys -- the sons and daughters of classic "monsters" like Dracula and Frankenstein -- who are kids during the day and turn into mini-monsters when night falls. They're all positive, friendly folks and have each other's best interests at heart. In this holiday special, in which both Hanukah and the Winter Solstice are celebrated as well, there are no villains, suspense, and scares. Younger kids will likely find much to like about the upbeat festivities.

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What's the story?

It's Christmas Eve in SUPER MONSTERS AND THE WISH STAR. Everyone is excitedly getting ready for the Christmas party, which will celebrate Hanukah and the Winter Solstice, too. There's decorating to do, yummy cupcakes to bake, carols to sing, and delicious food to eat. Frankie (voiced by Erin Mathews) brings home a Christmas tree. It's tiny, but that's quickly remedied when Vida (Gigi Saul Guerrero), a young cousin of Lobo's, shares her special power -- "Plant Magic" -- with the gang. Within moments the tiny tree becomes the tallest, most beautiful Christmas tree the little monsters have ever seen. Unhappily, Santa won't be able to join their party; he's still wrapping presents for the night's long journey, but he's sent them a special ornament, a Wish Star. The special star will grant one, and only one, Christmas wish. All the super monsters eagerly decide which activities they want to enjoy, but Glorb (Kathleen Barr) simply can't make up his mind. He wants to try everything!  Mmm, how can he manage that? Maybe the Wish Star could help him out? But be careful what you wish for, Glorb!

Is it any good?

Cheerful, bright, kindhearted, and scare-free, this 27-minute special is just right for preschool fans of the exclusive-to-Netflix mini-monster series. It would be helpful for new viewers to know that the very young Super Monsters (the children of famous characters like Dracula and the Werewolf) are learning to use their special powers. By day they are ordinary kids; their monster identities only come out at night. It won't take long, however, for the uninitiated to catch up. The little folks are happy, enthusiastic, respectful of one another, and love working as a team. They wear their monster identities gently, always trying to do good. Adults are genial, supportive, and often wise. Super Monsters and The Wish Star gently integrates Hanukah traditions along with the Christmas celebration, and references The Winter Solstice, as well. An enjoyable addition to the Super Monster catalog. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss all the fun things to do during the holiday season. The Super Monsters enjoyed caroling, eating yummy food, playing games, and seeing Santa Claus. What are some of your family traditions? Which are your favorites? 

  • What did Glorb use the Monsters's one special wish for in Super Monsters and The Wish Star? Whom did he ask for help to undo his wish?

  • What was honored guest Vida's special power in Super Monsters & The Wish Star? How did she share it with her new friends?

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