A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Values friendship, teamwork, unselfishness, forgiveness, and making the most of opportunities. Defines "seize the day."
Positive Role Models
Twinkle Toes is a good friend, daughter, and spirited dancer who learns a lesson about teamwork and sharing the limelight. Twilight's dad is caring, responsible, and optimistic. No villains. Ethnic diversity is reflected in the featured animated characters.
Violence & Scariness
No scares or suspense. Mild mishaps: characters fall, dancers topple, bed collapses, kids chase a rabbit on mountain and train.
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Products & Purchases
Prominent tie-in to Skechers line of Twinkle Toes shoes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York is the second movie from Skechers Entertainment promoting a line of sparkly shoes for girls. Twinkle Toes and her two best friends have wholesome adventures, share conversations in "cool-speak," and learn lightweight lessons. In this case, Twilight quickly realizes that being a team player is way better than hogging the limelight. Low on budget, quality, and originality, it's entertaining enough to engage its target audience. No villains here and no scares, but no substance or heart either. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In spite of its cheesy animation and music, as well as gratingly exaggerated "hip" dialogue and predictable outcomes, this Skechers DVD will probably appeal to its target audience: little girls. On the plus side, it's an upbeat, squeaky-clean film with a positive message, mostly positive role models, and an element of diversity in its animated characters. On the other hand, the primary objectives seem to be creating a cheerful diversion -- selling shoes, and building yet another franchise that cross-promotes film and merchandise. As an example, the whole of the content in the "original Broadway musical" is a short, barely adequate dance sequence with music from The Nutcracker. Little girls deserve better, if only to begin to discern the difference between enriching entertainment and passable time-wasting coupled with consumerism.
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