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Twinkle Toes: The Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet dance tale marred by commercialism and poor quality.

Movie NR 2012 70 minutes
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Twinkle Toes' plot, while simple, is better than expected and filled with some valuable lessons for kids about self esteem and friendship. Protagonist Grace, aka "Twinkle Toes," is sweet to a fault, and her friends are great at supporting her, even though she has this inexplicably paralyzing fear of performing in public. Unfortunately, the movie's subpar animation, coupled with some bizarrely kinetic dance sequences, makes this the kind of movie that young kids might like but adults will find difficult to palate.

Direct-to-DVD offerings are rarely up to theatrical animation standards, but this Skechers-produced movie musical is a big let down, even compared to other merchandise-tied videos. Much of the animation is blurry, inconsistent, or bland. The colors are off (skintone is especially vampiric), and the dance sequences are a bit haywire. If getting past low production values isn't a problem for your family, chances are they might find Grace a sweet enough underdog to root for, even if the whole project is just one long marketing vehicle for glittery girls' sneakers.

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