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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The DVD is designed to teach kids cultural facts about the world.
Some issues -- such as slavery, partying, can-can dancing, women as auxiliary roles -- are notable, but everything moves so quickly that nothing is focused on.
Products & Purchases
The section on Turkey emphasizes spending money in a frenzy, though no specific brands come through.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some alcohol in the form of wine shown during the Paris section, but none consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that children might walk away with some cultural facts bouncing through their minds, but the content -- and sometimes context -- is occasionally questionable. You may need to have conversations with your kids about issues such as slavery, cultural conflict, and ecology, as well as fill in some historical gaps. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite the catchy tunes, Wee Bee Tunes Travel Adventures: Get Your Passport ends up coming across as a confusing amalgamation of cultural exploration and musical animation. It places as much emphasis on defining the character guides as it does defining the place that they're visiting. The content can get disturbingly convoluted. Unless an adult can pause the DVD and explain the concept of Parliament in England, for example, or the fact that the desert moved in and "the economy dried up" in Timbuktu, these facts are throw-aways.
Very few people of color are shown in the Carnival scene in Brazil, which misrepresents the population. Shopping in Turkey, where viewers are told to "prepare to spend" at the "original shopping mall" that has "over 4,000 shops," takes the cake. Money changes hands and goods are hoarded. There are also deeper issues in terms of slavery, cultural conflict, and ecology that are glossed over. The CD release of the same title might be a better choice, since this DVD tries to do too much.
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