A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cute holiday special emphasizes kindness, joy of giving.

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Educational Value

The story intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

The story reminds viewers that there’s greater joy and satisfaction in giving than in receiving and that extending kindness is one of the greatest gifts of all. 

Positive Role Models

Cory’s parents demonstrate the spirit of giving by welcoming a stranger in need into their home and setting a good example for their kids. Inspired by their example, Cory comes to want joy for his new friend even more than he wants a coveted toy for himself.

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but a main character suffers amnesia after an accident (which isn't shown). 

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Consumerism

This holiday special is part of the Go! Go! Cory Carson franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas is a holiday special from the Go! Go! Cory Carson TV series. The story sees Cory trying to teach a new friend all about what Christmas means but learning an even more important lesson in the process. Heartwarming messages about the spirit of giving and Cory’s take on holiday traditions set the scene for a festive watch, and the value of intangible gifts of the season like time spent with loved ones is emphasized. A main character suffers amnesia after an accident, which might raise some questions but isn't portrayed as scary or overly worrisome in the context of the story. 

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What's the story?

In A GO! GO! CORY CARSON CHRISTMAS, Cory (voiced by Alan C. Lim) is counting down the days to Christmas, making out his wish list for Santa, and excitedly awaiting what he hopes will be a Honkin Henry Extreme toy under the tree. When a bearded stranger accidentally crashes into the Carson family's house and loses his memory, Cory feels certain it’s Santa Cars and fears that Christmas will be ruined if he can’t help him remember who he is. He sets about trying to jog the newcomer's memory by teaching him everything he knows about the holiday, but when the truth comes out, it's Cory who learns the most about the true meaning of Christmas. 

Is it any good?

Cory’s enthusiasm for Christmas trappings like being on the nice list, playing in snow, and, of course, toys inevitably reflects that of his young audience, and his eventual change of heart will speak to them as well. As Cory shows his new friend all about Christmas traditions, his friend inadvertently teaches him the most important lesson of all -- that the true gift is in the spirit of giving rather than that of receiving. 

A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas will be a must see for existing fans of the series, but because it jumps right into the story with the assumption that viewers already know the characters, it will be a little harder for newcomers to get up to speed. Even so, the heartwarming messages about the holiday still translate easily to anyone who watches this feel-good special.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the holidays mean to them. How do you demonstrate generosity in a season that can feel like it's all about getting gifts? What are your favorite traditions? 

  • How is compassion demonstrated in this story and by whom? How does that kindness have a positive effect on someone? Kids: When have you felt the effects of someone else's kindness? How did it make you feel? 

  • How does this story tweak Christmas norms to make them fit the Cory Carson car-themed universe? Do shows like this inspire you to see things from a different perspective than your own? How can that be beneficial to you? 

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