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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that A Storybots Christmas is a special installment of The Storybots series. It's got lots of positive messages about the meaning of the holidays, including sharing time with loved ones and not putting so much emphasis on the kinds of gifts we give or receive. There are some subtle references to a popular seasonal soda advertisement, and a conversation about today's children wanting complicated and technical toys (both of which will go over the heads of young ones). Storybots fans of all ages will be drawn to this fun special.
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What's the story?
A STORYBOTS CHRISTMAS is a holiday special featuring the Storybots, a group of robot-like friends who live inside computer parts. When a child asks them what their favorite Christmas presents have been over the years, bot Bo realizes her gifts haven't always gone over well. Along with her rainbow unicorn, she sets out on a journey to Santa's Workshop to learn how to make them better. But Santa is missing, and she must venture to the outer world to find him. Meanwhile, her Storybot friends are worried, and set out to find her before Christmas.
Is it any good?
This dynamic and positive special highlights the importance of sharing time with loved ones during the holidays. It does so by reminding both viewers and a rather forlorn Santa Claus (played by Ed Asner) that the festive season isn't about giving big or fancy gifts, but about offering gestures of the heart and sharing cheer with each other.
A Storybots Christmas relies on the series' trademark mixture of digital animation, claymation, puppetry, and live action to tell the story. However, the lessons it offers aren't broken down quite as simply as they are in the original show. Nonetheless, children who enjoy the series will love this special and the cheerful way it delivers positive messages.
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A Storybots Christmas shares some important things to think about during the holidays. What are some of those things? Is getting presents one of them?
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