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Angelina Ballerina

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A little mouse dreams big -- OK for all ages.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Viewers can learn a bit about ballet and dance, as well as a little about British customs.

Positive messages

Angelina uses dance as an outlet to help the greater good.

Positive role models

While Angelina and some of her friends can sometimes complain when things don't go their way, they always find a way to resolve their issues in a productive way. Angelina helps others frequently and is a good friend. As the series has developed, male characters are more frequent.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Angelina Ballerina products are plentiful, if not as commonplace as some other more popular characters.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable in this sweet dance-oriented series for preschoolers. Angelina is a great role model who uses her talents to help others.

What's the story?

Based on the books by Helen Craig and Katharine Holabird, ANGELINA BALLERINA is all about a little mouse with big dreams. This series follows Angelina Mousling as she balances her life as a normal growing mouse with her ambitions to become a famous ballet dancer. Angelina's adventures are animated, but brief live-action segments feature ballet tips executed by young aspiring dancers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This is a stellar series that sets a good example for viewers. In one episode, Angelina donates her stuffed animal -- originally a gift from her grandfather -- to charity. She's happy with her decision until she realizes she promised her grandfather a long time ago that she would always keep it. This realization leads to a quest to retrieve the toy ... until Angelina discovers that the new owner needs it more than she does. In the end, her grandfather is proud of her deed. In a different episode, ballet teacher Miss Lilly asks Angelina to be her helper. Angelina is excited because she knows that she's earned this honor. The little mouse takes her role seriously, and thanks to Angelina's positive encouragement, the other dancers overcome their difficulty and dance their best. This offers parents a chance to explain that rewards aren't given -- they're achieved through effort, courage, and positive reinforcement.

The music and characters are gentle throughout, making this series appropriate for all ages. But kids between 3 and 6 will enjoy it the most. Perhaps the only negative to this show is that screen time isn't balanced between boys and girls. If boy dancers had equal screen time, it might encourage more boys to watch the series -- as well as express an interest in dance. It might even help some parents think of dance as more than just a girls' activity.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of having goals. How can you use your goals to help others? What are your dreams, and how can you achieve them? Does watching Angelina make you want to learn to dance?

TV details

Premiere date:May 4, 2002
Cast:Finty Williams, Judi Dench, Keith Wickham
Network:Sprout
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Arts and dance, Book characters, Friendship, Great girl role models
Character strengths:Communication, Perseverance
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 14 years old Written byferret lover March 19, 2012

I HATE THIS! PLEASE, TRUST ME ON THIS ONE!

First, let me say this. Back then Angelina ballerina was a sweet cartoon series, she had a beautiful English voice! But now it is butchered, she is pink, and she and her friends are whiny! I have seen a bit of one episode, and hated it. Get you're kid the old Angelina ballerina instead!
What other families should know
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Teen, 17 years old Written by012345678900000 December 20, 2012

This show is cool

I wish they reran this show in the UK!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byWaterNymph March 18, 2011

Adorable!! I used to watch this when I was a little ballerina. :)

Aww, I used to love this cartoon. It's so cute!! :) Great for little kids, especially little girls who take ballet.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models