Angelina Ballerina

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
A little mouse dreams big -- OK for all ages.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 14 reviews

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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 & Representations

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
Sexy Stuff

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byChristi B January 5, 2017

Amazing Values, Relationship Complexities

This is the best show we have found for our now 3 year old boy. He loves music and dance, and this show is extremely thoughtful and technically accurate in desc... Continue reading
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.
Kid, 7 years old December 9, 2017

please come back

angelina please come back now please please come back to pbs kids and the usa
Teen, 16 years old Written byizzylovescats May 19, 2015

A great show for children!

I grew up with the old Angelina Ballerina show, and have also watched this one with my younger cousin. Many fans of the old show don't like this newer vers... Continue reading

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?

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 in Angelina Ballerina 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.

Talk to your kids 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 Ballerina make you want to learn to dance? What are some of the benefits of dance?

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