Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps

 
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Dancing dynamo has positive messages for young viewers.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The series exposes preschoolers to various forms of dance and music, including ballet, ethnic, and modern styles.

Positive messages

Angelina learns important life lessons in each episode, and the stories promote positive messages about friendship, hard work, problem solving, and cooperation.

Positive role models

All of the adults in Angelina's life set good examples for her. Her teacher is always full of encouragement and respects her students’ different artistic interpretations, and her parents are always there to help her work through tough situations. Angelina herself is a positive female character, working to solve problems and learn new things.

Violence & scariness

One character is pretty clumsy, so there are some slapstick-type physical humor and tumbles, but no injuries.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

There's some Angelina-related merchandise out there that young fans make take a new (or renewed) interest in.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that precocious mouse Angelina often finds herself in situations that will resonate with preschoolers, like wanting to be in the spotlight ... or getting reprimanded by a teacher. As Angelina works out solutions to her problems, she teaches kids important lessons in cooperation, patience, respect, and perseverance. The series also introduces kids to a variety of music and dance styles, and the "squeaky"-clean content makes it a great choice for kids of all ages.

What's the story?

ANGELINA BALLERINA: THE NEXT STEPS chronicles the adventures of aspiring dancer Angelina (voiced by Charlotte Spencer) as she continues her education at a new school in hopes of becoming a ballerina extraordinaire. At Camembert Academy for the Performing Arts, 8-year-old Angelina finds that this new stage of her life is full of stumbling blocks. But with the support of her new friends, the precocious little mouseling turns each challenge into a chance to learn from her mistakes and reflect on the type of person -- er, mouse -- she wants to be.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Existing Angelina fans will pirouette for joy over this new series. Colorful computer animation gives new dimension to the young mouse, doing justice to her larger-than-life personality. The show’s bright hues and modern style will appeal to today’s preschoolers, and the sweet stories -- each infused with essential life lessons for young viewers -- are a seamless continuation of those from the original series.

Angelina’s diverse new group of friends encourages her to step out of her comfort zone in her dance, and while it’s not always easy, she learns a little something about herself and her abilities each time. Kids will walk away from these stories with a positive outlook on trying new things and chasing their dreams, and they’ll acquire some basic tools for coping with troubles. Couple that with the show's strong messages about friendship, perseverance, and self-confidence, and there’s a lot to like about this dynamic dancer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about setting and achieving goals. Kids: What are some of your goals? How do you plan to work toward them? How do you feel when you encounter a setback in your plans?

  • Kids: How does this series compare to the books by Katharine Holabird and the original TV series? What other shows do you like that are based on books?

  • Families can use this show to foster kids' interest in the performing arts. Attend a play or concert in your area, and talk to your kids about it. Did you enjoy the performance? What was your favorite part?

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Parent Written byshstrang98 December 1, 2011
 

New CGI Version Has No Soul

Our little girl loves Angelina. But the outlet here in the states is Sprout and they seem to have taken to only the new sterile-looking CGI version which frankly blows. The old one with the English setting and the water-color looking story book animation looked far better. It may not have the precision of the new CGI version but it has more soul. Also The music on the old one is better too and much more like one would think of when it comes to ballet. I guess DVD's are the only way to give our daughter the old version of AB.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byPink1Kitty1Cat April 6, 2010
 
I HATE IT. THE NEW ANGELINA SUCKS. First of all, happened to the England setting? Where's the Queen? Where's the old-fasnioned stuff? Where's the british speaking style? Using clips from episodes for the theme song? LAZY WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. It's too modern, it's stupid how everyone sounds like Dora: Oh! Let's go and have fun!!! NO. That makes them all sound bootsey! And singing some dumb song every three minutes? Laughing histaricly when nothing even happens? You've changed it into a baby show! FOR BABIES. The real Angelina I know, doesn't go frolicking with with her friends, making up stupid beats as they walk, or sing a merry song! They talk about things that are ACTUALLY HAPPENING. SAY, Ms. Lillie coming over for dinner, or a ballet show coming up. And what's up with Polly? She was like, an infant in the old series! Then, you're just going to make her older, and not make Angelina older? That's kinda scary, don't you think? I mean duhhh. And second off, what's UP with this new setting? Hip hop? Jazz? Instruments? THAT'S NOT BALLET YOU IDIOTS. It's not about a stupid comfort zone and I bet she wouldn't be afraid of dancing any other way than ballet, but learning ballet is her thing! She can't get distracted she poorly drawn charactrs who don't know the slightest clue of dancing!!! I don't know why you even bother calling it angelina ballerina anymore! You should call it, Angelina Everythinga! And third and finally of all, WHY DID YOU PUT ANGELINA IN A NEW AREA. WHY? Everything there is sooo not England style, and defianetly modern. But most importantly, why different characters? WHat happened to her boy, William? Or Henry, the little guy that makes everything possible? Or even the twins, the ones that keep Angelina on track. And OMG, Ms. Lille! WHY, oh WHY would you just scratch her out!? That's the only reason why Angelina even wants to do ballet, why she keeps pushing herself everyday, her pride and joy, to become a great BALLET dancer! Without her, she's nothing! Whoever this over bootsey teacher is, Mrs. Peach, Mimi WHATEVER her dang name is, she is nothing compared to Mrs. Lillie. So overall, this new production is HORRID. Why would some maniac, too lazy to draw so we'll do it in 3D, freaks like yourself, trample over the heart and soul of Angelina Ballerina? Me and ALLL the REAL Angelina Ballerina fans would really appreciate it if you'd suck in your pride, and make like it should be. I am especially furious with the owners of AB, just letting it become a heapping pile filth! DO NOT try to tell me, "Oh well, we need money." or, "Oh well, everything needs a change..." YOU FILTHY FILTHY FILTH! YOU'VE RUINED EVERYTHING!!! I'M BEGINING TO BE HAPPY THAT THE CHANNEL OF PBS KIDS SPROUTS DOESN'T SHOW HERE, CAUSE BASICLLY, I DON'T WANNA SEE IT. Thank you.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySamantha8533 August 11, 2014
 

I don't like it

I put not for kids because my mom hates it and so does my other sister.The songs now are just trash.It's very annoying.For example that episode where angelina had to pick a song for the stupid spring fling and they went with all like what does rap have to do with spring or that episode with the danceathon.I don't see a school having a dance-a-thon in real life.Why are they skinny?!?!and why are they starting to look like actual people.Since when does a mouse have fingers!?!?Bring back the old characters!!!The new ones should die.AJ or whatever his name is must die.He ruins the show.SINCE WHEN IS BALLETHOP A DANCE?This is not a tv show this is trash like barney and sesame street.I put violent because in a couple of episodes they bully polly and everyone else.This show is trash and should be out of existence
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