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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
These are folk tales -- everyone isn't always nice to one another, but the wicked, greedy, boorish, or otherwise unpleasant pay or repent in the end.
Violence & Scariness
Mild fairy tale/cartoon violence: guards bopping each other over the head, dragging away princes who fail in their quests.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that these folk tales haven't been sanitized or modernized. If the daughter kills her wicked father in the folk tale, he'll die in a hail of brimstone here, too. And if the story revolved around the importance of salt to meat, this story will as well, with no additional explanation for kids who've never gone without a refrigerator. Many folk tales are violent, and some of these are as well, with brothers hitting brothers and kings threatening death to any who thwart them. But you can rest assured that the wicked will get their comeuppance.
Is It Any Good?
While the quality of the episodes can be erratic, every show is a small glimpse into the history of another culture, and because unfamiliar elements aren't washed away or overly explained, a parent watching with a child will have a lot to talk about. This variety offers something new to kids who are used to joining a familiar narrative every time they turn on the television.
These small tales are challenging and invite more thought and more interaction, but they're often violent and certainly not politically correct. The kings are nearly always kings, the goal is to marry the princess or win the bag of gold, and the servants live belowstairs and the master above. But these are straightforward stories haven't been jazzed up with explosions or clever repartee and fart jokes to grab kids' attention, and yet they still do. That alone makes them worth watching.
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