Parents' Guide to

City of Ghosts

By Amanda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Cute animated docuseries teaches the history of Los Angeles.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

This is a rare show that entertains my kids and delights me

This show is unlike any I've ever seen. The stories are odd and are hard to explain but are very entertaining and captivating. The animation is really unusual but beautiful.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 4+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
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Elizabeth Ito uses the same combination of friendly-looking animated characters and realistic dialogue as seen in her 2015 short, Welcome To My Life. In City of Ghosts, the children of the Ghost Club do interviews podcast-style, recording their guests with a toy tape recorder. Behind the cute and occasionally colorful ghosts are the voices of real LA residents sharing the history of their communities. The voice acting is unpolished and often sounds improvised, which gives the series its charm. It's exactly how you would imagine a child interviewing a ghost would sound.

The series makes an excellent watch for the whole family. Younger children may find the mischievous ghosts exciting (although they might get the wrong idea about how to voice disappointment when seeing some ghosts trash restaurants when they are upset.) Older children and even parents may enjoy learning more about the neighborhoods and monuments of Los Angeles. But the crowning jewel of this series is its diverse representation. The members of the Ghost Club are several children of color, and the ghosts they interview often speak to the positive cultural influence many neighborhoods of color have had on Los Angeles.

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