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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
These shorts intend to entertain rather than to educate.
Although they're not fully developed episodic stories, the song lyrics help kids easily piece together basics of what is happening on-screen. Characters show kindness, helpfulness, teamwork, compassion in small but clear ways, and song lyrics reinforce themes of friendship, individuality, respect. Some body-related humor like burping and general body odor (yellow clouds surrounding the offending character). Songs often reflect characters' emotions, including joy, excitement, occasionally (in Glummy's case) gloominess, and friendship and kindness always have a positive influence.
Positive Role Models
Without story development to follow, it is more difficult to discern examples of positive character behavior. That said, there are moments that show the Rainbow Kingdom residents being kind, helpful, resourceful, as when they help improve Glummy's mood or when they team up to build a race car.
Products & Purchases
These music videos double as very effective advertising for their parent series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dance & Sing with True is composed of video shorts that pair songs and scenes from True and the Rainbow Kingdom. Most of the songs are featured in the series, but some are new or extended versions of familiar ones. They are engaging, easy to sing along with, and reflective of the show's emphasis on compassion, empathy, and embracing individuality. If this is your kids' first exposure to True and her friends, know that it's an effective advertising tool for the darling series and its whimsical, colorful characters.
Is It Any Good?
True and the Rainbow Kingdom fans will enjoy this musical recap of some of the vibrant show's highlights (with a few new tunes mixed in). For viewers who are new to the characters, it's a fun introduction to the sights and sounds of the delightful place that Rainbow Kingdom is. The music is engaging and relevant to kids' experiences, emphasizing acts of kindness and friendship that occur in the clips. What's more, it's a lot of fun to listen to and not nearly as wearisome as some kids' tunes can be for parents.
Even with no story to follow in the traditional sense, kids will have an easy time understanding how the lyrics match the characters' actions in Dance & Sing with True. That said, the shorts' promotional impact can't be avoided, as they're a very effective advertisement for the parent series.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.