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Dance & Sing with True

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Lively music videos reflect parent show's positive themes.

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Educational Value

These shorts intend to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

Although they're not fully developed episodic stories, the song lyrics help kids easily piece together the basics of what is happening onscreen. Characters show kindness, helpfulness, teamwork, and compassion in small but clear ways, and song lyrics reinforce themes of friendship, individuality, and respect. Some body-related humor like burping and general body odor shown as yellow clouds surrounding the offending character. Songs often reflect the characters' emotions, including joy, excitement, and occasionally (in Glummy's case) gloominess, and friendship and kindness always have a positive influence on them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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, and resourceful, as when they help improve Glummy's mood or when they team up to build a race car.

 

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These music videos double as very effective advertising for their parent series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dance & Sing with True is comprised 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.

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What's the story?

DANCE & SING WITH TRUE is a compilation of short music videos featuring songs from True and the Rainbow Kingdom as well as some original music. There is no dialogue or plot development, but viewers can piece together the basics of the characters' situations and intentions with the song lyrics and the onscreen action set in the colorful and inviting world of Rainbow Kingdom. As True (voiced by Michela Luci) and the other whimsical residents of Rainbow Kingdom sing together, they also demonstrate friendship, empathy, and helpfulness to each other.

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' action 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the songs in Dance & Sing with True make them feel. Can you tell by the music whether it's a happy or a gloomy song? How do different musical styles influence your emotions?

  • Kids: In what ways are you able to identify friendly relationships among the characters? How do their actions demonstrate their care for each other even without words to help? What other positive behavior like compassion and kindness do you see at play?

  • Kids: Does this musical series inspire you to want to watch True and the Rainbow Kingdom? Who are some of your favorite TV characters? How does your family manage screen time? Why is it important to have screen-free hobbies?

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