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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series features popular children's stories that kids may be familiar with, many of which teach important lessons. It can also serve as an intro to these timeless tales.
The stories contain positive messages about many things, including family, friendship, courage, coping with difficult situations, etc.
Positive Role Models
The characters featured in these stories are positive ones, and when they make mistakes they learn from them. Human characters are Caucasian and heteronormative.
Violence & Scariness
Peter Rabbit gets yelled at and chased in some harrowing moments, but there's nothing particularly violent.
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Products & Purchases
Each installment is based on a popular children's book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that HBO Storybook Musicals is a classic series of animated children's books that feature singing performances. There's nothing iffy to worry about here, but some kids may find the series a little slow when compared to more contemporary, action-packed animated shows. Families may want to read the featured books together before watching so kids can follow along while the story unfolds.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet classic collection of animated popular kid's books from different periods of the 20th century offers lots of storytelling entertainment. The narrations and the visuals of each story stay true to the published book. But the songs, which were written specifically for the televised musicals, add some gentle flair to the overall presentation.
HBO Storybook Musicals appears a bit antiquated when compared to contemporary kid's cartoons. Meanwhile, chances are that parents and grandparents will be the ones to recognize the voice talent, which includes Carol Burnett, Tony Randall, Jason Biggs, and Jonathan Pryce. But young children who love reading, or who are familiar with these stories, will have fun following along. The series is also a great way to introduce these classic stories to new young fans.
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