A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Storylines may help kids learn about cultures different than their own.
Themes vary between individual shorts, but all have a message about being true to yourself and proud of who you are.
Positive Role Models
Diversity across race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and body type. Characters from underrepresented groups are fully realized and given starring roles.
Violence & Scariness
Moderate scariness and suspense in several of the shorts. Let's Be Tigers focuses on the death of a parent (death is not shown on screen). No physical violence, but some mild verbal hostilities and meanness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mentions of dating and crushes, plots don't focus on it.
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Infrequent use of moderate curse words like "crap" and "suck." Some expressions of negative feelings between characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Launchpad is a series of short films that showcase typically underrepresented perspectives and are produced by a diverse group of up-and-coming filmmakers. The content of the films varies from short to short, but most of them have some mature content that makes them unsuitable for young kids. The fantastic Let's Be Tigers includes a frank discussion about a parent dying, several stories feature kids getting teased for not fitting in, and there's a bit of suspense in Last of the Chupacabras and Let's Be Tigers. Overall, these Disney-produced shorts are mostly free from anything iffy (besides an occasional "suck" or "crap" in the language department).
Is It Any Good?
Across the six films in Launchpad's initial cohort, some are just good while others are fantastic. The standouts are the drama Let's Be Tigers and the comedy Growing Fangs. Let's Be Tigers is a beautifully tender film about the bond between a beloved babysitter and her four-year-old charge. Any grown-up who has talked to a child about death (or worries about the inevitable day that question will come) will be moved by the story. Growing Fangs is a superb laugh-out-loud fantasy treatment of the high school experience. The lead character Val has a human dad and a vampire mom, and she's struggling to fit in at her new school for monster kids. Val's awkward but earnest personality, the supernatural setting, and the starring Mexican American family twists the stereotypical teen drama genre into something awesome. The other films are all worth a watch as well, but some suffer from less impressive writing and acting.
It's wonderful to see Disney giving these diverse up-and-coming filmmakers visibility on this large platform, and one hopes they will continue this inclusivity in more of their feature films as well. Kid viewers will delight in either finally seeing main characters that look like them on the screen, or learning something about someone who's a little different from themselves. These films are great family viewing for older kids and their grown-ups.
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.