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By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Short films celebrate diverse stories; some mature content.

TV Disney+ Drama 2021
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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.

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