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Story highlights the power of imagination and creative thinking to solve problems. It contains explicit lessons such as "don't give up, get creative," which exemplifies the power of igniting hope and not conceding. Characters are encouraged to try new things and experiment. It rewards perseverance and training. However, some of the positive effects may be undercut by an overly complex plot.
Positive Role Models
Main character showcases character growth, learning to make good choices in difficult situations. While not always confident, characters find strength and bravery in helping out their friends. There are examples of support and encouragement between brother and sister, as well as quick thinking under pressure, with characters learning to manage and control emotions in stressful situations. Story emphasizes the use of imagination and creative thinking to problem-solve. At times, the characters break rules and leave the house in the middle of the night. Parents are rarely seen or consulted.
Violence & Scariness
Several scenes of physical confrontation using weapons like guns and swords in a fantastical realm. No blood or gore is shown -- characters disintegrate when hit. Monsters and villainous creatures chase lead characters in their dreams and take kids hostage, which affects their real-life health. Some suspenseful scenes may be triggering for sensitive kids who fear that it could happen in real life. Mild bullying and competition between characters in school.
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Mild belittling between villains and their minions. At school, bullies call characters insults and put-downs such as "suckers."
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Products & Purchases
No explicit advertising, but content promotes the Lego brand through implicit brand marketing. There is also some product placement, as many settings and characters are available for purchase as Lego sets and toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego Dreamzz is a series that emphasizes the power of imagination and creative thinking in problem-solving. The story follows characters as they try to protect the world of dreams from being taken over by nightmares. Main characters demonstrate perseverance as they find their bravery and become heroes. Dark visuals and tense music heighten suspense in the fantastical realm of dreams, where villains operate with their monstrous minions in chases and battles against the main characters. While this occurs in their sleep, it often carries consequences to their real lives, which might be triggering for children who are sensitive to media and fear the situation may happen in their lives as well. There is some belittling among villains and mild bullying through name calling like "sucker." While some plot complexity may undercut the main message, that is a positive one about using the power of imagination to dream up a better world.
Is It Any Good?
A slow-build, the series can offer an engaging story if you watch a few episodes. While the narrative of Lego DREAMzzz is linear, the characters don't understand what's going on from the start -- and neither does the viewer. This deep serialization may be problematic for younger kids to grasp the plot until they've seen a couple of episodes, possibly requiring adult guidance to connect sub-plots. If this barrier is overcome, kids can benefit from a show that highlights the power of friendship and imagination in building self-confidence and thinking outside the box. Best consumed as a weekend family binge, Lego DREAMzzz offers many discussion points, but the violence and suspense related to nightmares may be too triggering for younger kids.
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