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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego Elves is an animated series tied to a line of toys by the same name. The toys are marketed to girls, and the resulting series shows it, with a whole lot of pink, purple, and glitter on display. The story centers on the adventures of a human girl, Emily Jones, who travels through a mysterious portal to visit the magical realm of Elvendale to hang out with her four elf friends. Her initial visit is sparked by wearing an amulet passed on by her recently deceased grandmother, a fact that is referred to though not dwelled upon.
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What's the story?
Young Emily Jones has recently lost her grandmother, who bequeaths her an amulet that has strange powers. Wearing the amulet, Emily soon finds herself transported to the magical realm of Elvendale, where she instantly buddies up with four friendly elves, who are each associated with en element (Air, Fire, Water, Earth). The friends grow closer as they help Emily find her way back home, but it's not goodbye forever -- Emily continues to visit her elf pals periodically for more fantastical quests and fun.
Is it any good?
This series is jam-packed with little girl bait -- sparkling rainbow oceans, a flowing-haired Pegasus or three -- and though the plot has a similar amount of depth, there's still something kind of fun about it. The quests Emily and her elf friends go on can be a tad generic, sure, but it's always nice to see a show with a high percentage of female characters, most of whom jump right in on the action and don't need a boy (or boy elf) to lead the way. The girls are depicted as competent and strong. The characters show bravery and compassion, and the elves are always using their special element-based powers to help each other (and Emily) out of various scrapes. Despite the commercial tie-in -- and the likelihood that your child may start begging for the "Naida's Epic Adventure Ship" building set—there are worse messages to expose your kids to.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how watching the series makes you feel about the corresponding Lego toy sets. Does it make you want to purchase more Lego toys so you can re-create these adventures at home? If there were no show, would the toys have the same appeal?
Why is it fun to watch stories about people from our world going on adventures in fantasy worlds? How would you react if the same thing happened to you?
How does spending time in Elvendale help Emily Jones deal with her grief? What are some real-world ways people try to heal when they're feeling sad?
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