Parents' Guide to

Little Ellen

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Charming, colorful series teaches resilience, teamwork.

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This bright, colorful, and warm series doesn't have much to do with the real Ellen, but that's OK -- kids don't need to know anything about the comic to enjoy these charming adventures. Visually, it's a delight to look at, with retro handpainted-style backgrounds of New Orleans' highlights. Ellen and her friends are funny (of course), kind, and sometimes frustrated by challenges; the show frequently finds them learning ways to adjust expectations and be resillient in the face of change. For example, a visit to a local festival doesn't go as planned; there are no blueberry beignets left, and they fail at dunking local musician Funky Chunk in his dunk tank (yes, it's Funky Chunk's Dunk Tank).

These lessons may seem small, but they're super valuable to the intended audience -- as Gramsy (the lovely, lively June Squibb) says, "Sometimes plans change, and that's OK." Ellen herself learns a powerful lesson when she can't cheer up her cat Charlie despite many efforts. She ultimately figures out that "being sad with someone you love is the happiest way to be sad." Excellent writing includes lots of fun wordplay that makes the series feel lived in and the relationships strong -- however you feel about the real Ellen, Little Ellen is a charmer.

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