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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Disco is a partially animated Amazon special featuring the collectible fashion dolls and accessories from the L.O.L. (Lil' Outrageous Littles) Surprise! toy franchise. Viewers need to be able to read to follow the story. Some of the song and dance performances by the live actors showcase glittery glam costumes and hip hop lyrics that may not feel age-appropriate for very young children. While the dolls and accessories aren’t revealed by unboxing as they are in the L.O.L. Surprise! YouTube videos, the overall event is an obvious promotional vehicle designed to drive sales of merchandise.
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What's the story?
L.O.L SURPRISE! WINTER DISCO features the antics of a group of dolls known as “B.B.s,” and their efforts to save the biggest party of the season. To entertain the younger Mykal-Michelle Harris when they are stuck inside without power or internet, Tahani Anderson shares a story about B.B. Midnight, who wants to sabotage this year’s Winter Disco after not being invited to perform. It’s up to the rest of the B.B.s to figure out how to save the event, which is promised to be the coolest party ever.
Is it any good?
The colorful streaming event offers a lighthearted story featuring all the characters and accessories the franchise has to offer. The L.O.L. Surprise! universe, which is a spinoff of the popular YouTube series titled Unboxed! L.O.L. Surprise! , is colorfully animated, and the conversations between the B.B. dolls are presented as text messages (with subtitles to translate the emojis), which makes it difficult for young non-readers to follow. Meanwhile, the song and dance numbers performed by Tahani Anderson and Mykal-Michelle Harris are fun, but their glam outfits and hip hop songs sometimes have a slight edge to them. No doubt that young B.B. fans will want to tune in, but L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Disco is best for a slightly older set.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Disco promotes toys. How do they use the story to advertise dolls and accessories?
Do you think children who watch TV shows and movies featuring popular toys and game understand that they are essentially commercials intended to drive sales? What kind of potential impact can this advertising having on them?
What is the fascination with the L.O.L. Surprise! dolls? What are some of the controversies surrounding them?
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