Magic Cellar

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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age 6+

Folktales come alive in engaging African series.

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I was MAD

No problem with other episodes as I was trying on this new show for size with my six year old son. Also I understand the concept of existing folktales revamped Though I found no actual folktale based on the episode "The Devil's Trick?? And African people smoke natural tabaccos throughout history commonly? The episode portrayed a man being tricked by the Devil to smoke and then becoming ill and reduced to smoke/ashes (don't know exactly visually how to describe, read about the conclusion as I changed the channel due to my outrage) My husband and I have both sucessfully quite smoking and we have discussed the issue with our son. The real consequences of smoking are lung cancer, other diseases and unhealthy environment BUT that has nothing to do with religion or the Devil himself! This connects morality with the choice to smoke and is unfair to parents who do smoke and /or are not religious or express their faith in different ways. BAD CHOICE!
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African tales? Awesome! Animation? Awful!

I love ancient stories, and stories from other cultures are no exception. African stories, i've found, are generally kinder towards women than other cultures, so i'm all for these stories. But the animation makes me want to vomit, and the voice-acting makes my head explode. Seriously, i think only dogs can hear Pula's voice. But who knows? Maybe it'll take off and they'll get some funding for an actual animation studio and some real voice actors!

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