Mia and Me

Common Sense Media says

Fantasy series has positive themes, intimidating villains.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive messages

Good forces battle evil for the protection of their home, and it's easy to differentiate between the two sides. Panthea's people deal in threats and trickery to achieve their goals, but Mia and her elven friends demonstrate the benefits of teamwork, kindness, and compassion to further their cause. 

Positive role models

All of the elves have unique qualities that complement those of their friends and make them a good team. Mia is devoted to the cause of saving Centopia, Yuko's courage proves invaluable, and Mo makes thoughtful decisions that often tip the scales in their favor. The opposite is true of Panthea and her forces, who fall victim to selfishness and competition among themselves.  

Violence & scariness

Elves face off with the villain's minions using magical matter that shrinks them on contact. Mia has slightly more powerful magic that causes targets to transform into tiny colorful pieces, which implies (in a gentle way) that they've exploded and are gone for good. Queen Panthea has evil designs on the island's unicorns, whose horns hold magic she needs to stay young, so her armies capture them for her.  

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Toys, books, games, and other merchandise inspired by the show and its characters are on the market. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mia and Me is a fantasy series about a girl who uses a mysterious game to travel to a land of dragons, unicorns, and magic. The show incorporates both live-action sequences and CGI animation to further define the differences between the real world and the fantasy one, in which Mia takes on the form of an elf. The content is worry-free for most kids, although some very young or sensitive kids may find the evil queen and her armies a little threatening and fear for the serene unicorns they hunt down and capture. On the other hand, Mia and her elven friends set great examples of friendship, kindness, and problem-solving skills. 

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What's the story?

When 12-year-old Mia (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) arrives at boarding school, she can't imagine the adventure that awaits her as she opens a mysterious book about a magical land called Centopia. But with the glow of an accompanying bracelet and a special spoken password, Mia is transported to Centopia, takes on the form of an elf, meets new elven friends like Yuko (Tajja Isen) and Mo (Andrew Craig), and discovers that she can communicate with the resident unicorns. Suddenly she's thrust into the power struggle between the peace-loving elves and the evil Queen Panthea (Elizabeth Hanna) and her armies, who kidnap the unicorns for their horns' magic and disrupt the balance that keeps Centopia's living things thriving.

Is it any good?

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MIA AND ME has won over fans worldwide with its unique blend of live-action and CGI animation that helps sell its sense of fantasy. It's not hard to believe in magic when you're watching it happen right before your eyes as Mia sails off for Centopia and becomes an elf in the process. For kids, this is sure to appeal to their sense of adventure, and Mia's supporting cast of vibrant mythical creatures and the show's pleasant messages about compassion and friendship won't miss their marks.

But there are some darker themes at play here, too, and they might be a concern for sensitive kids who watch. Queen Panthea is no lightweight; she's on a mission of self-preservation that threatens all of Centopia but poses the greatest danger to the unicorns, who are bound to be among kids' favorite characters. She and her sidekick, the cruel Gargona (Norma Dell'Agnese), wage all-out war on everything peaceful and beautiful in this happy land, and while their efforts usually are thwarted, the intensity with which they plot and scheme is an element to consider in this otherwise enjoyable show. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how "good" and "bad" are defined, and by whom. Is it possible for something you think is wrong to be OK by another person's perspective? In contrast, what kinds of rules of behavior are absolute? 

  • Kids: Did you find any of the characters in this show scary? How does the show's animation style help lessen the impact of worrisome scenes? Would the effect have been more or less intense if the show had been done in live action rather than in animation? 

  • Mia has to learn a lot of new things as she adjusts to being an elf. Do you ever get frustrated by new challenges? What can you learn from the times that you fail? 

TV details

Cast:Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Andrew Craig, Tajja Isen
Networks:Nick Jr., Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written bynychellay July 27, 2014
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Too scary for my kids

I think if your little ones are used to witches and scary looking creatures, go for it. Our four year old likes the show. But I don't understand why it is on nick jr. It should be on regular nick, its just not appropriate for small babies, never,ind the fact that it has no educational value whatsoever! No sharing is caring message, nothing! They shouldn't have put it on, my two year old has nightmares now, so we will be sticking with veggie tales, dora, leap frog, magic school bus, etc.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski May 21, 2014
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Mia

I love that name Mia. And I also love M.I.A.
Parent Written bym3rover October 23, 2014
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A Fantasy Delight

this program, or at least the edited version shown on Nick Jr. (The real world part of the show has been removed from the Nick Jr. Version so my review is based on the fantasy part only), is about a girl who travels from the real world to a fantasy world (based on the artworks of Klimt) with a mystery to solve. The show has a good deal of teamwork, friendship, sacrifice, and compassion examples. There are also social conflicts which are usually solved with one of those qualities. Overall I'd say the cartoon portion of the show is quite nice and should satisfy any child interested in unicorns or fairies. There are bad guys in the cartoon portion, and I'd imagine in the live portions as well, but they are usually defeated with music or a water spray the shrinks them to a small body with a big head (quite comical). I could see that my 3yo was nervous at first with the bad guys but quickly adapted when she saw them easily defeated by the good elves and unicorns. Overall I'd say it's a pretty good show and not terribly annoying to adults like most cartoons. The characters voice acting is nice and calm, not yelling all the time like most "education shows" such as Peg Cat and Little Einsteins... Why are they always yelling?
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