Mia and Me

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy series has positive themes, intimidating villains.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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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 & Representations

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
Language
Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written bynychellay July 27, 2014

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... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymnm4242 November 12, 2014

Great show! Don't like the flirting though.

I really really enjoy the show and my 6 year old daughter LOVES it. It is very interesting and beautiful. My only issue with it is the flirting that goes on in... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFuture Mrs. Layton February 8, 2017

SO GOOD

I personally really enjoy the show. I have heard there is 2 versions, and I personally like the full version better (with live action). Really reccomend this fo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBookreaderlover May 2, 2017

Amazingly Detailed Story

I just explained some of the show to one of my friends and i realized how remarkably detailed the show is.Not so detailed that you cant remember all of them but... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MIA AND ME, 12-year-old Mia (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) arrives at boarding school, and 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?

This series 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, Mia and Me 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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how "good" and "bad" are defined in Mia and Me  and in general. 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? 

  • How do the characters in Mia and Me demonstrate compassion and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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