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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.
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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?
- Premiere date: May 3, 2014
- Cast: Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Andrew Craig, Tajja Isen
- Networks: Nick Jr., Nickelodeon
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship
- Character strengths: Compassion, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Last updated: August 4, 2020
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