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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but its setting in India exposes kids to elements of the lifestyle and culture there through the characters' clothing, music, modes of transportation, and celebrations.
Kids see Bheem's curiosity inspire his adventures, which are both fun and funny at times. Because he's super strong, he's mostly unsusceptible to dangers that other small toddlers would face in his place, giving him a sense of security that will be unfamiliar to young viewers. The characters communicate through sounds and expressions in this dialogue-free series.
Positive Role Models
Bheem sees the world as his playground and eagerly experiences all that it has to offer, and he's mostly unaware that his physical strength can hurt others. His family is often absent from the show or only moderately involved in his wanderings.
Violence & Scariness
Bheem's adventures involve some mild dangers, as when he's chased by a growling lion who pictures him as a tasty meal, but he never exhibits fear or worry as a result. In one case a playmate exacts revenge on Bheem by tricking him into eating a dangerously hot pepper. More often the stories show him causing mishaps for others with his superhuman strength, like lifting and then dropping them or smacking them and sending them flying across the room.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mighty Little Bheem is Netflix's first animated series from India and centers on a toddler version of the mythological-inspired character from a popular Indian series called Chhota Bheem. The fact that Bheem's superhuman strength allows him to lift massive animals and scale tall trees may confuse some kids, and the absence of any dialogue in the show adds to the mystique. Bheem is mostly impervious to danger of any kind, whether it is native wildlife like lions who see him as a meal or the antics of a bigger, older playmate. This show's setting in India encourages awareness of different cultures and lifestyles.
Is It Any Good?
What Bheem's escapades lack in substance, they more than make up for in visual appeal and general entertainment value. This series is lovely to watch with its vibrant CGI, precocious young star, and expressive character interactions that result from the show's lack of dialogue. Its setting in India exposes viewers to features of the culture, including manners of dress, traditional celebrations, music, and modes of transportation, expanding youngsters' multicultural awareness. Mighty Little Bheem is easy on the eyes and filled with entertainment that's gentle if confusing at times, given what Bheem's physical abilities allow him to do.
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