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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.
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What's the story?
In MIGHTY LITTLE BHEEM, a young toddler with boundless curiosity and superhuman strength finds adventures in and around his home. Whether it's a bee who entices him with honey to follow her or a flower tossed around on the wind that he's determined to catch, there's always something new to capture Bheem's attention and prompt his wanderings. Along the way, he gets into and out of trouble by way of his physical might.
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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Families can talk about what aspects of Bheem's lifestyle are similar to -- and different from -- their own. What kinds of things does Bheem play with in Mighty Little Bheem? Where does he sleep? Does he have boundaries limiting where he can go alone?
Where does Bheem's curiosity lead him? Why is it a good thing to be curious about the world around you? How can you explore with safety in mind?
How do the characters communicate in place of words? How can you tell by looking at a character how he or she feels? Can you pick up on the same kinds of physical cues in person?
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