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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali is a collection of wordless animated shorts that follow Little Bheem from the Mighty Little Bheem series as his family and friends prepare for and celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Set in an Indian village, this show encourages awareness of different cultures. Kids will see elements of the holiday portrayed, including housecleaning, the creation of colorful sand paintings on the ground, visiting a temple, fireworks, and sweets. The portrayal of the myth at the heart of Diwali, which features the monkey king Hanuman defeating the 20-headed demon king, Ravana, will be recognizable by children who are familiar with Diwali, but it's too brief to impart any lasting knowledge about the holiday's origins to those who are not. Bheem's superhuman strength allows him to stop giant rolling boulders with a touch of his hand, so Bheem doesn't express fear or worry, but young viewers might.
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What's the story?
In MIGHTY LITTLE BHEEM: DIWALI, Little Bheem takes viewers along with his family as they celebrate the Indian festival of lights, Diwali. He tries to "help" his family clean and decorate their home for Diwali, but he mostly interferes, loosens a massive boulder from a mountain by ringing the temple bells, but then stops it from destroying the temple, and helps foil a crime, after leading the thief to the treasure. All of these shorts underscore the point of Diwali: the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
Is it any good?
While this show may lack power when it comes to educating young children about Diwali's details, it's definitely engaging, with lots of visual appeal. The CGI animation is lovely, with vivid colors and well-paced action, and the lack of dialogue is hardly missed given the thoughtful facial expressions and clear body language characters exhibit. Its setting in India exposes viewers to features of the culture, including manners of dress, foods, and music, expanding youngsters' multicultural awareness. While some parts might be confusing or go over young kids' heads, Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali is soothing, tame entertainment for little viewers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Indian holiday Diwali that is portrayed in Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali. In what ways does Bheem's family celebrate Diwali? What do you think this holiday might be celebrating? What holidays does your family celebrate in the fall?
Where does Bheem's curiosity lead him? Why is it good 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 they feel? Can you pick up on the same kinds of physical cues in person?
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