Mighty Little Bheem: Festival of Colors

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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OK celebration of Holi holiday has some cheeky characters.

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Educational Value

Introduction to the Hindu Holi holiday but lacks dialogue or context to help kids learn much of anything.

Positive Messages

Bheem is curious and encourages exploration, but some of the other characters are a bit mean.

Positive Role Models

Entire cast is Indian, and the story celebrates the Hindu holiday of Holi. Bheem is a good example of curiosity, but his superpowers (and lack of dialogue to explain his superpowers) don't make him relatable to young kids. Also, several of the other characters are purposely naughty and mischievous.

Violence & Scariness

Characters show mild negative feelings towards each other like mistrust and dislike. Squirt guns are used to shoot colorful liquid at each other during the Holi holiday.

Sexy Stuff
Language

There's no dialogue at all in the series, but some cheeky body language includes characters sticking tongues out at each other and shaking their behinds at other characters to taunt them.

Consumerism

Part of the Mighty Little Bheem series. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mighty Little Bheem: Festival of Colors is the Holi-focused edition of the Mighty Little Bheem series, which celebrates Indian culture. Bheem is a curious and adventurous toddler with superpowers, but his superpowers (and lack of any dialogue to explain his superpowers) don't make him relatable to young kids. Also, several of the other characters are purposely naughty and mean. There's no dialogue at all in the series, but there's some cheeky body language, including characters sticking tongues out at each other and shaking their behinds in a taunting fashion. Squirt guns are used to shoot colorful liquid at each other during the Holi holiday. Festival of Colors is an OK first introduction to Holi, but there's minimal learning happening since there's no dialogue to explain what's going on.

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What's the story?

MIGHTY LITTLE BHEEM: FESTIVAL OF COLORS is a three-part series of animated shorts about the Hindu Holi holiday featuring Bheem, the main character from the Mighty Little Bheem series. Each short focuses on a different aspect of Holi, such as the performances that happen the night before, the colorful powder people throw on each other in celebration, and singing and dancing together. Bheem is a curious toddler with superpowers who is always outwitting the older kids and adults around him, and that's no different in these Holi-focused stories. The big kids scheme about how to surprise Bheem with colors -- or how to spray him with smelly water instead of colors -- but he ends up avoiding their elaborate (and slightly mean) plans. At the end of each short, Bheem has a happy Holi celebration with his family.

Is it any good?

Mighty Little Bheem: Festival of Colors is mostly a bunch of missed opportunities. The series is visually beautiful and a lovely celebration of Holi, the Hindu spring festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It's a good introduction to Holi, but since the series doesn't have any dialogue kids are not likely to learn much about the holiday, other than the fact that people shoot colors at each other. There are naughty kids in the stories, but they don't suffer any consequences, because Bheem escapes their plots with his superpowers. Kids will enjoy some of Bheem's silly antics, but the storylines are confusing since there's no dialogue. Festival of Colors could be great with a few small tweaks. In its current version, it's mostly mediocre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why is everyone in Bheem's town throwing colors at each other? What sort of things does your family do to celebrate holidays?

  • Is Bheem like other babies you know? How is he like them? How is he different?

  • Some of Bheem's friends are a little bit mean and naughty. How could they make better choices and be kind to each other?

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 5, 2020
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Kids' Animation
  • Topics: Holidays
  • TV rating: TV-Y
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: December 1, 2020

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