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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Missy Mila Twisted Tales is a French animated series featuring a little girl who tells fairy tales to the audience. Based on a line of storybooks, the show features Mila telling updated versions of fairytales (both classic and obscure) from all around the world. Mila is an involved narrator who often interjects to ask the audience questions or to offer commentary about what they're seeing onscreen. These old-school morality tales often feature nefarious types like ghosts and pirates, and as such weapons like swords and knives may sometimes be seen (but are not used or flaunted).
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What's the story?
MISSY MILA TWISTED TALES is a series of short, colorful cartoons starring energetic Mila, an 8-year old who loves to tell stories. She narrates tales of adventure -- everything from ghost stories to samurai legends to princess parables -- and talks directly to the audience, posing questions and cracking jokes as a way to draw them in and get them to participate. The stories hail from all over the globe, but the moral lessons imparted are universal and easy to absorb.
Is it any good?
The animation lacks polish, but the chirpy narrator and her folksy storylines full of magical beings and vibrant lands should be enough to keep younger kids entertained, especially considering their short run time. Missy Mila Twisted Tales does a fun job putting its own spin on fables like the Three Little Pigs -- this time it's not a wolf who huffs and puffs their houses down, it's a brutish bull in a leather jacket. Some tales will be familiar to US kiddos, others less so ("Chantal and Noemi", for instance, tells the story of an injured girl and a cicada who become besties), but they all convey good moral lessons about topics like sharing, bravery, and true friendship.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which of the stories from Missy Mila Twisted Tales they already knew, and which were new to them. Some of the tales are specific to other countries, like the tale of Babayaga, which hails from Russia. Were you able to tell what part of the world each story hails from? What kind of clues helped you?
Mila has fun giving her own interpretation of various fairytales, giving the audience her opinion and ideas about what's doing on on the story. Try using her as inspiration to do the same thing at home with your family, playing the narrator role and using any book of stories you might have on hand.
- Premiere date: December 25, 2005
- Cast: Stephen Bent, Candida Gubbins, Nick Haverson
- Network: YouTube
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Book Characters, Fairy Tales, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Pirates
- TV rating: NR
- Available on: Streaming
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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