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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nella the Princess Knight centers on a young princess who's also a knight in actual shining armor. She starts each story as a traditional princess engaged in royal activities but transforms when she or her friends encounter a problem that needs solving. The message in just this quality alone is great for kids, reminding them that we're not defined by how we look but by what we believe we can do. As such, Nella is an excellent role model for young girls in particular, though the show has broad appeal for youngsters in general and balances the gender scale with an equally admirable boy character in Sir Garrett. These worry-free stories are imaginative and engaging with music, magic, and just the right amount of silliness.
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What's the story?
Nella (voiced by Akira Golz) is a gregarious 8-year-old princess with the ability to transform into a knight when duty calls and a challenge is before her. With a twirl, a rhyme, and a toss of her tiara, Princess Nella becomes NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT, fierce of spirit and confident of success during even the most difficult task. With her trusty unicorn, Trinket (Samantha Hahn), and her best friend, Sir Garrett (Micah Gursoy), Nella sets off on one quest after another to solve the problems that arise in her kingdom.
Is it any good?
The fact that Nella can't be typecast is her greatest strength, reminding kids that their potential knows no bounds. She's graceful, gentle, and thoughtful in her princess persona, plus determined and brave as a knight. These qualities create a heroine kids can be proud to admire.
Of course that alone won't sell kids on this show. Fortunately Nella the Princess Knight is a lot of fun, filled with funny moments and messy encounters in a place where berry bushes can pelt people with their fruits and volcanoes spew sudsy concoctions. The different personalities among the characters are another gem, especially in the case of the fashionable Trinket and lovably fretful Clod (Matt Gumley), Sir Garrett's trusty steed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a character a role model. Must a person always act perfectly to be someone to admire, or can adversity bring out the best in him or her? What makes Nella the Princess Knight a good role model? What characters on other shows do you especially like?
Is courage always easy to come by? What kinds of situations challenge you to be brave? How does having other people around help in those cases?
What would it be like to live in Nella's world with castles, magical creatures, and unpredictable features such as waterfalls that spray you with water? Do you like to imagine the world differently from how it is?
- Premiere date: February 6, 2017
- Cast: Akira Golz, Samantha Hahn, Micah Gursoy
- Network: Nickelodeon
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Character strengths: Courage
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: December 8, 2020
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