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Rainbow Brite

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

'80s cartoon revival has excellent messages and role model.

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The timing of this revival series is perfect, given that kids who enjoyed the character's first animated go-round in the '80s are all grown up and have tots of their own now. The new Rainbow Brite has all of Rainbow's original charm, plus the benefit of modern animation that accentuates the vibrant setting of Rainbowland. She also has a number of vintage touches: the magical color belt, of course, and even the occasional '80s exclamation such as "Rad!" as well as some more modern qualities (the Color Kids' high-tech control center that monitors Earth's light supply).

As for those grown-ups now viewing cartoons through more discerning parents' eyes, there's plenty to like about what Rainbow Brite has to teach kids about friendship, kindness, and standing up for what's right. Much care is taken in showing Rainbow inspire the best in Brian and Stormy by relating to them in compassionate ways, and these and other excellent messages are impossible for kids to miss. If you're looking for something new that you and your kids can watch together, then Rainbow Brite is worth your time. This reincarnation does a great job bringing a beloved character into a fresh, appealing light for a new generation of viewers.

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