Regal Academy

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mixed messages emerge in fairy tale-inspired series.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Rose is thrilled about this new adventurous turn to her life, but it comes at a price -- she must keep it a secret from her family. (This isn't only implied; it's mandated by Cinderella.) A rival student pulls some mean-girl stunts such as sabotaging a class project for Rose and her friends. Stereotypical teen girl behavior such as going giddy over shoes, but also shows very different people becoming friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rose is eager and enthusiastic, and most of her new friends and the instructors are happy to mentor her as she finds her way at the academy. Others are less helpful, doing their best to trip up the newcomer and her peers.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Teen girls wear short, tight clothing that shows off their lanky frames. Some swoon in the company of handsome boys.

Language
Consumerism

The show features characters from classic fairy tales such as Snow White, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and so on.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Regal Academy is a fairy tale mash-up that casts aged versions of characters from the Cinderella and Snow White era as teachers in a school that educates their grandchildren's generation. The teen characters' experiences range from the mundane (dealing with mean classmates) to the magical (learning to ride dragons!), but there's always a fun angle only Fairy Tale Land could inspire. Kids familiar with tales such as The Princess and the Frog and Tangled will like seeing this version of the characters' descendants, but parents might not love that the animated characters (especially the girls) are drawn to impossible body standards and dress to show off that fact. There are some decent messages about friendship and relating to people who are very different from you.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySarah S. August 20, 2016

Regal Academy is like no other girls' show

I saw this show appear during the 8 A.M slot on Nickelodeon, and my daughters were immediately drawn to the television. Upon watching it, Regal Academy dives d... Continue reading
Adult Written byAri R. January 10, 2018

Animation style is distracting

My daughter was a little frightened of the awkward 3D/2D animation mashup that Regal Academy uses. If you can get past that, the show seems OK, but there are so... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 29, 2016
Teen, 17 years old Written byKiwiJoyRED July 7, 2018

A MAD SISTA

The movie was BEYOND cringey, annoying, disappointing and disapproving! I told my sister to turn off this TRASH right away but she didn't understand anythi... Continue reading

What's the story?

Rose (voiced by Jessica Paquet) is excited about her first day of school, but she has no idea what adventures really await her until she finds a magic key that unlocks a door to Regal Academy. Set in Fairy Tale Land and run by Cinderella (Rathryn Cahill) and her fairy tale compatriots, Regal Academy is the training ground for the next generation of legendary characters. Now reunited with her long-lost grandmother, Rose Cinderella befriends Astoria Rapunzel (Erica Schroeder), Joy Le Frog (Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld), Travis Beast (Henry F. Benjamin), and Hawk Snow White (Billy Bob Thompson). Together these five will learn everything they need to know to carry on their families' legacies in a world where magic comes to life.

Is it any good?

This fairy tale reimagining lacks originality and has some iffy themes, but the youthfulness of the cast may draw young fans regardless. With the likes of Descendants and Ever After High already out there, REGAL ACADEMY feels like it's playing catch-up, and it's not a visual stunner like many of today's CGI shows. It also falls into the somewhat familiar trap of questionable body images with slim-waisted, short-skirted, doll-like girls accounting for much of the cast, and it's troubling that Cinderella specifically asks Rose to keep her whereabouts secret from her mother.

On the upside, Rose's enthusiasm for adventure and new experiences is admirable, and every time she makes a mistake (which happens a lot), she's inspired to try harder to get it right. Despite being a newcomer to Fairy Tale Land, she adapts quickly and wins over doubters with her bubbly personality, which also helps her shrug off peers who don’t want to give her a chance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how it feels to be a newcomer to a group or situation. How do you strike up conversations with people you don't know? What rewards can come from taking on new challenges?

  • Why must Rose keep her fairy tale secret from her mom? Conversely, why is open communication with your parents important?

  • Once she arrives at Regal Academy, Rose feels certain she understands her destiny. What do your kids see for their own futures? What kind of special training will it require?

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