A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen girls wear short, tight clothing that shows off their lanky frames. Some swoon in the company of handsome boys.
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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.
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.
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