A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While not educational per se, it offers clear lessons about the importance of accepting oneself for who one is, and being happy about it.
It highlights the value of being different from others, friendship, and working together. It also underscores the importance of being open-minded when thinking about making changes to the way we do things.
Positive Role Models
Blizz means well, but doesn't always go about things in the most ideal way. Candy and his friends are very loyal. One cast member attempts to force change in a negative way, but is sorry about it later. Santa isn't always open-minded about change, either. They all learn to do better in the end.
They're animated, but some of the human children represent diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. The voice cast is diverse, with Latino, Black, Asian, and White actors representing.
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Violence & Scariness
A snow globe is stolen by a dark and mysterious being. Characters crash in and out of windows, fall from a sonic sleigh, etc. but no one gets hurt. Most of this is humorous in nature.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Theo has an innocent crush on a classmate named Isla.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reindeer in Here is an adaptation of a popular children's book of the same name. It's a family-friendly Christmas special featuring a young reindeer and his friends. It features positive messages like the importance of self-acceptance, friendship, and doing the right thing. The importance of being open-minded and accepting change is also a big theme. There's some mild fantasy violence (jumping out of windows, crashing into things), but no one gets hurt, and most of it is designed to be comical.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining Christmas book adaptation features an all-star cast of voices that help tell a story about self-acceptance, friendship, and understanding the need for change. Kids will find the colorful animation and traditional holiday narrative compelling. But Reindeer in Here also feels quite contemporary, thanks to some action-heavy moments, nods to technological innovation, and subtle, but well-written humor that will remind older viewers of some real life events. Overall, it's fun and festive, and an solid viewing option for the whole family.
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