A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids will see some aspects of life in the frontier west depicted.
Characters address conflicts with kindness and honesty. Themes include admitting when you're wrong, asking for forgiveness, and doing the right thing, even when it means you might miss out on something or lose a competition.
Positive Role Models
The girls are a likeable bunch who show inventiveness, respect for differences, and bravery in the face of danger. They always end up doing the right thing and will go to great lengths to help out one another and others in need. Adults are rarely involved when they should be (like when trying to solve a crime), and they sometimes hide the truth or lie for their ultimately worthy goals, though, so parents may want to watch with especially younger kids and discuss these choices as a family. Characters are racially diverse and none are depicted stereotypically.
Violence & Scariness
There are moments of meanness including cheating and insults as well as moments of mild peril such as getting caught in a mudslide, a venomous snakebite, and a menacing horse thief.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales comprise short mini-episodes, music videos, and regular length episodes featuring Pru, Abigail, and Lucky from Spirit Riding Free. In these collections, most of the action and adventures center on the girls getting ready for and attending the Frontier Fillies Summer Jubilee, a summer camp for girls and their horses. As with the original series, there's no substantial confrontation with the actual history of westward settlement, but topics like friendship conflicts, cheating, and doing the right thing, are all great issues for parents and kids to discuss. Some moments of mild peril, including the girls and their horses getting caught in a mudslide, a venomous snakebite, and a horse thief -- but these girls are the familiar heroines from the series and they show the same smarts, integrity, and courage in addressing their challenges.
Is It Any Good?
Though the adventure, courage, and plucky girl charisma that make the original series a success are present here, these collections of episodes and music videos are a a little disorganized. Is Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales a mini season? Are they fun stand-alone side stories and songs? It's hard to tell given that one collection consists of music videos and 6-minute episodes and the other collection features full episodes. Aside from that confusion, the shows and videos are of the same visual and storytelling quality of the original.
The situations of peril and menace are also tamer here, so it's safe to show younger kids this collection, a definitely plus for mixed aged families. The music videos are catchy and won't grate on adults when kids play them over and over. Spirit fans (and their slightly younger siblings) should enjoy this grab bag.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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