A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive behavior modeling, but content is mostly all about fun.
Enthusiasm about hearing stories and positive behavior (supporting friends, knowing it's OK to make mistakes), but preschoolers are likely to miss subtle lessons.
Positive Role Models
Characters are kind and show vulnerability; they act more like real kids than perfect TV characters. Positive representation with several Mexican characters in starring roles.
Violence & Scariness
Mild suspense and scariness but all fairytales are made less scary for a preschool audience. All the characters are monsters, but they are all cute and friendly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Once Upon a Rhyme is a fairytale-focused special of the Super Monsters series. The episode has cute and clever spins on fairytales like "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and nursery rhymes like "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." There's mild suspense in a few of the stories, but traditionally scary tales like "Hansel and Gretel" and "Little Red Riding Hood" have been rewritten to be preschooler appropriate. All the characters are monsters, but they're cute and friendly. Preschoolers will enjoy these colorful tales with upbeat music, even if they're not familiar with the Super Monsters series.
Is It Any Good?
This fairytale-themed special is a delightful episode of Super Monsters; grown-ups will appreciate the clever retelling of classic tales, and kids will enjoy seeing their Super Monster pals getting to appear as different characters. The music is fun and upbeat, and in typical Super Monsters style, the visuals are wonderfully detailed and colorful. This special is less effective at imparting social-emotional lessons than other Super Monster episodes and mostly plays the "moral of the story" concept for laughs. Overall though, it's a lot of fun and a great way to introduce young kids to fairytales without all the scary bits.
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