Teenage Fairytale Dropouts

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Appealing cartoon has positive messages about self-image.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it includes some good messages about self-esteem. The characters' relationships to a variety of iconic tales put a new spin on the telling of their stories. 

Positive Messages

The show is about growing up, creating your own identity, and being comfortable with who you are. The teens' woes aren't always relatable to viewers (Jeremiah grows a "giant wart" that sprouts extra heads, for instance), but kids will get the message that everyone encounters bumps in the road to maturity. Some supporting characters are snobbish or outright mean to their peers, but most of the focus stays on the three likable main characters, whose friendship always has positive messages for kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Trafalgar, Fury, and Jeremiah are far from perfect, but that's what makes them so endearing. At times they can be jealous of their peers, lax about responsibilities, and mildly defiant toward adults, but, in every instance of this kind of negative behavior, they learn a positive lesson. No matter what, they're true to themselves and to their friendship.

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Teens flirt a bit and pair off to go to dances together, but there's nothing suggestive about their contact. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teenage Fairytale Dropouts boasts excellent messages about being true to yourself, respecting differences in others, and accepting responsibility for your actions. Teens muddle through normal coming-of-age woes such as not having a date for a dance, as well as some not-so-normal ones (growing extra heads overnight, for instance), but, for a cartoon, the show puts real effort into making the scenarios meaningful for kids. Negative behavior always yields a positive lesson, with friendship and strong self-esteem as the most prominent themes. 

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What's the story?

TEENAGE FAIRYTALE DROPOUTS takes place in Fairy Tale Estates, home to iconic storybook characters as well as the young members of the next magical generation. The story follows best friends Trafalgar (voiced by John Hasler), nephew of the famous magician Merlin; Fury (Katherine Beck), daughter of the Tooth Fairy; and Jeremiah (Simon Kennedy), son of the beanstalk's Giant. With such legendary legacies, one might assume these teens have futures set in stone, but the truth is, they just want to chart their own paths, even if they're different from what their parents have in mind for them.

Is it any good?

This delightful show's appeal isn't easily assigned to one age group or another, and that's a great thing if you struggle to find something all your kids can enjoy together. Younger kids will like seeing the characters' similarities to (and often more so their differences from) legendary story heroes such as Pinocchio and Humpty Dumpty. Tweens will hone in on the main trio's coming-of-age woes, some of which they might understand firsthand. And parents can rest assured knowing the show's content is a great fit for just about any age.

Teenage Fairytale Dropouts delivers some really admirable messages through three teen characters who are floundering their way through growing up. Sure, it has fun with the fact that Fury's still waiting to "develop" her wings and Jeremiah's small stature is almost comical given his genetic giantism, but ultimately none of these issues puts a dent in the teens' solid self-esteem. What's more, although each story puts the characters in a rebellious situation of some kind (borrowing the family's golden goose without permission or misusing magic, for instance), there's always an obvious consequence and some positive lesson to be learned from the experience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about self-esteem. What frustrates Trafalgar, Fury, and Jeremiah about how they look or what skills they possess? Is it ever difficult to name one of your own positive qualities? Is there a certain activity you do or task you complete that leaves you feeling really good about yourself? 

  • Kids: Why are close friendships important? How do friends help you get through difficulties in life? In what ways do you show that you care about your friends? 

  • What lesson do the characters learn in this story? What might the consequence have been for you if you had done something similar? Does TV life always seem idyllic? If so, why? 

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