Parents' Guide to

True and the Rainbow Kingdom

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Whimsical world's heroine helps her friends solve problems.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 3+

Not the worst but misses some easy opportunities

My 4 year LOVES the music and colors. The humor is harmless; she thinks Bartleby the cat is hilarious. I like True's approach to problem-solving by reviewing what she knows about the problem, identifying the obstacles and using resources to save the day. I desperately wish there was more diversity in the cast (all of the humans are assumed to be white) and more variety in the character development (Grizelda is always irredeemably bratty, Z is always unflappably wise, etc). At the end of the show we try to talk about what True learned and it's always a bit of a miss which signals to me that, while the show is fun and benign, she's not actually getting anything good out of it either. There are better ways to use her time but it's not the worst.
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age 5+

Junk food por little girls

I totally agree with the previous opinion titled "junk food". Visually: overstimulating (colours,speed,fast scenes and dialogues). Messages:just fast food for the mind. I wish our little children could enjoy the cartoons like Miyazaki ones (Totoro,Ponyo,Nicky with apprentice)
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23):
Kids say (13):

True's magical power has less to do with the Wishing Tree and more to do with her knack for illustrating the value of effective problem solving. She takes great care in naming the problem and contemplating a possible solution before visiting the Wishing Tree and asking for additional help. What's more, even as the anthropomorphic wishes hop into action at critical times in the process, none can do the job alone; it requires a combination of them plus True's patient guidance to achieve the required effect. The resulting theme? Solutions aren't always simple to predict, but a little perseverance goes a long way.

But as kids aren't likely to seek out a show for this kind of quality content, True and the Rainbow Kingdom wins them over with its visual appeal, humor, and thoughtful characters. Everything in Rainbow Kingdom lives up to its name with vibrant colors, and there's much creativity in the inhabitants' unorthodox shapes and sizes. Even True's antithetical peer, Grizelda (Anna Bartlam), serves a vital purpose in this colorful world, reminding kids of the results of negative traits like selfishness.

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