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Parents need to know that True: Happy Hearts Day is a continuation of True and the Rainbow Kingdom and sees a young girl named True learning a valuable lesson about empathy and respecting differences as she spreads holiday joy among her friends. She encounters a neighbor who is defined by his glumness and revels in solitude, which she first attempts to change before coming to understand it as his nature. In so doing, she demonstrates for kids the importance of seeing things from another person's point of view instead of judging based on your own. This sweet story involves strong themes of friendship, kindness, and compassion, as well as True's mindful approach to solving problems.
What's the story?
There's nothing True (voiced by Michela Luci) loves more than bringing smiles to her friends' faces by sharing happy hearts on this special day. With her deliveries done around Rainbow Kingdom, she and Bartleby (Jamie Watson) head for the Soggy Swamp to deliver one last heart to Glummy Glooma (Cory Doran), but he accidentally turns the pink heart blue with his gloomy mood. When all of the happy hearts and the Wish Tree follow suit, True fears everyone in Rainbow Kingdom will be overcome with gloom, so she visits Zee (Nicolas Acqui) for guidance and, joined by three wishes, sets out to restore joy to her home.
Is it any good?
This sweet holiday story has all the warm-fuzzy feels you'd expect, but its most heartfelt message about respect and learning empathy comes as a welcome surprise. At first glance, Glummy's gloom seems destined to counter True's effort to spread joy, and as all the hearts and the Wish Tree turn blue themselves, the special holiday feels doomed. It's only by setting aside her preconceptions and acknowledging Glummy's perspective that she comes to make the holiday special for everyone.
True continues to be a model of thoughtful problem-solving and kindness in her interactions with those around her. Happy Hearts Day challenges her in a new way, forcing her to step outside of her own experiences and see the world through someone else's eyes. For kids who watch, this is an excellent reminder of the value and rewards of doing the same in their interactions with peers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Glummy's personality as it compares to True's. What differences exist in how the two characters show kindness and friendship? Can a person be a good friend and still enjoy solitude, like Glummy does? How does each of them contribute something different to their community?
How might you solve a similar problem to True's without the help of magic? When a friend is feeling sad, what can you do to help? Does helping always mean making someone feel better?
- Premiere date: February 1, 2019
- Cast: Michela Luci, Jamie Watson, Cory Doran
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Holidays
- Character Strengths: Compassion, Empathy
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: September 19, 2019
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