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Parents need to know that True: Magical Friends is a continuation of True and the Rainbow Kingdom and follows the adventures of a young girl named True who uses magical wishes to help her solve her friends' problems. The show is visually appealing and cast with creative characters kids will like. For their part, parents will appreciate how the stories emphasize behavior like showing kindness, being patient, and seeing the good even in difficult people. True's generous nature and eagerness to help others makes her an excellent role model for kids. Grizelda's behavior is less likable, as she's often bossy and jealous of True's popularity, but it's a good illustration of how not to be.
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What's the story?
In TRUE: MAGICAL FRIENDS, Rainbow Kingdom's kind guardian, True (voiced by Michela Luci), helps her friends solve problems with the help of the Wish Tree's wishes and the power of friendship. The kingdom's boasting and insecure princess, Grizelda (Anna Claire Bartlam), is often at the heart of the troubles, but despite her chilly demeanor and challenging ways, True and her best friend, Bartleby (Jamie Watson), don't rest until they find a solution that makes things better.
Is it any good?
True is as genuine a heroine as they come, and viewers will find her gentle kindness and intentional approach to helping her friends enchanting. Not even Grizelda's abrasive personality detracts much from the appeal of this sweet series that emphasizes friendship every chance it gets. In presenting stories that underscore the differences between the two girls' natures, True: Magical Friends effectively illustrates for kids the importance of strong character traits.
This vibrant series is filled with imaginative characters and relatable dilemmas that have positive lessons for viewers. Also prominent are gentle reminders of practicing patience and thoughtfulness when faced with those dilemmas, as well as the value of asking for help when you need it. This charming show is a fun pick for kids and parents to enjoy together.
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Families can talk about how Grizelda and True are alike and how they are different in True: Magical Friends. How do True's character strengths like compassion and generosity make her a popular figure in Rainbow City? Would you call her a role model? Why or why not? What aspects, if any, of Grizelda's personality make her someone you'd like to know?
How might True solve the problems she encounters without magical wishes? What everyday tools or objects would you use in a similar predicament? How does it feel to solve a difficult problem? How does perseverance help ensure success?
Kids: When you play make-believe, what scenarios do you imagine? Do you like pretending to be someone else and picturing the world differently?
- Premiere date: June 15, 2018
- Cast: Michela Luci, Jamie Watson, Anna Claire Bartlam
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Character strengths: Compassion, Perseverance
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: July 17, 2020
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