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True Tunes

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Darling, creative music vignettes will delight True's fans.

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The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Original songs are creative revisions of familiar tunes like "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb." They narrate the characters' actions, which usually involve positive, friendly behavior like helping others and showing compassion.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

True and her Rainbow Kingdom friends are a kind and generous group, extending friendship and sharing with others. The exception to that rule is Glummy Glooma, who enjoys spreading gloom and ruins other people's fun in songs that involve him.

 

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The show is a collection of original songs by the characters of True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that True Tunes is a collection of music videos from the creators of True and the Rainbow Kingdom featuring original songs that are inspired by and composed to the melodies of familiar nursery rhyme songs. Although the music format allows for minimal story and character development, viewers who know of the characters' personalities from the True series will especially enjoy these extra little glimpses into Rainbow Kingdom. The songs are inventive rewrites of traditional tunes like "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Hush Little Baby," so creative and well done that parents will like them almost as much as kids do. If this is your kids' introduction to True and her friends, be aware that the endearing characters likely will inspire an interest in the sweet TV series next.

 

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What's the story?

True and her Rainbow Kingdom friends share new songs written to the melodies of classic nursery rhymes in TRUE TUNES. Each song centers on a different Rainbow Kingdom resident or group of friends like helpful Bartleby (voiced by Jamie Watson), wise Zee (Nicolas Aqui), and of course, magical True (Michela Luci). Sung to the music of familiar kids' songs and rhymes like "Michael Finnegan" and "Say Say Oh Playmate," the tunes creatively match the new lyrics to the familiar traditional ones and celebrate the magic and camaraderie that exists in Rainbow Kingdom.

Is it any good?

True's fans will be eager to check out these darling videos featuring music that's entirely new to the franchise and so endearing parents may find themselves drawn to it as well. Everything that viewers have come to expect and love in shows set in Rainbow Kingdom continues in these sweet vignettes -- colorful characters, expressions of kindness, humor, and creative animation -- and the result is an endearing collection of sweet original songs that complements True's other TV titles.

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  • Families can talk about how these new songs compare to the originals after which they're modeled. How do the stories and new lyrics resemble the traditional ones? Did you know the original tune itself?

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  • Kids: How does music make you feel? Do different styles of music suit different moods? What are some of your favorite songs?

  • In what ways do True and her friends show that they care about each other in True Tunes? In this place of unique individuals, how does each one bring something special to the Rainbow Kingdom? How do Glummy's sources of joy differ from his friends'?

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