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Parents need to know that True: Winter Wishes is a short movie starring the cast of True and the Rainbow Kingdom that sees the hero rushing to save her home from encroaching ice that threatens to cover everything and everyone. To do so, she turns to the kingdom's wise and generous Wishing Tree, who gives her wishes with individual powers that will help her in ways she doesn't yet understand. The story emphasizes True's determination and critical thinking skills, as well as her ability to remain cool under pressure so as to make good decisions on the fly. This story centers on a fictional winter celebration that's unique to the Rainbow Kingdom rather than a traditional seasonal holiday, which invites viewers of all different backgrounds to watch and enjoy.
What's the story?
In TRUE: WINTER WISHES, Rainbow Kingdom's residents are busy getting ready for the annual Winter Wishfest, but they need some snow to make it the perfect celebration. When the Rainbow King (voiced by Eric Peterson) calls on his sister the Ice Queen for help, the Forever Frost accidentally slips into the colorful land and begins to cover everything in sight! Now True (Michela Luci) and Bartleby (Jamie Watson) must save the Rainbow Kingdom before everything is covered in an unmeltable ice. With the help of the Wishing Tree's magical gifts, True races the clock to stop the Forever Frost and send it back to the Ice Kingdom where it belongs.
Is it any good?
There are few better heroes than True to have on hand in a sticky situation. No matter the cause for concern, she approaches solving the problem with calm and confidence that always suggests there's nothing to worry about. The troubles that befall the Rainbow Kingdom in True: Winter Wishes are no exception, and levelheaded True responds in typical fashion, flying off to the Wishing Tree for helpers unknown who will aid in her efforts. It's never surprising that she saves the day, but the process by which she gets there always has unforeseen turns that require the expert help of her tagalong Wishes.
Winter Wishes is a sweet story that suits the winter holiday season without involving a traditional holiday like Christmas or Hanukkah specifically. Kids who have seen True in action before will notice a small change in how she requests and receives wishes in this case -- a relatively minor addition that nonetheless emphasizes for viewers her ability to trust both herself and the Wishing Tree's guidance.
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Families can talk about how True responds to problems in True: Winter Wishes. Does she ever show that she's anxious or annoyed, or does she just leap into action? In your experience, is that realistic? How does her nature resemble or differ from yours in a similar situation?
True must trust the Wishing Tree's guidance when she gets Wishes whose purposes she can't foresee. Do you think it's hard for her to not know all the answers before she jumps in? Are the Wishing Tree's gifts ever a bad fit for her needs? Kids: What kinds of situations make it difficult to trust in a good outcome?
Where in this story do you see examples of perseverance? Do different characters demonstrate that trait at different times? What other character strengths stand out to you?
- Premiere date: November 26, 2019
- Cast: Michela Luci, Jamie Watson, Eric Peterson
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Character strengths: Perseverance
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 5, 2020
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