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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Vampirina is an animated series inspired by the Vampirina Ballerina books. It follows the story of a vampire girl who's learning to navigate the human world with help from her new friends and support from her parents. With ghosts, gargoyles, and goblins either residing in her home or dropping by as visitors, there are many silly adventures and a lot of laughs. The friendly take on traditionally scary supernatural characters makes this series a fun introduction to safe "scares" for little ones, and there are many positive takeaways about respect, tolerance, friendship, and the value of being open to new experiences and ideas.
What's the story?
VAMPIRINA is the tale of the titular young girl (voiced by Isabella Cramp) of vampire heritage whose family recently relocated from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to open a hotel for magical guests. Being the new kid in town is never easy, but Vampirina -- or "Vee," as her family and friends call her -- has her friends there to help her learn about humans and their ways, which are not so surprisingly different from how vampires do things.
Is it any good?
This story's protagonist is its greatest selling point: Vivacious Vee has enthusiasm to spare and positively loves learning about humans and their ways by immersing herself in new experiences. Her friends make it doubly fun for her to do so (and for viewers to watch) with their own eagerness to better understand her family's culture. What ensues is an ongoing blending of human and vampire traditions, always with great acceptance all around and usually with some comical result.
No matter the perspective viewers take, whether looking at things from Vee's point of view or that of her friends, Vampirina promotes tolerance, respect, and appreciation for the multicultural experience. As a newbie to the human world, Vee has a lot to learn but looks to assimilate while staying true to her Transylvanian roots. Her friends are just as determined to consider her feelings and listen to her in an effort to understand why differences exist between them. These timely messages are presented in a gentle, kid-friendly way that young viewers and their parents will appreciate.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about trying new things. Kids: Do you get nervous or excited in new situations? How does expanding your horizons help you learn and grow? Who can you turn to for help when you need a little boost in the right direction?
How does Vampirina blend her family's traditions with her new human experience? Does she ever choose one over the other? What traditions does your family have that mean a lot to you? Why is it important to be tolerant and respectful of people's differences?
Do you find any of the characters in this show scary? How does the way they're drawn and the way they act make them less scary than others you've seen in movies or on TV? Do you like being scared a little (or at all) when you watch?
- Premiere date: October 2, 2017
- Cast: Isabella Cramp, Jordan Alexa Davis, Wanda Sykes
- Network: Disney Junior
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Book characters, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
- Character strengths: Communication, Compassion
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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