Vampirina

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Vivacious vampire girl's adventures promote tolerance.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 72 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 14 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Kids see Vee adjust to life in a new place with the help and support of her loyal friends. There are many differences between her life in Transylvania and what she experiences in Pennsylvania, and Vee makes a concerted effort to balance traditions from both places. Friendship, honesty, and an openness to new things are common themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vee is enthusiastic and outgoing, and she embraces what makes her unique from her friends, just as they respect her for her different traditions. Her parents encourage her desire to assimilate while staying rooted in her heritage.

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The series is inspired by a book series.

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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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySara C. February 6, 2018

Bad influence

First, everyone needs to know the new song" find your inner ghoul"; the meaning of ghoul: is evil spirit, a person morbidly interested in death or di... Continue reading
Adult Written byNikkiR 1 January 27, 2018

Too much lying

It's a cute show until you realize that the children characters are constantly lying. I don't like my kids to think it's ok lie. The reason for t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMindlesswanderer October 31, 2019

Idk if a kid who can understand it should see it

I’m 17 and I really dislike her parents care for her she gets in so many bad problems because of her Ghost friend Demi (Demi is problematic more than the humans... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byZachCSM June 3, 2018

Weird

This show overall is very strange. Many things just don't make sense, like why is her name Vampirina? Her parents have normal name and her friends. How doe... Continue reading

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?

  • Families can talk about communication and compassion. Why are these important character strengths

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