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Wunderkind Little Amadeus

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Composer's childhood adventures play a fun 'toon.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show aims to promote classical music knowledge and appreciation. Amadeus is prone to mischief, but it's more the "innocent prank" kind.

Violence & scariness

Occasional pratfalls.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated series aims to educate kids about classical music while entertaining them with cute cartoon antics. There's no iffy content to worry about. That said, although the producers do seem to get a lot of the details about Mozart's life correct, they also take some liberties with his story so that it works with their ongoing series.

What's the story?

The real Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child prodigy who wrote his first symphony at the age of 4. He was also reportedly quite the prankster, a fact that this series -- which aims to interest children in classical music -- runs with, making a genial 8-year-old scamp out of the historical figure. In each episode, Amadeus, as he's known to his family and friends, gets into scrapes and faces off with the jealous Lorenzo Devilious while using his musical ability to save the day.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

WUNDERKIND LITTLE AMADEUS is fairly standard animated fare, with a regular villain and fun-but-spunky heroes (the soundtrack, provided by one of the world's greatest composers, lifts things up a notch). The good news is that it seems to have a strong footing in the actual history of the day, in spite of the odd anachronistic language -- it's a bit jarring to see someone in a wig and knee breeches refer to something as "lame," for example.

The only question is whether kids addicted to Pokemon, Batman, and the like are going to put their cards down for this gentle little show about a type of music that plenty of folks (both old and young) find boring. Which is too bad, because both the music and the show are worth enjoying.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how accurate this series is. Do you think all of the characters in the show really existed? How could you find out more about the real Mozart? Why do you think TV show and movie producers sometimes bend the truth? Families can also discuss what kids learn from watching this show. Kids: Do you think of this series as more of an educational show or more of an entertaining one? Why?

TV details

Premiere date:September 7, 2008
Cast:Marc Silk, Robert Tinkler, Samantha Reynolds
Network:PBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:History, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-G

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Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byLadymaryland April 21, 2010
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Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byiggy12345 December 24, 2014

don't bother

this show is soooooooo boring. i usually can sit through shows but not this one
Teen, 16 years old Written byrockonarni September 12, 2016

much more serious than you think it is

I began watching this show in German to help my skills in that language, but I ended up getting pretty into it. I find that the artistic liberties taken are particularly interesting, especially with characters such as Mario, Devilius and Kajetan. I know it's really weird that a 16 year old is writing a review for a kids' show that usually only has the classical music going for it, but it's the subtleties that get me. One other reviewer noticed this; it being a show about Mozart, there are undertones of physical abuse. Most of that is projected onto the Dynamic Duo (mario and devilius) while Leopold is portrayed as a Stern But Kind Dad™. The writers were spot on in including this aspect, as scholars believe that Mozart experienced abuse in his childhood. The adventures are kind of silly and relaxing, but as the series goes on, the viewer learns more about the characters!! (note: these characters have great potential, believe me)
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