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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
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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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, 13 years old Written bynightshadow31303 August 7, 2016

Great show!

I think this show is very educational and is useful in teaching young children about the life of the young Amadeus Mozart. It teaches about different elements of music, such as tempo, different instruments, and the like. (Also: there is a segment done after the episode, called "Monti's World, which provides additional information.) What parents should know: Positive messages: It promotes music knowledge and appreciation. Amadeus pulls pranks, but they are innocent. Violence: There are pratfalls, but no one is hurt and is played for comedy. However, in one episode (Season 1 Episode 4: "Kidnappers"), Devilius plots to kidnap Amadeus to learn his secret to success. He hires two criminals to capture him. One asks what will happen if they don't kidnap him, and Devilius replies with "Then, you can say your last prayer!" This may go right over children's heads, but is still disturbing. In the same episode, Amadeus and Kajetan almost drown, but are saved. In another episode (Season 1 Episode 13: "Never Kiss An Empress"), Devilius beats up a guard to steal a disguise. This, fortunately, is offscreen. In another episode (Season 1 Episode 1: "Solo For Amadeus"), Devilius scolds Mario and violently shakes him. Throughout the series, he threatens to send him back to Milan. Sex/Romance: There is no sex (this is a children's show, after all!), however, there is kissing. Amadeus and Mario are in love with the baker's daughter Kati throughout the series. Amadeus kissed her (Season 1 Episode 3: "Pumperl In Trouble") and so did Mario (Season 1 Episode 2: "The Stolen Watch"). Swearing: Uses of "heck" and "lame", but these are not swears. However, in one episode (Season 1 Episode 11: "The Dancing Harbor"), Monti says "Wow! Hell's broken loose! I can't believe it!". This, fortunately, is the only use of the word in the series. Consumerism: N/A Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: No drugs or smoking of any kind, however in one episode (Season 1 Episode 13: "Never Kiss An Empress"), Devilius and Mario have dinner, which is served with a full glass of an unknown drink (possibly red wine). Devilius is about to make a toast, but is then interrupted. Not a single sip is taken. However, this may not count as drinking because the characters are Italian, and it is customary for Italian children to have wine now and then. Misc. content: In one episode (Season 2 Episode 4: "Smallpox"), Nannerl faints at a concert, and people worry she will die. She doesn't, but this may be scary for some children. Conclusion: Overall, this is a great show for children, and I highly recommend it.
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