Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this animated DVD is based on the classic Charles Dickens tale and, unlike most Barbie movies, features an unlikable main character. Exactly like most Barbie movies, that character learns predictable lessons about selfishness and caring. Though not period-appropriate for Victorian England, a close biracial friendship is depicted. Ghosts play a part in the story, but not in a way that would scare even young children (one looks like a Valley girl, another Ethel Merman, and the third looks like a queen). There is virtually no discussion of the religious aspect of the holiday.
Very mild flirting.
There are ghosts, but none are scary: one looks like a Valley girl, another looks like Ethel Merman, and another a queen.
As in the original Charles Dickens story, a miserly, selfish main character is changed and learns to value the true meaning of the Christmas holiday. Includes lessons on the impact of simple acts of caring, the way that facing our fears helps us grow, and the redemptive power of second chances.
Another in the juggernaut of Barbie movies timed for holiday release, there is plenty of reinforcement of the Barbie brand -- and at least two tie-in dolls. Promos for other upcoming Barbie movies can't be skipped over.
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