Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1974 film deals with issues that were boundary-pushing at the time -- including gender roles, awareness and expression of feelings, ups and downs of sibling relationships, working mothers, racial stereotyping, and more. Even though society has since embraced most of the values the film conveys, the message may seem heavy-handed and obvious. Still, its cleverness, originality, and fun prove to be of lasting value.
Hand puppet babies discover their gender when nurses change their diapers (off camera).
In the animated "Ladies First," a child who trades on a vision of herself as a particularly delicate "little lady" is chosen by a group of tigers to be the first to become their dinner.
This DVD is loaded with positive messages that were fresh and original when the special was first broadcast in 1974 and are still relevant today. For instance: "It's all right to cry" and to express your feelings even if you're a boy; "parents are people, people with children"; life offers choices for both males and females in terms of career and marriage; good friends are among life's most valuable riches; and "we don't have to change at all" (i.e. better to be comfortable with ourselves as we are).
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