Magic Cellar

2007 NR 1 season

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Magic Cellar

2007 NR 1 season
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Based on folk tales that the producers gathered from African villages, this HBO Family animated series centers on Pula, a little African girl, and her multicultural friends Marcus, Navitha, Josh and Melissa. The kids go on different adventures in Pula's grandmother's enchanted basement and learn important life lessons. The groundbreaking series seeks to continue the tradition of African story-telling and has won numerous awards.
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Summary of Season 1 (2007) - 4 discs

Based on folk tales that the producers gathered from African villages, this HBO Family animated series centers on Pula, a little African girl, and her multicultural friends Marcus, Navitha, Josh and Melissa. The kids go on different adventures in Pula's grandmother's enchanted basement and learn important life lessons. The groundbreaking series seeks to continue the tradition of African story-telling and has won numerous awards.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
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Reviews

age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this imaginative animated series exposes kids to African folktales that are acted out by a multicultural group of characters. The show celebrates the oral history that's central to African traditions and draws parallels between the tribal stories and scenarios that kids will relate to, like disputes among friends and feeling let down by a parent. Lessons in patience, generosity, fairness, and honesty are central to this worthwhile series. At least one tale includes a death, but no violence is shown on screen. Characters kiss briefly when acting out some tales.

Sexual Content

Storylines occasionally call for brief kisses between folk tale characters, who are played by kids.

Violence

Minor injuries like bumps or nosebleeds are said to result from falls, but they're not shown. In at least one of the traditional stories, a character dies.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Multicultural characters (African, Caucasian, Indian, and Asian) and traditional African folk tales combine to promote positive messages about patience, sharing, honesty, interpersonal relationships, and more. One character stutters, but it's never cause for teasing from his friends. Another boy occasionally bullies his peers, but through the folktales he learns respect and compassion.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

In one tale, a man dies after falling victim to the devil's plan to get him to smoke a pipe. From then on, his death reminds others of the dangers of smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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