Spunky book heroine continues to delight in animated show.
“Pinkalicious and Peterrific” is an animated series based on the picture books by Victoria Kann. Pinkalicious’s (voiced by Kayla Erickson) adventures are driven by her creativity and big imagination, and they incorporate elements of visual and performing arts. She can be disobedient and impulsive at times, but she’s also a patient older sister to her brother, Peter (Jaden Waldman), as well as a good friend, and she’s always confident in speaking her mind. Lively music rounds out this enjoyable book adaptation that fans of her character will especially enjoy. (10 22-minutes episodes)
On PBS Kids.
Themes of self-confidence stand out in funny comedy.
“Blurt” is a Nickelodeon TV movie staring “Splitting Adam’s” Jace Norman as a teen who loses his ability to keep his inner thoughts to himself, with predictably funny results. While it’s initially a nuisance to him, the affliction eventually frees him to speak up for himself for the first time: He stands up to a class bully and gets close to a girl he likes. This inspires greater self-esteem and encourages his peers to find their voices, too. The movie’s content is mild, save for a few fart and poop jokes. There’s much to like in Jeremy’s close relationship with his younger sister. (52 minutes)
Book-based teen romance has themes of empathy, diversity.
“Every Day” is a high-concept romantic drama based on the best-selling young adult novel by David Levithan. It’s a love story between teenage Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) and a body-hopping, gender-fluid personality known as “A,” who inhabits a different teen host every 24 hours. Teens drink and smoke, swear (language includes “s---,” “b----,” “d---,” and more), kiss and make out. They also do things like ditch school and stay out all night, with few consequences. While the film touches on serious topics — including mental illness, suicide and more — it never gets too heavy. Instead, it uses these issues, as well as A’s wide range of experiences as boys and girls of many races, body types and sexual identities, to underline the importance of diversity, tolerance, empathy and acceptance. It also emphasizes the need to truly be seen and appreciated by those who love you and the value of making your mark on the world. (95 minutes)
Sweet, sensitive, and authentic teen drama is a winner.
“Everything Sucks!” is a drama about high school students and their parents navigating life in the 1990s. Mature content is a bit milder than often seen in high-school-set shows, but still there: Both teens and adults are interested in love and sex and talk about dating, kissing, having sex and sexual acts. One character is gay and conflicted, which we find out when she steals a magazine full of photos of naked women (we briefly see their breasts). She is frequently teased about being gay and is called “gross,” as well as slurs, by her peers. (Her father and other friends are understanding and accepting.) Cursing is infrequent: “s---,” “hell,” “a--,” “bulls---.” Characters also insult one another: “morons,” “farts” and more. A boy calls a girl a “b----,” once in jest and once because he’s angry. (10 approximately half-hour episodes)
Via Netflix streaming.
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