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It’s a new year, but the January nights are as dark and frigid nights as always. Stave off the winter blues by popping on some Amazon Prime videos with the family. This month, must-streams for kids include an award-winning anime series about a headstrong little girl, a beautiful adaption of a beloved children’s book, and the second season of a show that’s basically a fang-less Buffy The Vampire Slayer for the baking set.
Best Of The Month
Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter
Coming to Netflix from Studio Ghibli (basically the Disney of anime), this series tells the story of the spunky, spiky-haired Ronja, the only child in a band of robbers. She spends a lot of time climbing trees and just being the center of attention until she befriends the son of her father’s rival. And if you’ve read anything, ever, you know befriending rival is never good for business. It’s good for narrative, though, and this 27-part fantasy series, based on the Swedish is already a hit in Japan. It also won the International Emmy for Best Kids Animation, which is also good to know because things can get weird out east.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
Based on the award-winning children’s book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury you’ve almost definitely read to your kids, this tale follows a family during a cheerful day in the woods. They roam, they sing, they encounter a snow storm. One family member even gets separated and encounters, yes, a bear. That moment’s a bit of a nailbiter for kids, but other than that the well-animated tale should have them laughing at the family dog and singing the catchy “We’re going on a bear hunt” theme. It probably won’t inspire any actual bear hunts, but you should have the “no-petting Grizzlies” talk just in case.
Just Add Magic (Season 2)
This series about a trio of friends who find their grandmother’s magic cookbook is basically Buffy the Vampire Slayer with frosting and pastries instead of fangs and plunged stakes. The first season saw Kelly, Darbie, and Hannah discovering and exploring their grandmother’s magic cookbook; the second sees their abracadabra skill (and their relationships with each other ) evolve. In other words, there’s a lot of baking, sorcery, and close friendship. Yeah, it’s as sugary as your cheat-day donut, but that’s the point.
Common Sense’s Take: Common Sense Media is the leading nonprofit source helping parents make movie and TV choices for their children. They say that the “wholesome” show has “a little blurring of the line between good and bad, as some characters’ intentions aren’t obvious at the start, but nothing else should worry the grade school set.”
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