August 7, 2013

The Elephant Princess

So this is funny. (NOT FUNNY AT ALL.) My kid is watching a real show. By real, I mean, not a cartoon, which is basically all she's ever watched for the first seven years of her life, excluding nature documentaries and the few live action films she's seen. But now she's watching her first, legit televised serial with live actors.

I'm not sure why this is exciting to me, but it feels like some kind of milestone, that she's watching something other than 'Phineas & Ferb' or 'The Powerpuff Girls'.

I watched sooooooooo much TV when I was little, you guys! (and yet, I still read a ton, but when I look back, I watched a lot of flipping TV) I watched 'Happy Days', 'Bewitched', 'The Love Boat', 'Fantasy Island', 'Mork & Mindy'.....not sure at what ages I watched all of these, but I know I was pretty small when I was watching 'Happy Days'.

(not putting in links to all of these shows, because I have hit the wall in terms of summer, and blogging, and my kid driving me bonkers, and you know what? I'M NOT PUTTING IN A HALF DOZEN LINKS. just not doing it today. so for those of you who have no idea about those aforementioned shows, you'll just have to look it up on Google yo-self. xoxo)

Anyway, (can you tell I'm feeling fussy? sorry about that! FUSSINESS BEGONE.) she and I have been watching 'The Elephant Princess'. There. A link.

And it's GOOD! Ok. It's not great kind of good, but it's a good enough show to be fine fare for an elementary school age kid.

I should have prefaced all this by saying that I've always kept a real tight rein on what I've let Julia watch thus far. She hasn't seen even a quarter of the shows and movies other kids she knew were watching at age 5. Sorry, but I just really thought the first 'Harry Potter' movie would be wasted on a 5 yr old. She still hasn't seen it. When we've read the book (prolly when she's 8), then she can see it.

I have Strong Thoughts about the proper viewing and reading of the 'Harry Potter' books. I will not ruin any second of those books by introducing them too early, OH NO I WILL NOT.

We're about 7 episodes in, and I' ve watched each episode with her, and so far, I haven't seen anything inappropriate for a seven year old kid to be watching, even though the main characters are teens. This show would not appeal to teens (I'm guessing); the storyline and the writing is pure appeal-to-the-junior-set.

It's a modern fairy tale about an Australian girl named Alex, who discovers that she is really the long lost princess of a magical kingdom called Manjipoor, which reveres elephants and whose royal family has the ability to do magic.

Kuru, a boy from Manjipoor, is sent by the kingdom's wise man to help Alex learn about her role as a magical princess. Silliness and hijinks ensue, as Kuru struggles to fit into the modern teen world, while Alex struggles to control her emerging magical skills. 

Oh and there's an invisible elephant who appears and disappears, and who can travel between the two worlds. JULIA LOVES THE ELEPHANT.

And of course there's an evil cousin, who flies around on a magic carpet and scowls with his evil looking facial hair. He doesn't want Alex to come to Manjipoor because he wants to be royal all by himself.

Alex has to decide whether she wants to be a magical princess or try to be a teen rock star. OF COURSE.

I love this show! It's really fun. I'm telling you, it's adorably adorable, and I'm totally happy watching it with my kiddo. We're midway through Season 1 on Netflix , and Season 2 is also available there as well. (it's also on Amazon instant video)

(update: Fun fact, Season 1 features a pre-'Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth.)


(all images from http://www.family.ca/shows/elephant-princess/)

16 comments:

  1. I totally agree with not introducing Harry Potter too early. My 5yr old son has not seen any of the movies and I haven't read any of the books to him, even though many of his friends have been exposed to it. This was made even harder when he had to start wearing glasses and one of the only male (non-animal) book character that wore glasses was Harry Potter. I still managed to hold out. I really want him to have the joy of reading the books by himself and have the thrill of being immersed into the magical world of Harry Potter. He seems happy with that explanation and now has even more incentive to improve his reading skills :)

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    1. Right?????????????

      Harry Potter is so special. Not touching those books for a while, or Narnia. I would love for her to discover all of those books on her own.....

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  2. I'll have to have the girls check this one out. They've been watching a few "real" shows for the last couple of years and I'm always on the lookout for ones that aren't horrific (just about anything Disney does!) One that they older girl likes is H20 ~ its about Australian mermaids. The acting is BAD but the plots are too mature for her and there is a lot around the theme of friendship.

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    1. Oh J has a friend who is watching some show about mermaids too, I think she said it was called 'Just Add Water' ???? I wonder if that is a different show?

      I've never seen any of the Disney live action sitcoms for more than 30 seconds, so I WON'T JUDGE or anything, but I am already thinking that the Australian shows have slightly more decent actors with LESS YELLING style of acting :)

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    2. Shoot, I meant the plots AREN'T too mature for the girls. While most of the adults are silly caricatures they aren't the downright stupid portrayals in Disney (if there are even parents around - iCarly, Jesse, Max & Ruby......) They watched the first episode of The Elephant Princess this morning and really liked it. :D

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    3. ha, I gotcha! H2O IS the same show as Just Add Water. I think Julia will really like that one!

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  3. I totally AGREE about Harry Potter. When people tell me they are reading it aloud to a five year old I do an inner cringe. HP is NOT for five year olds, people. It is NOT. I also will not be reading it aloud to him at all. I feel really strongly (Can you tell? Should I be more dramatic so it's more obvious?)that some books should be enjoyed privately. I think about the books I read on my own as a kid and the ones my mom read to me. It seem contrary, but the ones I read on my own are more meaningul to me now than the ones my mom read.

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    1. Yes! Oh yes yes yes. I haven't made up my mind as to whether I will have Andrew read them to her or not, or have her read them on her own, when she's ready and able. (Andrew never read the HP books! GASP)

      That's a really interesting observation about the books read to vs read on your own. My parents didn't read to me at all, when I was past age 5, I think my dad read me one Henry Huggins story. I loved it when he read that to me and wish they had read to me more.

      So I loved most everything I read! Because I was reading it all my self!

      I also feel that the HP books shouldn't be started until you can make your way through the majority of the books, you know?

      I think JK Rowling will come to me in a vision somehow and announce, NOW, now is the time. And then I will know. :)

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  4. I agree about HP, too. Right now, they don't care. They claim HP is icky, although they DON'T KNOW. Crazy kids.

    I hadn't noticed this show. I'll have to check it out when we get home!

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    1. You and the girls are going lovedy love love this show, D. Loooooooooooove it. I was out of the room for half of one episode, and I was like, What happened? What did I miss?

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  5. Good call on the Harry Potter books. Oh I watched so many TV series when I was a kid too (I wonder how I had all that time?) Thanks for blogging about the Elephant Princess because it seems like a great show!

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    1. to be honest, I think I watched even more shows than the ones I listed here! I loved my TV and I still do.

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  6. Looks cutie!

    I too use to love vintage tv when I was growing up. I watched lots of Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and Mr. Ed.

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    1. Oh you saw some classics!!! Forgot about I Dream of Jeannie, I watched quite a bit of that as well :)

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  7. I agree about Harry Potter! Our daughter is almost 4 and loves Studio Ghibli, Labyrinth and even Lord of the Rings and Star Wars but she is not seeing the HP movies until after the books have been read. Thanks for your rec about the Elephant Princess; Alice was obsessed with Panda! Go Panda! which I showed her on your recommendation as well. Her favorite movie right now is the Studio Ghibli movie Whisper of the Heart, which is a romance about middle-school students but she *totally* loves it nonetheless.

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    1. Ooooh Whisper of the Heart, I've never seen or heard about that! I'll have to pursue that one.....so glad your daughter loved Panda Go Panda!! What a wacky little show...

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