True and The Rainbow Kingdom
A fantastical universe, fanciful citizens and an 8-year-old girl with the ability to activate the magic powers of a wishing tree. That’s the premise of True and the Rainbow Kingdom, which was inspired by the toy line FriendsWithYou.
True is the brave and big-hearted heroine protecting the citizens of the land and she, along with her sidekick cat Bartleby, are the first to rush to the scene of a crisis. Selfish Grizelda sometimes makes challenges more difficult to overcome, but the kindly king offers assistance when possible. He does it through riddles, though, encouraging True to be self-reliant when it comes to problem-solving.
In “The Living Sea,” True tackles a mystery that involves warming waters and missing ice stars. Thanks to her ability to activate wishes, she’s able to breathe underwater and conjure flash-freeze beams. In “Cosmic Sneeze,” the snuffling king can only be cured with the help of a feather that True tries to retrieve from a hard-to-reach mountaintop. And in “Little Helpers,” wishes involve enchanting music and an irresistible fireworks display.
True is a likable heroine, and boppy songs and Bartleby’s off-beat humor raise the “watchability” factor of this program. The stories and lessons will feel overly familiar but very young children will probably still be drawn to it, thanks to the candy-colored animation and curiously cute creatures populating the Rainbow Kingdom. Candy, and wishes, in moderation please.
Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.