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Tulipchan: Let’s Be Friends DVD

By La Quita Marshall and Christopher Gildemeister

 

Release Date: December 9, 2008

Starring: Voices of Sarah Yoon, Sazara Johnson, Jesse Cowan

Recommended age: 2+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sex

None

Violence

Pushing

Language

“Babies,” “doofus,” “clumsy”

Behavior

Bullying

 

Tulipchan: Let’s Be Friends is a DVD featuring two animated stories about Tulipchan, a flower-like little girl, and her friends. The first story, “Tulip, Citrus, and Cherri,” is about making friends -- “It’s an easy thing to do by just saying hi and being nice,” learns Tulipchan.  The second story is titled, “Sharing and the Sand Castle.” In it, Tulipchan learns to be polite, saying “May I,” and “please.”  In both stories, Tulip and her parents use both English and Japanese words. In the DVD’s bonus features, a glossary of the Japanese words and their meaning is given, and the DVD’s creator shows how to draw Tulip and her friends.

 

Tulipchan features only the mildest content. The Tamanegi Brothers slightly bully Tulip and her friends, calling the other kids “babies” and at one point pushing Tulip to the ground and destroying her sand castle. They never ask but only take from Tulip, Cherri and Citrus.  They call the other kids a “baby” and destroy their toys.  Though the brothers aren’t the easiest to deal with, the other kids handle it well by being nothing but nice to them. Tulip’s friend Cherri tries to pressure Tulip to open a package that doesn’t belong to either one of them, and later calls Citrus a “doofus” and “clumsy” when he stumbles. All of these are situations that real-life small children may encounter; Tulipchan shows how to handle such problems, as well as teaching good manners.

 

Because of its sweet, gentle tone and educational value, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Tulipchan with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. This DVD is appropriate for children over age two.

 


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