Bob the Builder: Mega Machines - The Movie

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Positive messages; more suspense, action than past tales.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 63 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Introduces the concept and construction of reservoir and dam. Clearly identifies various trucks, their capabilities, and the ingredients for concrete.

Positive Messages

Stresses teamwork, doing the right thing, and treating others with respect. Illustrates how positive leadership inspires hard work, self-confidence, and encouraging others to do their best. Shows that being bullied can result in bullying of others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bob is fair, smart, efficient, and resourceful and treats everyone with respect. Villain is greedy and vengeful. Female characters, though few in number, have positions of responsibility and work effectively. Some ethnic diversity.

Violence & Scariness

Some escalating suspense and cartoon jeopardy. A villain sabotages a dam; it bursts, threatening a town. A featured character is in the path of raging water. A construction boss is a mean-spirited, vengeful bully.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Another entry in the popular Bob the Builder franchise, which includes TV, film, toys, games, and other merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bob the Builder: Mega Machines is a movie-length (63-minute) entry in the vast Bob the Builder franchise, which began as an animated British television series in 1998. Combining easy-to-understand stories and positive messages with funny, well-meaning leading characters (including humanlike construction vehicles) have made this a family-friendly brand. Each tale includes educational material as well; this one introduces reservoirs and dams, and shows how they're made using the earth's natural resources. Clear positive messages about working together, doing one's best, and dealing with bullies are plentiful. "Yes, We Can!" is the motto of the crew. This movie contains more mild suspense and peril than other shows in the series. A bullying villain causes trouble, threatening the heroes as well as an entire town. A dam bursts; flooding occurs, and there are some tumbles and close calls. It's important that the youngest viewers are clear about real versus imaginary danger.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 2, and 4 year old Written byValerie T. April 22, 2018

Scary for a 5 years old

My oldest almost five wanted to stop watching it it was too scary. And a lot of explanation to do about vilain that want to hurt other and bullies and blackmail...
Teen, 14 years old Written byck12hater November 29, 2017

a bit late

the movie is fine, i have no problem with it, but bob the builder ended when i was a baby, i doubt that your targeted audience will be interestedd

What's the story?

Bob (Colin Murdock) and his exuberant team of construction vehicles are excited to get an important job in BOB THE BUILDER: MEGA MACHINES - THE MOVIE. Spring City has hired the crew to turn a local quarry into a reservoir to provide clear, fresh drinking water for everyone. And they'll build a dam to contain the reservoir. It's a massive job, so Bob has hired another contractor, Conrad (Brian Cox), and his team of Mega Machines to help. What Bob doesn't know is that Conrad is angry that he was passed over in favor of Bob. The mean-spirited man, who doesn't treat his crew well at all, decides to sabotage the job in secret. The work is hard, but the whole team contributes. When the dam is finished, Conrad's evil plan results in an unexpected near disaster and everyone, including the whole town, is in danger.

Is it any good?

As usual, Bob and his distinctive team of trucks bring solid messages, fundamental information about building, and an entertaining story to the fans of this popular franchise. Even the villain plays a part in the instructional nature of Bob the Builder: Mega Machines. Kids can see first-hand how bullying passes from one "generation" to the next. Because Conrad subjects his employees to threats and intimidation, those beleaguered vehicles start to behave as bullies, too -- but only until the heroes show them the error of their ways. It's a nice, and subtle, touch. The story seems just the right length, should hold the interest of young audiences, and measures up to the high standards that the Bob the Builder creative team demands of itself. Recommended for kids who are comfortable with pretend versus actual danger. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters of Bob and Conrad in Bob the Builder: Mega Machines. What are the differences in the way they treat their workers? Which one is the more successful boss?

  • In what ways is Conrad a bully? How does his treatment of his Mega Machines (Thug, Crunch, and Ace) almost turn them into bullies, too? What lesson did the Mega Machines learn about their own behavior?

  • How does this movie show the importance of teamwork and perseverance? What is the meaning of the motto "Yes, We Can!" in this story?

  • At the end of this story, Thug, Crunch, and Ace become part of Bob's team. Do you expect to see these characters as part of Bob's (Fisher-Price) toy inventory? How do manufacturers and filmmakers help each other out when they create their products and movies?

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