Bob the Builder: The Big Dino Dig

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Dinosaur-themed tale is full of positive messages and fun.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 63 minutes

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Educational Value

Facts about five species of dinosaur. Archeology, phases of construction briefly explained. Reading, consulting books for more information encouraged.

Positive Messages

Teamwork, cooperation stressed; each team member is valued for his or her unique contributions. Be careful, take the time to do things right. Problem-solving, creative thinking encouraged. Finish your job first before doing what you want.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bob and Wendy model a can-do attitude, work hard, and are good leaders who solve problems with creative thinking. Their construction-vehicle friends are cheerful, helpful members of the team who sometimes get into trouble but fix their mistakes and learn from them.

Violence & Scariness

In a book of dinosaur facts, a cartoon T. rex looks somewhat fierce; it's mentioned that the species ate other dinosaurs, and there's a picture of the T. rex chasing a smaller dinosaur. Also in the book, a large dinosaur goes after a stegosaurus but runs away, scared off because it thinks the stegosaurus is bigger than it really is.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Part of a series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bob the Builder: The Big Dino Dig features all the favorite characters from the popular preschool TV show. There's no objectionable content, although pictures in a book show dinosaurs chasing each other. Bob, Wendy, and the team of construction-vehicle friends are positive role models for kids, and there are many great messages about teamwork, getting the job done, and learning from your mistakes. At the end of the credits is a catchy musical number featuring the three diggers.

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What's the story?

Bob and his building team are asked to help construct a brand-new amusement park. Everyone's surprised when they dig up a dinosaur skeleton as they're clearing the land. The owner decides to make dinosaurs the amusement park's theme, and the team finds creative ways to incorporate the fossils they find into the rides. To get the job done, they'll have to work together, and each team member has to contribute his or her own special abilities. Can they build it? Yes, they can!

Is it any good?

Fans of the Bob the Builder TV show will enjoy what's basically an extended episode. Structured in six parts, each one presents a team member who's having a problem, such as thinking he or she doesn't need any help or feeling left out, and they all learn a lesson as they work together to get the job done. Taken all together in one sitting, it can get a bit repetitive and tedious, but preschoolers are unlikely to notice. Still, it makes it easy to pause the movie after each part and encourage some non-TV activities in between viewing sessions.

Kids will enjoy the amusement-park setting and introduction to basic dinosaur facts. Be sure to hang around until the credits are done for a cute, catchy musical number featuring the three diggers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bob and the building team. Who's your favorite? Why?

  • What did you learn about dinosaurs? If you were a dinosaur, which one would you be?

  • Everyone likes to do things for themselves, but Muck doesn't ask for help even when he needs it. What things do you need help with? What can you do by yourself?

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