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Parents need to know that Bob the Builder: The Legend of the Golden Hammer is a 2010 movie from the charming BBC animated series that has been teaching preschoolers can-do practicality, cooperation, and kindness since 1999. Grown-ups Bob and Wendy give their childlike machines -- tractor, crane, cement mixer -- lots of responsibility, but, like the kids watching, the machines inevitably make mistakes that lead to mischief or trouble. Bob always fixes and forgives, modeling a kind of ideal parent/teacher-child relationship. An old ship falls off its display platform back into the sea, and some of the machines get stuck on it until a seagull raises the sails and gets them back to the dock. A machine falls into the sea but is pulled to safety by a crane. A mischievous scarecrow falls onto a roof. He's unhurt, but Bob must repair the damage.
What's the story?
Brickbeard the Pirate narrates BOB THE BUILDER: THE GOLDEN HAMMER from the past, explaining that he has left clues all over the village of Fixham Harbour, his former home, to the location of his prized Golden Hammer. Spud the scarecrow and Scrambler set out to find the hammer and present it to Bob as a gift. In the effort, a Blue's Clues-like exercise, Spud falls through a roof and gets chased by a not-very-scary dragon costume. Bob and his crew put in a picture window, replace rotted beams and shaky pillars, and rehab a theater and lighthouse.
Is it any good?
Bob and crew remain endearing and lovable in this perfect preschool mixture of entertainment and life lessons. The voices have changed over the years, becoming a little less childish and feminine than they were at the start, but the characters retain the uplifting innocence and optimism that will keep younger ones interested. Kids who like will especially enjoy Bob the Builder: The Legend of the Golden Hammer, since it doesn't have any of the creepy or scary aspects associated with pirate life.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how fun it must be to find buried treasure. What would you do if you found the treasure like they do in Bob the Builder: The Legend of the Golden Hammer?
Brickbeard the pirate hid his treasure in the village of Fixham. Why do people hide valuable things?
Why are stories about pirates so popular? What do you like about pirates?
- On DVD or streaming: December 28, 2010
- Cast: Sophie Aldred, Marc Silk, Rupert Degas, Lorelei King, Emma Tate
- Directors: Will Meugniot, Paul Sabella
- Studio: HIT Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Pirates
- Character Strengths: Communication, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 60 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
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