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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Children learn the importance of proper safety techniques and equipment in dangerous situations.
Helping others is a good thing to do. Using proper safety techniques and equipment is important in dangerous situations. Sometimes it's best to call in an expert to help.
Positive Role Models
Fireman Sam and his fellow firefighters are caring, responsible members of their community. All are unfailingly polite and diligent.
Violence & Scariness
Given the targeted age of this series, there's a considerable amount of story given over to anxiety-producing threats and dangers. Cave trekkers must cross an old and decrepit bridge to get to safety as devastating flooding looms. Patches of bridge crumble as kids pass, but when Sam, the heaviest of the trekkers, crosses the bridge, it collapses. He's only saved because he's been secured by a rope. Action-movie music ramps up the sense of doom. All is well at the end, but some young children may have difficulty coping with the anxiety.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Fireman Sam series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in Fireman Sam: Ultimate Heroes, Fireman Sam and his coworkers face danger at every turn. This movie features a hurricane with damaging winds, falling trees, high floodwaters, and fires. A small child is rescued as he's about to drop over a waterfall. A bus precariously sits on a cliff, and Sam heads inside to pull out a passenger too frightened to move. All this anxiety is heightened by heart-thumping music. But preschoolers will enjoy all the zipping about in rescue vehicles, and those familiar with the series will know that things always end well. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There is no doubt that a great deal of care and thought was put into production of this children's series. It has a lot in common with another well-loved show, Bob the Builder, but the latter feels more fun, with the tractors and trucks presented as human-like characters. Similar to Bob, Fireman Sam is a technical guy. His world revolves around hoses, hydrants, engines, chemical fire retardants, and water pressure. Many preschoolers will find all that fascinating.
Note that unlike Sesame Street, also aimed at young preschoolers, Fireman Sam and all the other characters speak exceedingly slowly and clearly, more as if they were addressing non-English-speaking adults with hearing trouble than 3-year-olds. Some viewers may miss the Welsh-accented voice actors of previous seasons of the series. The current actors have accents ranging from Canadian to southern American, and that may confuse and upset some kids.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.