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Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery: The Movie

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sleuthing story has worthy messages for preschoolers.

Movie NR 2012 61 minutes
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age 5+

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age 3+
My 4YO twins love Thomas & Friends, and this is their favorite. They could watch it a million times.

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A delightful story with a dose of mystery, played out by a cast of unique characters and set to engaging animation and fun music, makes this a well-rounded movie for adults and kids. If your preschoolers are already familiar with Thomas and his pals, they'll be excited to meet the new characters who make an appearance in this story, and you can use the opening to talk about the process of meeting new people and developing new relationships. And that's not all; by casting one of the characters as a non-native engine who doesn't speak English, the movie goes even farther to reflect society's multicultural nature to open kids' eyes to the unique challenges that face newcomers to a country.

Thomas and his friends have many of the qualities that parents hope to see in their own preschoolers: They're unfailingly friendly, they jump at the chance to help others in need, and they meet new challenges with a go-getter attitude that ensures the job will get done. None of this will be new to returning Thomas fans, of course, but Blue Mountain Mystery takes it a step beyond these basic social skills and explores the emotions surrounding making mistakes and finding forgiveness, all in a non-judgmental way that encourages kids to see the benefits of communication, honesty, and seeking an adult's guidance to right a wrong.

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