Parents' Guide to

Thomas & Friends: Calling All Engines!

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Thomas and friends adventure offers lessons in cooperation.

Movie NR 2005 60 minutes
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Kids say (8):

This is extremely family-friendly fare and offers some realistically kid-like challenges -- sharing, working together, and working out your differences. Thomas and Friends are classic boy-centric tales of trains and their adventures in the English countryside. Calling All Engines! offers adventure and problem-solving, folded in with solid messages about cooperation, teamwork, and the idea that everyone's part is important to the whole.

Kids who like trains will find the action fascinating, and aside from the obvious gender routing, parents can be assured the overall takeaway here is a good one. However, the shortage of female characters leaves this world a little lacking on the kind of full-scale cooperation more programs are moving toward these days.

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