Animal Mechanicals

Common Sense Media says

Characters' friendly adventures hold good messages for tots.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Along with plenty of positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and overcoming hardship, this series incorporates some vocabulary (unfamiliar words are identified and defined as part of the dialogue), basic shapes, and other pre-reading skills.

Positive messages

Positive themes like teamwork, respect, curiosity, and self-confidence are integrated into each story. The characters solve problems by using each animal’s special skills when the time is right, and they break down daunting tasks into manageable steps that help them overcome them.

Positive role models

The characters are great role models for preschoolers. Their adventures give them opportunities to ask questions, solve problems, and learn from the mistakes they make. Their positive attitude ensures that they never get frustrated with themselves or their friends, and they respect each other’s individuality as an important part of their team. The characters are a mix of boys and girls, and each one’s special skill is equally useful and respected.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that preschoolers will love this colorful, upbeat series about a group of friends who team up to help others, and they’ll benefit from the show’s great messages about self-awareness, problem-solving, and having a positive attitude. The characters often make mistakes in their adventures, but each error teaches them a lesson and helps them attack the challenge in a more productive way. The animals put their individual skills to work when their friends are in a jam, which offers positive lessons about the importance of self-respect and appreciating your own talents.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In ANIMAL MECHANICALS, Rex (voiced by Jim Fowler), Unicorn (Leah Ostry), Komodo (Shannon Lynch), Mouse (Abigail Gordon), and Sasquatch (Ian MacDougall) join forces when trouble knocks for one of their neighbors. Each day presents a new challenge for the friends when Island Owl (Lenore Zann) shows them who needs help and they set off to lend a hand. Unfortunately, their adventures usually include some missteps, which compound their obstacles, but when they put their heads together and activate their individual super skills, there’s no challenge that these go-getters can’t handle.

Is it any good?

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Preschoolers will delight in this energetic series that’s set in a colorful world made of blocks, tracks, and cogs. The fact that every part of the Animal Mechanicals land can be disassembled and reconstructed is reflective of one of the show’s most positive themes: Mistakes happen to everyone, but with some patience and ingenuity, we can learn from them and start over again. The characters’ adventures are full of pitfalls, but it’s their positive attitude and ability to work through the challenges as a team that will stick with kids.

Alongside these lessons about cooperation are some equally satisfying ones about self-awareness, and these unique characters are great models of respect and self-esteem. Not only do they all look vastly different from one another, but they also have individualized skills like strength, flight, and speed that save the day at different points throughout the stories. Sure, kids can’t boast the same transformational abilities as Rex, Sasquatch, and the rest of the gang, but with parents’ encouragement, they can start to identify their own special talents and discover how they can put them to good use.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the challenges the characters face. Who was in trouble in the story? How did the animals try to help? What mistakes did they make? Did they learn any lessons from their mistakes? When have you learned important lessons from a mistake you’ve made?

  • Kids: What are your special skills and talents? How do you work to improve or practice these skills? How do you put them to good use?

  • Kids: How do you define a hero? Who are some of your heroes? Why do you look up to them?

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Kid, 8 years old June 11, 2011
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4
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the best

its the best show
What other families should know
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Kid, 11 years old January 8, 2011
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4
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This show is...LAME! I mean the characters don't ake sense. The plot stinks. Come on! I mean little kids will like it but, it's just dumb. Nothing more, nothing less.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byhellofelipe December 19, 2014
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3
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Great show for little engineers

My 3 year old daughter loves it. Very colorful, and their missions are simple enough that she gets it. I would recommend it for any kid.
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