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Parents' Guide to

Animal Mechanicals

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Characters' friendly adventures hold good messages for tots.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

Parents will get annoyed quickly (kids love it)

I would say that anyone 5 or older will get very bored with the overly optimistic attitudes of the characters and the repetitive stories. That being said, my 3 year old loves this show. It is cheerful and simple with a "never give up" lesson in every episode.
age 3+

Acceptable Show

I'm very involved in what my son watched. He chose this show and is really into it. It reminds me of Bob the Builder. It's not very educational and it's very bright and colourful (read: visually stimulating) but I don't see it as being harmful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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.

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