By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Young "trainees" teach preschoolers important social skills.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each story enforces early skills like colors, direction, and retaining verbal instruction.
The show promotes important social skills like paying attention, being a good friend, and believing in yourself.
Positive Role Models
The characters set good examples of friendship, dedication, and industriousness. The young "trainees" approach each new challenge with a determination to succeed, and when they make mistakes, they're sure to learn from them. Older, more experienced trains and workers are always willing to lend a hand or dole out advice.
Products & Purchases
The show is tied to a product line of toys, games, and clothing for kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about in this train-centric preschool series, which illustrates life lessons like honesty, patience, and being a good listener. Kids will relate to the young characters' eagerness to tackle new challenges and learn from the minor mistakes they make along the way.
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Based on 19 parent reviews
Good show, colorful, toddler friendly, differentiating between right and wrong but rip off of Thomas.
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What's the Story?
At the heart of the bustling town of CHUGGINGTON is a train depot that's home to Wilson (voiced by Morgan Overton), Brewster (Charlie George), and Koko (Brigid Harringon): three young locomotives learning the ropes of riding the town's rails. The "chuggers," as they're known, have a lot to learn about their trade, but with the gentle guidance of the railroad workers and experienced locomotives and their own eager determination, these three "trainees" are sure to earn their stripes in no time.
Is It Any Good?
Chuggington caters to preschoolers with age-appropriate stories and appealing CGI animation. Kids will easily relate to what the characters go through to master new skills, and the show even goes so far as to assign Wilson, Brewster, and Koko individual learning styles and challenges, reminding kids that while not everyone absorbs information the same way, we're all capable of conquering new tasks with a little determination.
The show's dedication to social and emotional development is underscored by stories that celebrate the importance of good listening practices, patience, honesty, and friendship. Add to that pre-reading skills like colors and direction, and this series is a sure-fire winner for preschoolers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the trainees solve the problems they encounter. What types of challenges do Brewster, Wilson, and Koko experience? How do the locomotives use their knowledge to help them out of jams?
Kids: Who do you turn to for help when you're struggling with something? How do parents, teachers, and other role models help you work through problems? What problems have you faced lately that required others' help?
Kids: What do you want to be when you grow up? What special skills do you think you'll need to do your job? How will you get those skills? What do you think you'll like about that job?
- Premiere date: January 18, 2010
- Cast: Brigid Harrington, Charlie George, Morgan Overton
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Friendship, Trains
- Character Strengths: Communication, Perseverance
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: January 14, 2023
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