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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Social and developmental skills are highlighted here. Helpful friends take responsibility for their mistakes and work together to help the Mayor of Chuggington and the Skipper Stu. Lots of musical messages about learning as a team and working with friends to make life better.
Always help your friends. Working together is fun. Teaching friends new skills is important to help the group. Being imperfect is OK. Take responsibility for your mistakes. Ask for help when you need it. Making mistakes happens to everyone. Kindness is important to the wellbeing of the group. Everyone has their own unique strengths.
Positive Role Models
Gentle guidance from Skipper Stu helps the trains finish their tasks. Mayor Pullman understands if mistakes are made. Her leadership style is structured but understanding.
The trains and the humans have diverse backgrounds. Mayor Pullman is a Black woman. The train called Tai comes from Asia, where she learned Feng Shui. Girl trains are as active and strong as the boy trains.
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Violence & Scariness
Some perilous situations, like rock slides that trap trains, machines running wild, trains running off the tracks. No intentional or graphic violence.
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Products & Purchases
The trains love to eat ice cream, which they sing about. There are wooden toys relating to this series, but they are no tie-ins in the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that friends helping friends is the main theme of Chuggington: Tales from the Rails. Eleven-minute episodes, which are geared toward preschoolers, do have some mild peril, like escaped machines causing some destruction, rock slides, and accidents, but no one is hurt. Upbeat music and lots of positive messaging about completing tasks and helping one another make this a good show for kids who love trains and trucks.
Is It Any Good?
Cheerful, bouncy, and busy, the trains of Chuggington model good behavior in a fun show. Kids who are train fans are going to love Chuggington: Tales from the Rails. Remniscent of Thomas the Tank Engine, but with way less creepy facial features, this show focuses on working together for the good of the group. It's got enough zip to keep active kids interested, and it's got good lessons about friendship for preschoolers. Girls don't get lost here either -- there are strong female characters who have good ideas in this show.
Parents may be relieved to find the musical numbers to be pretty catchy -- the production quality is surprisingly good. Kids will enjoy the adventures and tasks the trains are asked to fulfill. With lessons about teamwork and the value of mistakes, there are enough positive messages to keep everyone happy.
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