Chuggington

 
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Young "trainees" teach preschoolers important social skills.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Each story enforces early skills like colors, direction, and retaining verbal instruction.

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The show is tied to a product line of toys, games, and clothing for kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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? 

TV details

Cast:Brigid Harrington, Charlie George, Morgan Overton
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Trains
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written bymediamomster May 28, 2012
 

Hooks the kids (even the girls) and teaches great lessons!

I love this show. My 3 year old son is OBSESSED with trains. We have been hoping to find a solution to Thomas and the vying for the love of sir topam hat and back biting that goes on in that show, and Chugginton was the solution. The storylines are extremely relatable to preschoolers. The main characters are learning life lessons just like our kids are, and they talk about lessons learned and why it's important to make good choices. For instance: play is good, but shouldn't replace the work you need to do. Friendly competition is fun, but remember to be charitable to those around you. Be considerate and thoughtful of others, etc. I also LOVE that each engine has their own personality, strengths and weaknesses. Great messages. I can't say enough good about this show. Plus the song is super catchy.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byNMetzger March 8, 2010
 

Why aren't the Storylines better??

As a parent I really can't sit and watch this show with my kids, it really is truely for kids. They love the Trains and the Theme song. This show is pretty much the same every episode. One train is never listening, or doing what it should, or feeling picked on, and the ending never really teaches about responsibility. The trains are very colorful and perfect, it really could have been a hit, if the storylines were better. My kids love Thomas the Train (and prefer it to Chuggington), and the storylines are far superior. But, overall, the trains make this show at least enjoyable for my kids even if it doesn't teach them anything.
Parent of a 3 year old Written bymomof2dd January 28, 2010
 

a don't miss for little ones

We love it. The chuggers learn lessons from cooperation to colors. It's colorful and lively. The message is positive. Mom and dad like it too.
What other families should know
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Great messages
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