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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Infinity Train is an imaginative adventure series in which a teen hops a train with cars that are gateways to different dimensions. There are some tense moments in which the heroine or her friends are chased by large or otherwise intimidating monsters, and the seemingly eternal nature of the train's various realities makes the story's ending uncertain. Overall, though, the series deals in whimsy and surprise in the many turns Tulip's experiences take as a passenger on the train, and in positive messages about friendship, trust, and self-reflection.
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What's the story?
In INFINITY TRAIN, teen Tulip (voiced by Ashley Johnson) strikes out on her own, desperate to find a way to coding camp when her parents realize neither one of them can drive her there as planned. In her haste, she hops aboard a mysterious train she discovers just beyond her house. Once inside, though, she realizes it's not so much a train as a portal to different worlds, each one existing in a different train car. With the help of her new ball-shaped droid friend with dual personalities, One-One (Owen Dennis and Jeremy Crutchley), and others they meet along the way, Tulip attempts to figure out a way to get off the train and back home.
Is it any good?
Refreshing, unique, quirky, whimsical: All describe aspects of this supremely delightful and consistently surprising series. Infinity Train is a journey into the unknown for both Tulip and her viewers. Granted, we get to watch the story unfold from the comforts of our own home while she has to endure and overcome it to reach her happy ending, so we're the luckiest ones. As Tulip and One-One find themselves in various dimensions of imaginary proportions, from a world of pixilation to one inhabited by short-legged felines, their problem-solving skills and determination are tested to the max.
But Infinity Train isn't just about Tulip's physical journey back home; it's also about an emotional journey that's set up in the first few moments of the first episode. Riled by her parents' recent divorce and irked that a scheduling mix-up threatens her ability to go to camp, Tulip has experiences that are also opportunities to reflect on her feelings and her family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what Tulip learns about herself from the experience of visiting different worlds by way of the train. Does her attitude toward her parents change as the story evolves? How can a change of atmosphere affect our perspective?
How does Tulip demonstrate resourcefulness and determination? What role do her friends play in her effort to get home?
How do Infinity Train's different worlds compare to the real one? What real-world inspiration can you identify for aspects of the dimensions that Tulip visits?
- Premiere date: August 5, 2019
- Cast: Ashley Johnson, Owen Dennis, Jeremy Crutchley
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: September 24, 2020
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