Infinity Train

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommendPopular with kids
Delightful, whimsical animated series has likable heroine.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Viewers see Tulip adapt to and learn from each new situation. She finds new friends who help her work through the puzzles and puzzling events that stand between her and getting home. Tulip's critical thinking skills, honed in her hobby of coding, help her overcome challenges. Story touches on her parents' recent divorce and the emotional effect it has on her.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tulip is resourceful and independent. She makes friends easily and remains determined to figure out a way home. Her friends, while unusual and a little quirky, are helpful in her quest.

 

Violence

Cartoon-style action and monsters. Giant insects chase Tulip, and one seems to draw out her life essence before it's stopped. A large creature shoots lasers from her eyes. Several moments of peril. An aspect of the plot involves a countdown to what Tulip presumes is her death.

 

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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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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bygenesee August 28, 2020

The age rating increases with each book/season

I would say book one is okay for all ages, but might spook smaller kids with the darker parts.

Book two is a little more violent (especially at the end) but ov... Continue reading
Adult Written byamarpayton May 9, 2020

One of CN's Greatest Shows Ever! (If You're Into Dark Serialized Stories)

Infinity Train is a masterpiece, plain and simple. It does a great job at showing that the true way to get past personal trauma is to address it instead of bury... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPearl Peebles August 23, 2019

Great show with WONDERFUL writing

Infinity train is a near perfect masterpiece of a show. The creativity, the world building, and the new circumstances Tulip finds herself in in each car are so... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySaltieChips September 24, 2020

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? 

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