A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The story intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does include messages about teamwork and the idea that every job is important regardless of its size.
Viewers see that Mandy Mail’s unwillingness to do a job she thinks unimportant has repercussions for others and not just her. The value of cooperation is a prominent theme as well.
Positive Role Models
Mandy Mail puts her own desires over those of her new friends, and it threatens the holiday for all of them. When she realizes the error of her ways, she makes positive changes and takes more responsibility for what she does. Her Tracksville friends demonstrate patience and compassion in helping her to do so.
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This holiday special is part of the Mighty Express series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas is a holiday special from the Mighty Express series that introduces a new character to Tracksville and illustrates the value of cooperation and of fulfilling responsibilities through her experiences. The Tracksville trains have specialized skills that let them help the community in unique ways, but as Mandy Mail learns, it's by working together and by asking for help when it's needed that the real accomplishments are won. As with most other Christmas specials, this story puts its own spin on Santa, his helpers, and the inner workings of the North Pole, all with merry tidings for those who watch.
Is It Any Good?
This holiday story has a great message about responsibility and cooperation that's framed nicely for its young viewers. Mandy's predicament is a relatable one; while all of her new friends are busy doing "important" work getting ready for Christmas, she's asked to do one that's decidedly less exciting. Feeling put out, she decides to skip it (and not tell anyone, of course), but it proves the proverbial cog in the wheel of holiday success. She makes amends and even learns to (gulp!) ask for help when she needs it, and everyone's Christmas proves merry as a result.
That said, viewers may find the somewhat harried pace of A Mighty Christmas a bit off putting. At times the story gets lost in how scenes transition quickly and the characters' dialogue follows suit. Compared to the slower, more simplistic structures of most favorite preschool productions, this one challenges the concentration a bit more. Even so, kids who like the series will want to watch, and they won't be able to miss the good messages it promotes.
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