Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Holiday tale's frenzied pace can't obscure positive themes.

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Educational Value

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. 

Positive Messages

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.

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What 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.

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What's the story?

In MIGHTY EXPRESS: A MIGHTY CHRISTMAS, the residents of Tracksville are busy preparing for their favorite holiday, and everyone has a job to do to get ready. A newcomer named Mandy Mail (voiced by Gracen Daly) arrives in town and is eager to pitch in as well, but when she decides that her task isn’t as important as she would like, it threatens everyone’s holiday happiness. It will take the entire Tracksville team to get Christmas back on track and to help Santa make his deliveries in time for a merry holiday for the town.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Mandy's change of heart. How does it feel to disappoint someone else like Mandy does by not delivering the mail like she was asked? Is it fair to say that making that mistake taught her something important? 

  • Mandy learns that cooperating is important, but is it always the best way? Are there times when working by yourself is better than teamwork

  • What are your favorite traditions? What songs and stories do you enjoy sharing with family around this time of the year? 

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