A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The engines in this show have special capacities and specific jobs -- e.g., the electric engine goes quickly, and the diesel engine is strong. Modeling of helpful behavior is apparent in the show.
Believe in yourself. Learn the rules, and you can start to have fun. You can do hard things. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Everyone's job is important, no matter how big or how small. Make room for friends to shine. Following instructions can lead to great rewards. Every part is important. It's fun to compete, but even better to work as a team.
Positive Role Models
The "adults" like Gordon and Cranky can be stern when they speak to the younger trains, but they give praise when praise has been earned.
Faces and eyes of some trains look as though they might represent certain human ethnicities, but it's not very obvious. Girl trains are active and seemingly equal to male counterparts when it comes to tasks, but adults in charge tend to be male.
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Violence & Scariness
Peril in terms of trains tumbling off of tracks, storms disrupting service, or parts breaking.
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Products & Purchases
Train figures and play sets that correspond with this show can be purchased, and the Thomas toy empire is a long-standing success.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go! is a reboot of the classic Thomas & Friends series from the 1980s. This animated adaptation in short format is tailored to extra young kids. Expect minor peril when the young engines push themselves to do more than they're able. Storms, rock slides, or wheels getting stuck in the mud are all external factors that can create difficulties for the engines. Social-emotional lessons are taught in each episode.
Is It Any Good?
It's not the same, of course, but the question is: Can Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go! stand on its own in the Thomas the Tank Engine empire? This show is animated, and its upbeat, diverse cast and adventures that end in moral lessons will attract new fans. But the old guard will note that the show has lost some of the depth of the original series. And they may be right.
There's nothing here that's offputting for young kids. They'll be engaged in the adventures and challenges that Thomas and his friends face. But parents who grew up with the original show might miss some of the deliberateness and detail that the original series embraced. The fans of the original show might argue that these cartoon engines could be any old engines acting out adventures on the screen. As cute, fun, adventurous as this series might be to young viewers, it has lost some of the character that the original show enjoyed.
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