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Honk your horns - Toot! Toot! - It's the traintastic world of Chuggington where eager engines Wilson, Koko and Brewster are learning to become working trains.
The the three young chuggers, there are always adventures, fun and excitement on the rails as they get into scrapes in a deserted town and the Safari Park, help each other out of trouble, and discover the Repair Shed is not such a scary place after all.
It's 'Thomas the Tank Engine' all modernised up for a new generation. These little chuggers are young, willing to learn, yet full of all the misguided enthusiasm of any child. They get into trouble, make mistakes and messes, yet find it in themselves to fix up their mistakes and clean up the mess.
My youngest son, not quite 2 years old, is a picky lad when it comes to his televised entertainment. (This is good, as it means he's not a tube-addict.) He absolutely adores this disc... his favourite episode, and the one I felt was the most fun too, was "Frostini's Fruit Fandango" - where the lessons were important, and put across in a manner easily accessible by even the youngest viewers... OK, maybe not quite as young as 2, but still, you never know what really sinks in.
With 8 episodes on the disc, you are looking at a total of around 82 minutes all up... take out the credits and you are left with about 10 minutes per show... which is plenty long enough without pushing the limits of young attention spans too far. It even comes with captions for the hearing impaired... aka 'descriptive subtitles' that cover background sounds as well as dialogue.
Overall, this is another great DVD for the little ones, full of bright colours, clangy bells, and good lessons too. Well worth the price tag and readily available. If you haven't encountered this series before, keep it in mind as a gift for friends or family with younger kids.
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