Tuesday, November 15, 2011

(Closed) "The Chugger Championship" Chuggington DVD Review and Giveaway! Ends 11/28

This is our first experience with Chuggington! Buddy is a HUGE fan of trains, so I eagerly accepted the opportunity to review "The Chugger Championship" DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The young trainee engines learn to work together as a team, despite wanting to constantly create a competition and win. Within each story, great lessons on important educational and developmental messages centered on learning and social-emotional development are given. Here's a little more on this DVD:
In “The Chugger Championship,” the traintastic trio is ready to put their “wheels to the rails” for the biggest race in Chuggington!  These six, action-packed adventures will have the whole family cheering. Young fans join Wilson, Brewster and Koko as they prepare for a test, invent a new contest and pick up a fun hobby, while learning about the importance of accountability and responsibility.  Along the way, the three friends – and viewers at home – discover that a true champion isn’t always the one who finishes first! 
Buddy loves popping in this DVD and frequently asks to watch it. I have also watched it with him, especially since Chuggington is new to us. The Chuggington series is geared towards ages 2-7. I'm honestly surprised by this because I feel the messages could be a bit much for the younger ones. Buddy will be 3 next month so he's in the projected age range for this DVD. 

My small issue with this DVD is that all 6 episodes involve the 3 young trainee engines competing in some way during most of each episode. Condescending, sometimes hurtful or mean words are spoken between them or other characters in the process of competing to win. Sure, these things are common between kids or adults, but I'm worried that younger children might focus on all the negative, and not connect the positive message of teamwork and helping others you see at the very end. The message might get lost in translation for young kids who are just trying to understand the whole storyline and language in general. I just don't want Buddy to learn that winning is all that matters, and nothing else. He often runs around at home and in public and screeches to a halt while saying "I won!" This is something he got from Chuggington. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing necessarily wrong with this, or with a DVD that involves competition. The poor attitudes and whining of the characters is what gets me. Other parents may totally feel different, but that's what I think, and what my Hubby has said also. There are plenty of other programs that are more appropriate our son. I still like the DVD and think it's fun for kids, I'll just be putting it away for a while until Buddy is a little older.

Price: $16.99

The Verdict: Definitely a great DVD and Buddy loves it! Just be sure to watch it with your children first (just like any new DVD or program) to make sure it's right for your family.

Buy It:  Check out www.chuggington.com

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Nicki's Diaper Reviews said...

I have never seen this before...but my son is so attached to his Thomas DVDs and toys so he would probably love this! Thanks for hosting the giveaway mama