Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Now Available on DVD -- Chuggington: Icy Escapades (Review)


"Everyone’s favorite trainees come home for the holidays with a “flurry” of warm and wonderful episodes from the award-winning TV series.  In this traintastic new collection of cold-weather adventures, the crew takes to the tracks as snow and ice cover Chuggington.  With help from their fellow Chuggers, the trainees learn how to make brr-ave rescue missions, dig their way out of snow drifts and even take to the skies when the wintery winds lift Hodge from the rails!  Young viewers will share in all the winter-focused fun, while they learn important lessons about teamwork and problem-solving in the DVD’s six seasonal stories, which include “Chilly Chuggers,” “Snowstruck Wilson,” “Wilson’s Icy Escapade,” “Heave-Ho Harrison,” “Hodge Sails Away” and “Rolling Reporter Wilson.”  

A colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show from Ludorum that reinforces early social readiness skills, Chuggington” airs weekdays on Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming block for kids ages 2-7, and daily on the new 24-hour Disney Junior cable and satellite channel.  The series is currently in its third season.  Chuggington” has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K.  The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia.  The series made its stateside debut in January 2010."


My Thoughts:
If you follow you blog, then you know that my daughter, Savannah, loves loves loves the hit animated series, Chuggington, which aires on Disney Junior daily.  Not only does she have a growing DVD collection, but she loves playing with her new Chuggington train set with her Daddy every night.  They plan to set up the train set around the Christmas tree once we put it up in a couple of weeks.  But, in the meantime, Savannah has been enjoying this new DVD release, which features Chuggington fan's favorite trainees, in a wintery wonderland.  

The DVD includes the following episodes:

  • Chilly Chuggers
  • Snowstruck Wilson
  • Wilson's Icy Escapade
  • Heave-Ho Harrison
  • Hodge Sails Away
  • Rolling Reporter Wilson

This 60-minute Chuggington holiday DVD will have children asking you to play the DVD from start to finish.  Usually, I will play 1-2 episodes at a time, but I found myself wanting more after each episode.  :-)  Out of the 6 episodes that make up this new release, I have to say Savannah's favorites were Rolling Reporter Wilson (as Wilson is her favorite trainee) and Wilson's Icy Escapade.  Even though Savannah saw snow last winter, she was too young to really understand and enjoy it.  When she saw the snowy tracks, she asked me what it was and why we didn't have it outside.  I can't wait for the snow to come and have the opportunity to have our own winter wonderland for Savannah to enjoy. If only it didn't have to be so cold for the snow to fall.   But, as we wait for the snow to arrive here in New England (maybe this Wed. or Thursday according to the newcasters), Savannah can enjoy the beautifully snowy scenes that make up these action-packed episodes of Chuggington: Icy Escapades.

Why not surprise your trainee with a copy of this new release as a stocking stuffer, or share before the holidays to get them in them excited about the snow. :-)

About “Chuggington
Chuggington is a CGI-animated series that follows the adventures of Wilson, Brewster and Koko, trainee engines, each with their own unique personality and learning style.  The series is set in a world much like our own with cities, villages and diverse cultures and geography.  Entertainment and enjoyment are at the heart of Chuggington, but embedded within each story are important educational and developmental messages centered on learning and social-emotional development. Chuggington is directed by Sarah Ball, who won a BAFTA award for her work as a director and writer of Bob the Builder™.  Further information is available at www.chuggington.com

About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children’s entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray formats. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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