If I want to get my son to do just about anything he doesn’t want to do, I can promise to let him watch a Thomas and Friends episode and I suddenly find myself with a very compliant son.
The new DVD, Thomas and Friends: Wobbly Wheels and Whistles does not disappoint. This DVD has four new episodes, as well as some other new features.
Unique to DVD, Driver Perkins plays the host of each episode, as well as for other activities. He asks interactive questions that help get the kids involved in the show.
Thomas himself is now computer animated so we can now see him with a variety of new facial expressions that can change much more rapidly. I thought that I wouldn’t like the change, but, as it turns out, I actually prefer the versatility and brighter colors of the computer animation.
Thomas meets a new train friend, Scruff, who needs some help from Thomas, even if it means Thomas must get dirty. Thomas also learns valuable life lessons in his interaction with Victor, Ol’ Wheezy and Toby.
The DVD also includes bonus features: “Steam Team” puzzles and a bonus episode of Timmy Time. I know that the bonus features are a big selling point for adults, but my kids would rather just watch the episodes than worry about games or other bonus features. I think having a bonus episode, like the one about Timmy the Sheep is a better idea.
Overall, it is hard to go wrong with a Thomas and Friends DVD. My kids appreciate the simple storylines, and I appreciate the life lessons that are taught through the stories. We frequently refer to the various mishaps that Thomas and the other trains get into by making bad choices. When my kids have to make similar choices, we can use Thomas as a reference point to do the right thing.
This makes DVDs like this one extremely valuable in my book.