Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016
by Paul in Watch With Father
So two months ago I said I would write something about Chuggington. The thing is, Chuggington is an above average pre-school CGI cartoon about talking trains. But it’s neither especially innovative nor is it astonishingly good. What it is, really, is the polished modern incarnation of one of the classic tropes. It’s most interesting as a point of comparison.
Chuggington is about the adventures of a group of talking trains in a city conveniently built entirely around trains. The show follows a group of young trains – “trainees”, naturally – as they learn to, well, be trains. And work together and be good friends and, you know, all that sort of thing.
Now, trains are very popular with the very young. But they’re also a cornered market. If you’re doing a pre-school series about trains then you are going head to head with one of the big guns – Thomas the Tank Engine.