Chuck, the adventurous young dump truck is back once again. And he’s brought all of his friends along for the “ride” in an all new collection of adventures from Shout! Kids, Hasbro, and The Hub. The brand new collection, titled, When Trucks Fly takes viewers on ten more fun-filled adventures that also teach some very valuable lessons. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends is just as enjoyable for kids and parents as the series’ previous release, Monster Rally. The episodes are short enough to keep younger viewers’ attention. And the bright, vivid colors do their own part in keeping kids engaged. The adventures themselves will entertain kids. And the life lessons tied into all ten episodes are equally important.
One of the best episodes included in this latest collection involves a motorcycle named Sam Steering who is blind. Through the use of his friend, Sidecar, he is able to get around easier. But he’s not entirely helpless. As a matter of fact, he even helps keep Chuck’s dad from slipping in some oil early on because he could smell the oil. Sam is a very helpful character to younger viewers in that he teaches kids that just because he’s different in not being able to see, he’s no different from anyone else. In understanding this, Chuck and his friends learn to use their senses to locate the parts and toy race car for a race track they want to put together. In a way, this teaches a very basic level of biology that will perhaps be the building block of getting kids interested in science. All of the lessons are tied seamlessly together to make an episode that is one of the best in this collection.
When Trucks Fly offers lots of great lessons for kids in every episode as already noted. Parents will especially appreciate this collection because at least two of the episodes included in this collection teach a lesson of cleanliness. Both “Mystery He Rode” (yes that’s a spoof of Mystery She Wrote) and “Super Sweeper Chuck” teach kids the importance of keeping things clean and neat. “Super Sweeper Chuck” teaches this lesson more directly than “Mystery He Rode.” When Chuck and his friends decide to go off and play a game without cleaning up after themselves, Rowdy is the only one who stays behind to clean. When Chuck’s dad comes along and sees this, he goes to get the others and bring them back. The others see the mess that they left and that Rowdy had stayed behind. They feel bad for having left such a mess and help clean up their mess. The musical montage included here will get kids engaged even more.
By comparison, “Mystery He Rode” teaches the lesson cleanliness in a more subtle manner as Chuck and his friends look for Rowdy’s missing horn. Chuck’s mom emphasizes to the boys that they need to put everything back once they’re done as they search for his horn. It’s good to see this lesson incorporated into this episode, too. Even more worthwhile in “Mystery He Rode” isn’t so much that lesson as the lesson of not falsely accusing others without proof. One of the boys is falsely accused of having taken Rowdy’s missing horn at one point. But thanks to Chuck pointing out one vital piece of evidence, his name is cleared, and the true location of Rowdy’s horn is revealed. This is yet another important life lesson that parents will appreciate having been taught. And kids will easily grasp it too.
Just as important as the lessons on cleanliness and accepting people’s differences, parents will appreciate the lessons of teamwork and honor in the episode, “Keep on Trackin’.” Chuck and his friends are Junior Spark Plug Scouts in this episode. During a scavenger hunt of sorts, Chuck and the others learn both of these lessons. Chuck and Flip end up competing with each other instead of with one another. They realize in the end that they hadn’t lived up to the teamwork or honor. But in realizing this, they both earn their honor badges because of their honesty and decision to make up and work together from then on. Yet again, parents and kids alike have one more important life lesson that even adults could learn from believe it or not. It’s just one more part of the whole that kids and kids at heart will enjoy with every watch. The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: When Trucks Fly will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, February 19th. It can be ordered online direct from the Shout! Factory store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/216660.
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