21 June 2011

The Little Engine That Could - Review & Giveaway

The Little Engine That Could comes to life in an all-new feature length movie filled with fun and adventure! When Little Engine must leave Dreamland to deliver toys into the real world, she sets her fears aside and learns that with a little determination and courage, anything is possible. 

·         Whoopi Goldberg (Toy Story 3, Ghost)
·         Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday, True Lies)
·         Corbin Bleu (High School Musical Trilogy)

Directed by Disney’s star animator Elliot M. Bour who created modern classics; The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast and Aladdin.

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With thanks to Universal Studios, my kids were lucky enough to receive a copy of this film to watch and review ahead of time. 

For the first few weeks, it was on high rotation. VERY high rotation. Mummy (me) put it away, until Sam (Master 5 year old) discovered it about a week ago... and it's back on high rotation. 

Both of my children have fallen in love with this film. 

Sam loves it because it's got trains in it - which boy doesn't love a film with trains in it? 

Amelia loves it because the train is a girl train PLUS she likes all of the amazing colours and cute characters.

I'm pleased that they like it, as it's a fun film that I know they can sit and watch without worrying it's too "old" for them. 

This film teaches children the value of optimism, determination and hard work to achieve their goals.

If you'd like to see the trailer, go to the Universal Pictures page HERE. There is even a Little Engine colouring sheet to download.

Available on DVD on 29 June 2011
Running Time: 1hr 22min
Rating: G
With thanks to Universal, I have a copy of this DVD to give away. If you'd like to be in the draw to win a copy, please leave a comment telling me:

What is your child's favourite movie?

Giveaway will be drawn on 30 June 2011
Open to Australian residents only.

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was given for this review. I did, however, get to keep a copy of the DVD to review it. All opinions are my own or of my family, where applicable. 


  1. GS#1 is only sixteen months old but is a keen "Thomas the Tank Engine" fan.

  2. Miss 3 loves Tangled at the moment and Mr 5 loves Cars. I swear I know all the words to those movies.

  3. "The Goonies" was their favorite movie

  4. My eldest's favourite...and still Transformers. He is 30 years old! I'm hoping my seven month old granddaughter will like some girlie movies.

  5. My GS likes ben 10 and 2 GD's like Tinkerbell

  6. My daughter has four children under four. The older ones love Beatrix Potter DVD's. They have just returned home to Tasmania and just loved GD and GM home in Vic as they get to see and ride on the trains, LOL.

  7. My daughters favourite is Mary Poppins. She just adores it. Thanks so much for a lovely giveaway.

  8. My kids favourites change regularly. At the moment it is the 3rd Toy Story for Blake, although he asks for 'Long hair' (Tangled) a lot even though we don't own it. For Tyler it is Yogi Bear.

  9. Miss 3 loves Tinkerbell and Master 2 Cars ...thanks :)

  10. master 5 just loves Wall.E he loves the robot and nice he is!

  11. I always loved that story!!! I'm so glad to see they made a movie from it.

    Favorite movie for the little ones here is Toy Story - the first one.

  12. I so loved the Story of the little engine that could as a child, I have to go in this just so that my grandchildren can also enjoy it. My kids are too big for these sort of videos, but when they were little their favourite one was "Land before Time" about the dinosaurs.

  13. My kids love Thomas and Chuggington, so this one is bound to be a hit, too.

  14. Both my kids love Toy Story at the moment, they have all of them part 1, 2 and 3. My two year old loves playing with the figurines whilst watching the movie, so cute!

  15. My 3 1/2 year old son loves Ice Age 1,2 and 3. He loves the comedy in these movies as he is a little comedian himself always making us laugh. He even points to cracks in our ceiling and says 'Oh look, it's ice age'. Yeah! thanks for pointing out to us that our house is old bubby.LOL

  16. At the moment Annie is loving Care Bears. :)

  17. What an amazing thing to see the good old stories retold over and over again, guess that's the mark of a classic? Thanks for the opportunity to relive it with my family.

  18. My little guys fav at the moment is Jimmy Neutron and little miss love all movies Barbie.

  19. My Granddaughter loves anything Barbie and my Grandson loves anything "Trains" - Thomas, Chuggington etc....
    A very long time ago my favourite Little Golden Book was The Little Engine That Could.....

  20. I remember that story so well, it's a triumph over fear and doubt that has stayed with me and one that will benefit any child.
    grace at amnet dot net dot au

  21. Miss 4 loves Bolt, the story of a dog who thinks he has super powers, but after getting lost across the country discovers he doesn't and has to use teamwork and perserverance to get home again.

  22. My daughters favourite movie is The Sound of Music....I have lost count of how many times she has watched it!
    Penny Spreitzer


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