DVD Review & Giveaway: The Little Engine That Could (3 copies) Now Closed.

July 5, 2011 · 41 comments

Excitement levels are always  high around here when we get a new DVD sent to us to review. My little pink review team are pretty much always up for the challenge.  So when ‘The Little Engine that Could’ arrived the girls couldn’t wait to get to work.  From a parents perspective this is a movie with a great message about setting your fears aside and using determination and courage to achieve the seemingly impossible. It’s bright and engaging with a story line that keeps interest levels high. The character are beautifully illustrated  and captured the hearts of the girls quickly.  However, having said that, it does also have some darker and more scary scenes (centered on the nightmare train) that make it less enjoyable for the pre-school aged child.  Little miss pink (3) hid her eyes behind her hands and told it was “scary mummy” before she drifted  off to play with some toys. The two elder girls sat glued to the screen from start to end.

Biggest Pinks ‘I think I can’

Whoopi Goldberg (Toy Story 3, Ghost),  Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday, True Lies) and Corbin Bleu (High School Musical Trilogy) lend their voices to the major characters.  As always I spent most of the movie playing my favourite guessing game working out who was playing who.   

Biggest Pink "the nightmare train"

As a little holiday fun the girls decided to paint their thoughts  on the movie for this review.  As you can see the biggest pink caught on well to the theme of “I think I can”.  I think she, at seven, probably enjoyed this movie the most.  Which is a big recommendation as she is not the sit and watch television type – unless it’s very entertaining and action packed.

Middle pinks "Little Engine that Could"

The Little Engine That Could was released for sale on the  June 29, 2011.  It runs for 1 Hour 22 Minutes and is rating: G  (for Good Jolly Miss Molly there is nothing obscene in this Movie that mummy needs to worry about her kids watching).  Well unless they are 3 and don’t like scary nightmare trains!! 

The good people at Universal have given The Truth About Mummy three (3) copies of The Little Engine that Could to give away to readers. If you’d like a copy for your own little people  (or to giveaway yourself to someone elses little people) this is what you need to do.

  1.  Follow  The Truth About Mummy either with Google Friends Connect or by RSS feed.
  2. Leave me a comment below telling me why you’d like to win.
  3. For an extra entry share this on Facebook and/or twitter.  Then leave another comment telling me you’ve done this.
  4. Open to Australian Residents only.
  5. Winners will be drawn on  12th of July and notified by email.
  6. Good luck
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are my own.  I was not paid to complete this review, however did get a pre-release copy of the DVD to watch with my children for the purpose of completing this review.
1 Irena July 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I would love to win, because my son loves little engines!!

2 Di July 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I’d love to win because I think it would be a great DVD for my son 🙂
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3 ange July 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

shared on FB

4 ange July 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I have a little man who would just love this movie.

5 sarah July 11, 2011 at 8:02 am

I would love to win this, its my 2year olds birthday on Saturday and he is obssessed with trains~! He even sleeps with his tank engine every night and he would love this for his birthday!

6 Rachel July 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

Great review, loved the girls drawings too!

7 Hazel July 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Loved this as a child and Im sure my boys will love it too! how exciting 🙂 shared on facebook :))

8 Samantha July 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I would love to win for my little cousion who is aspergers and his obsession is trains! He watches things over and over again and i think with this movies positive message it would be great for him! 🙂

9 Karen July 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Just tweeted 🙂

10 Karen July 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Just Shared on Facebook 🙂

11 Karen July 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

My little guy would love this prize he has just started started showing an interest in trains 🙂

12 Barbara July 10, 2011 at 10:04 am
13 Barbara July 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

following bardie
great bday pressie

14 Jasmine July 10, 2011 at 9:59 am
15 Jasmine July 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

folling on google -jaz
i’m still a kid at heart
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16 Mick July 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Joseph is so into his train that he says he wants to be a train driver when he grows up. Meanwhile he keeps satisfied watching train based dvd’s and playing with his little train set

17 Melissa July 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

I also loved this story as a child and the message behind it. My son would love the DVD as he likes anything mechanical but I think the message would be a good one for him too. Shared on Facebook TOO!

18 Leila July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

FOllow and have shared on Twitter… it can be found… https://twitter.com/#!/Leimaycherry/status/88771563977048065

19 Leila July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

I follow on FB and have shared… can be found… https://www.facebook.com/leimaycherry/posts/200909819959098

20 Leila July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

I’d love to win a copy of this movie. I find many of the modern movies just aren’t like they were when we were little, they lack some moral or life story in them and while i’m fine with the kids watching most of the childrens programs it would be nice if there was something they could learn from a movie without knowing it!
(And because mummy would like to see the new version :))

21 Leila July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

I follow via GFC and email (cos i don’t want to miss anything 🙂 )

22 Melanie Graham July 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

I have followed The Truth About Mummy with Google Friends Connect and look forward to having a read through your blog. 🙂
I have followed you on facebook and shared it on my wall and I have followed you on Twitter and retweeted. 😀

23 Melanie Graham July 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

I have 4 little train-mad children and their eyes would light up if I was to give them this lovely DVD. This story has always been a favourite with me, the lesson is a very valuable one. Thank you to The Truth about Mummy and also to Universal for this wonderful give away.

24 Kymmie July 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Oh, my ‘blues’ sure do love this book. It’s a regular picked out by them. And what a joy your pinks have in being little reviewers! So cute! I’m in again (and so inspired by the fact that I just won something here last week – oh, the kids LOVE the CD. We haven’t had a chance to watch the DVD yet… but soon)!

Have a great Thursday Caz. xx

25 Nic July 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I remember having this book read to me when I was a little girl! I would love to be able to share it with my 2 daughters. Its such a valuable lesson to learn.

26 Grace July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Just shared the link on FB too 🙂
Can ya tell I want this bad ??? 🙂

27 Grace July 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Tweeted @mamagrace71

28 Grace July 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This is such a classically beautiful story. So glad they’ve made a movie. And how can you go wrong with Whoopi Goldberg’s voice ? (She was one of the naughty hyenas in ‘Lion King’…)
P.S Already following you on FB 🙂

29 Anthony July 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

Good, clean, entertainment for my two baby girls (when they get old enough)! Actually, I keep forgetting my oldest is already 3… not long before she might enjoy it!
Tweeted too: @mredge007

30 melanie whittle July 6, 2011 at 11:21 am

Tweeted @hootylishous

31 April Manley July 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

I have tweeted this competition.

32 April Manley July 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

I would like to win as my 4 year old and 3 year old would love this movie!

33 Hear Mum Roar July 6, 2011 at 1:37 am

I’m following you on friend connect:)
I would like to win as my two youngest kids are mad about trains!

PS, I think those paintings are gorgeous!

34 melanie whittle July 6, 2011 at 12:06 am

My son loves trains right now and i love the positive reinforcement this movie offers.

35 Tat July 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm


36 Tat July 5, 2011 at 10:58 pm

My kids have made me watch the trailer about a million times now and I think the only way to stop watching it is to get them (or win) the real thing.

37 Ann Sculley July 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

have shared on fb and following by RSS

38 Ann Sculley July 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Absolutely loved this story as a chld and my daughter would also love it if she got to see it 🙂

39 Sandra G July 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

My 2 year old grandson would be scared like Little Miss Pink, but my 7 and 5 year old granddaughters would love it. I would like to win this DVD giveaway as I think it would be great to keep replaying to them all to help instill a “I think I can” attitude in them. Thanks

40 Caroline Kelly July 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I think that sometimes, everyone needs that extra motivation. Once in momentum, the positive outcome can surprise the enthused.

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