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== Bad Qualities ==
 
== Bad Qualities ==
# '''False Advertising:''' The biggest problem with this movie and why it got hugely brought down is that its title is incredibly misleading. While Thomas is the title character in this movie, '''he gets very little screen-time with only 11 minutes''' (and also his Friends). Only '''12%''' of the film focuses on him. In fact, the movie could be written without him and nothing would change, as the movie focuses more on the human characters, both original and from ''Shining Time Station'', rather than Thomas and his Friends. Watch [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9tn13sYxac this video] showing how little screen-time he gets compared to 85 minutes in the movie.
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# '''False Advertising:''' The biggest problem with this movie and why it got hugely brought down is that its title is incredibly misleading. While Thomas is the title character in this movie, '''he gets very little screen-time with <u>only 11 minutes</u>''' (and also his Friends). Only '''12%''' of the film focuses on him. In fact, the movie could be written without him and nothing would change, as the movie focuses more on the human characters, both original and from ''Shining Time Station'', rather than Thomas and his Friends. Watch [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9tn13sYxac this video] showing how little screen-time he gets compared to 85 minutes in the movie.
 
#* Thomas himself also doesn't get a lot of character development, resulting in him coming off as underdeveloped and difficult to relate to. Eddie Glen's voice while tolerable, doesn't help either.
 
#* Thomas himself also doesn't get a lot of character development, resulting in him coming off as underdeveloped and difficult to relate to. Eddie Glen's voice while tolerable, doesn't help either.
 
# Speaking of Thomas' friends, Edward, one of Thomas' closest friends, is absent in this movie. This infuriated fans because he was the first engine in ''The Railway Series''. This absence was due to Edward's model not being finished on time, hinting that this movie was another case of [[Movie Production Rushing|being rushed.]]
 
# Speaking of Thomas' friends, Edward, one of Thomas' closest friends, is absent in this movie. This infuriated fans because he was the first engine in ''The Railway Series''. This absence was due to Edward's model not being finished on time, hinting that this movie was another case of [[Movie Production Rushing|being rushed.]]

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Thomas and the Magic Railroad
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For Thomas' first feature film, test audiences really messed it up.
Genre: Adventure
Fantasy
Directed By: Britt Allcroft
Produced By: Britt Allcroft
Phil Fehrle
Written By: Britt Allcroft
Starring: Peter Fonda
Mara Wilson
Alec Baldwin
Eddie Glen
Britt Allcroft
Didi Conn
Russell Means
Cody McMains
Michael E. Rodgers
Neil Crone
Kevin Frank
Distributed By: Destination Films (United States)
Icon Film Distribution (United Kingdom)
Release Date: July 14, 2000 (United Kingdom)
July 26, 2000 (United States)
Runtime: 85 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $19 million
Box Office: $19.7 million


Thomas and the Magic Railroad is an 2000 British-American adventure fantasy film based on the British TV series Thomas & Friends, The Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry, and the American TV series Shining Time Station. This was the first Thomas the Tank Engine feature-length movie. When the film was released, it received overwhelming negative reviews from critics and fans alike because of the acting, special effects, absence of Thomas, the underdevelopment of the human cast, the movie's plot and lack of fidelity to the source material. The movie's budget was $19 million and grossed $19.7 million, making it somewhat successful.

Plot

Mr. Conductor's supply of magic gold dust, which allows him to travel between Shining Time and the Island of Sodor, is running low. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to get more. Meanwhile, Thomas and his friends are fending off attacks by the nefarious Diesel 10 on Sodor. Getting more gold dust will require help from Mr. Conductor's slacker cousin, his new friend Lilly and her morose grandfather, plus the secret engine he's hidden for all these years.

Bad Qualities

  1. False Advertising: The biggest problem with this movie and why it got hugely brought down is that its title is incredibly misleading. While Thomas is the title character in this movie, he gets very little screen-time with only 11 minutes (and also his Friends). Only 12% of the film focuses on him. In fact, the movie could be written without him and nothing would change, as the movie focuses more on the human characters, both original and from Shining Time Station, rather than Thomas and his Friends. Watch this video showing how little screen-time he gets compared to 85 minutes in the movie.
    • Thomas himself also doesn't get a lot of character development, resulting in him coming off as underdeveloped and difficult to relate to. Eddie Glen's voice while tolerable, doesn't help either.
  2. Speaking of Thomas' friends, Edward, one of Thomas' closest friends, is absent in this movie. This infuriated fans because he was the first engine in The Railway Series. This absence was due to Edward's model not being finished on time, hinting that this movie was another case of being rushed.
  3. Underdeveloped and uninteresting characters (mostly the human cast). Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) and Junior (Michael E. Rodgers) are fine, but the rest of the live-action cast isn't that good.
  4. While the acting is alright, it still has it's share of issues:
    • Peter Fonda sounds and looks really depressed and unenthusiastic in almost every scene he's in.
    • Lily (Mara Wilson's character) is a generic, clichéd, uninteresting, bland, and boring character who not only takes away the spotlight for Thomas the Tank Engine, but she also painfully underacts, with her mouth appearing to never be closed. Her acting could actually be comparable to that of Freddie Highmore in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory In fact, this was her final film role before she stepped away from acting to focus on her writing career (though she has since returned for minor roles in television and web shows).
    • Didi Conn does a fine job reprising her role as Stacey Jones from Shining Time Station, though she only appears for a few minutes. However, in the dream sequence where she's in a deserted Shining Time, Didi sounds like she's reading off a cue card dangling from the camera.
    • James' voice given by Susan Roman is just awful. It sounds way too feminine and unfitting for him being a male character. In fact, her voice makes James sound so feminine, it makes Veronica Taylor and Sarah Natochenny who voice Ash Ketchum from Pokémon, Nancy Cartwright who voices Bart from The Simpsons, and Debi Derryberry who voices Jimmy Neutron look bad in comparison. He was originally going to be voiced by Michael Angelis (the UK narrator for the series at the time), but test audiences said he sounded “too old,” as mentioned below.
  5. The movie was heavily altered due to negative feedback from test audiences, with many of these alterations negatively impacting the movie's quality.
    • The removal of P.T. Boomer, the film's original main antagonist. He was cut due to test audiences finding him too scary for younger viewers, but parts of his character were handed over to Diesel 10.
    • Removal of characters, the first being Cranky, who was going to have a small appearance in the movie. Most of his scenes would feature him knocking stuff over onto Diesel 10, Splatter, and Dodge.
    • Another character who was cut out was George the Steamroller, who was originally cast as one of Diesel 10's lackeys. Most of his scenes would've featured him destroying buffers in which he wanted to destroy the ones connected to the magic railroad. At the end of the movie, he would have redeemed himself by blocking Splatter and Dodge's way with a boulder.
    • Incorrect Voice actor changes for Thomas and his Friends (with the exception of Lady who is voiced by Britt Allcroft). All voiced by Canadians despite Thomas & Friends being a British children's television series. While many of the final film's voice actors are suitable enough for their characters and are mostly decent, James did not get lucky on this end. He and Percy were originally going to be voiced by the show's narrator for the UK dub of Seasons 3-16, the late Michael Angelis, but he was swapped out for Susan Roman and Linda Ballantyne, respectively, because of complaints about Angelis' voice sounding too old for the characters. Percy's final voice is decent and makes some sense since he's the youngest of the Steam Team, but James' final voice is too feminine for him.
    • Diesel 10's original voice actor, Keith Scott, ended up getting replaced by Neil Crone because of test audiences considering his voice too scary for younger viewers.
    • Despite Neil Crone getting the role, he at first tried giving Diesel 10 a gruff-Russian accent, but the test audiences thought he was being offensive, so instead he gave Diesel 10 more of a New Jersey accent, which at least the current voice sounds better for Diesel 10.
    • Plot holes and unexplained details resulting from scenes being cut that were "too confusing for both critics and audiences. (See the Trivia section). Some of them included the reason why Diesel 10 came to Sodor, why Tidmouth Sheds looks like it's under repair and Burnett Stone (played by Peter Fonda) telling P.T. Boomer during the climactic chase scene "No you won't, because the magic you refused to believe in will get the better of you!" He says this to Diesel 10 in the final version, which creates a massive plot hole because Diesel 10 does believe in magic).
  6. The film is a crossover of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Shining Time Station, but the fact that Shining Time Station is not explained well and said show never aired in the UK is confusing for UK viewers. The show never aired on ITV, or even the BBC for that matter (1995 documentary of The Railway Series aside).
    • Not only that, but even US viewers who are familiar with the show would find that it isn't very well represented in the movie. The film only has three of the major Shining Time Station characters, these being Stacey Jones, Mr. Conductor, and Billy Twofeathers, of which only Stacey's actress (Didi Conn) reprises her role from the series, with Alec Baldwin succeeding George Carlin as Mr. Conductor (himself succeeding Ringo Starr in the role) and the late Russell Means replacing Tom Jackson as Billy Twofeathers. The station's interior, a new set made for the movie, is similar but not quite the same as that seen in the series. Otherwise, there are very few elements from Shining Time Station, so the movie could just as easily be considered Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends featured in a generic train station in a town story.
  7. Shining Time is a combination of areas filmed in the US, Canada, and the Isle of Man, which don't mesh together very well.
    • One of the songs in the movie, "I Know How the Moon Must Feel" is exactly the same, in the movie version.
  8. Mediocre to sub-par editing. For example, P.T Boomer, the original villain, can still be seen in some shots on top of Diesel 10.
  9. While the He's a Really Useful Engine musical number by Hummie Mann is nice, It's set to a very pointless montage of Thomas and his Friends doing stuff, and what makes this weird is that there are zero humans like drivers, firemen passengers and workman to load their Trucks/Freight Cars.
    • Also depite being a song about Thomas, it's really misleading because more than half the clips are of his friends rather than him and thus the Mediocre to sub-par editing.
  10. The Island of Sodor is portrayed by model dioramas, with model vehicles and scenery, just as it is in Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, which looks painfully fake and out of place when the live-action characters are present on the island.
  11. The engines on Sodor do not have drivers or firemen, who are needed to run the engines in the television series. (There was even an episode where Thomas thought he could do his job without a driver and ended up crashing into a house.) In fact, Sodor appears to be completely devoid of any humans, except for model figures in Bertie, which raises many questions.
    • Lady, a magical engine, requires a driver to move, and that driver is Burnett Stone.
    • Bertie the Bus also has a driver inside him, but only a model figure of him, which is really weird.
  12. There are several flaws on Sodor, such as several trains without brake-vans, Thomas seemingly doing whatever he wants rather than working on his branch-line and Henry needing special coal (this issue had long been rectified in the series). Series fans have often criticized HiT Entertainment, who acquired the franchise two years after the movie was made, for these issues.
  13. Clumsy dialogue, such as "Well, my lady, the lights are all green for you now. Green for glory.".
  14. Generic Ending.
  15. The film somewhat deviates from both shows. Magic is never shown in Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Shining Time Station, as said shows are meant to be realistic, with a few exceptions.
  16. Some important characters from both Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Shining Time Station are absent.
    • As mentioned before, Edward, one of the main characters of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is absent in this film because it was felt that there wasn't enough screen-time for him and his model wasn't finished in time.
    • Most of the Shining Time Station characters are absent, as described above, not the least of which being Horace Schemer, the show's breakout character. This is somewhat understandable since his actor, Brian O'Connor, retired from acting in the mid-1990s.
  17. The scene where Diesel 10 tries to literally kill James by attempting to push him into a foundry vat at the Scrapyard can be way too dark for a G-rated film.
  18. The green-screen effects are awful and clearly visible on many occasions.
  19. Because Thomas and his friends get very little screen-time in the film and the fact that Shining Time Station takes up the majority of it, there's absolutely no point to them at all other than being used for filler (with the exception of Thomas and Diesel 10).
    • This also applies to Splatter and Dodge, who seem to do absolutely nothing to the plot, other than being used for filler, rather than being Diesel 10's quote on quote henchman.
    • Although Shining Time Station takes up most of the screen time, there are very few familiar elements from that show, as described in #5 above. The movie actually has more familiar characters and elements from Thomas & Friends.
  20. You'd think that because it's a movie, and they had a higher budget, they could increase the quality of the cameras, but that didn't happen. It's quite surprising, because the movie had enough of a budget to do so.

Good Qualities

  1. Sparkle sparkle sparkle.
  2. Despite Thomas' Friend's being filler, the introduction scene to him and his friends in this movie are great, with Diesel 10 perhaps being the best of the new engines. He, Splatter, and Dodge are entertaining villains. Despite Splatter and Dodge being filler and having no purpose in the storyline. It does show to be a good movie for kids to get to know Thomas the Tank Engine.
  3. The climactic chase scene involving Thomas, Lady, Diesel 10 and Burnett Stone is epic, despite the massive hole of what Burnett say's to Diesel 10.
  4. This film managed to be the very first time that the engines are given actors for the very first time. Though, they don't have them again until 2009 with "Hero of the Rails".
  5. While it has it's bad (or average) parts for the acting, the acting and voice acting are decent for the most part. Thomas and Percy's voices are tolerable, but Gordon, Splatter, Dodge, Henry, Lady, Harold, Diesel 10, Bertie, Toby, Annie and Clarabel have the best voices in the entire movie. Even Alec Baldwin had a ball working on the film, despite his overacting. Out of all of the performances, it is safe to say that Diesel 10's voice (given by Neil Crone) is the best in the movie.
  6. Burnett Stone has a very touching backstory that gives out a pretty good reason for why is he depressed for most of the movie.
  7. While a bit out of place and misleading, the movie's poster does look cool and gives out a somewhat magical vibe.
  8. Beautiful soundtrack composed by Hummie Mann. The one big highlight includes the cover of "He's a Really Useful Engine", originally composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell.
  9. There are some pretty funny moments here and there, such as:
    • The scene where Harold the Helicopter accidentally blows sneezing powder on Thomas, Splatter, and Dodge.
    • The scene where Mr. Conductor talks to a toy ball and a baseball bat.
    • Many of Diesel 10's moments, especially in one scene where he wants to show everyone "How to stop being stupid", only for him to get his comeuppance.
    • The changing facial expressions on Sir Topham Hatt's office portrait when Mr. Conductor fools around by wearing his top hat for several seconds.
    • Mr. Conductor's cousin, Junior (played by Michael E. Rodgers), is a pretty funny and interesting comic relief character.
  10. While only the script and little footage of it exists, the original director's cut is far superior.
    • Thankfully, the lost footage scenes, and shots have finally appeared in the Blu-ray version in 2020.
  11. Sir Topham Hatt and Lady Hatt are mentioned and we even see a picture of Lady Hatt, taken from Season 5's "Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday".
    • The reason for Sir Topham Hatt not being in charge of his railway is simple: he was away on holiday and asked Mr. Conductor to look after the railway for him.
  12. Had Britt Allcroft and her crew been given more time to work on this movie, or at the very least rewritten the movie to refocus more on Thomas and his friends than Shining Time Station, this could've ended up on the Greatest Movies Wiki (even though it still wouldn't have aged well).
    • The movie also would've been a little better if they didn't call it Thomas and the Magic Railroad, unless if elements from Shining Time Station are added. But to be fair, Shining Time Station does take up more of the screen-time more than Thomas and his friends. So it would make more sense to be called something like: Shining Time Station: the Magic Railroad. Which would've been a easily better title for this movie because really, it focuses more on Shining Time Station, rather than Thomas and his friends. So it would make sense to give it a title like that.
  13. According to the TTTE Wiki, the movie's version of "Really Useful Engine" got translated into French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Indonesian, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, etc.
  14. Just like Barney's Great Adventure, Some Thomas fans might enjoy this movie.
  15. The Japanese dub is excellent. Which can be found here. What's even noticeable is that Leo Morimito is the narrator instead of Mr. Conductor.

Reception

As of December 2015, Thomas and the Magic Railroad had an approval rating of 21% on Rotten TomatoesRWW based on reviews from 67 critics, with an average rating of 3.9/10. The site's critical consensus stated: "Kids these days demand cutting edge special effects or at least a clever plot with cute characters. This movie has neither, having lost in its Americanization what the British originally did so right." Metacritic gives the film a score of 19 out of 100, based on reviews from 23 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".

Box Office

The film grossed $19.7 million worldwide. During it's second weekend of screening in Britain it took in £170,000.

Trivia

  • The film had two dubs in Latin America; Thomas y el Ferrocarril Mágico (which is a literal translation of the original name and was the one released in theaters and home media), and Thomas y el Tren Mágico (which means Thomas and the Magic Train and was a made-for-TV dub). There's also another title from an extremely rare American Spanish VHS called "Thomas y la Via de Tren Magica", but it is unknown if its another Latin Spanish dub or just a VHS release of the theatrical dub.
  • After the film was released in cinemas, there were many scenes that were removed from the film for various reasons, with a couple of them even passing into urban legend-like status, prior of one of them finally being shown in public:
  • The original antagonist was Pete Tiberius Boomer (also known as P.T. Boomer), played by late Canadian actor Doug Lennox, who was known for his role as Albert the Bartender from the X-Men films and Dirtbag from Police Academy. Boomer was heavily featured in the trailers, but he was removed from the theatrical release and Diesel 10 was made the main antagonist. This was a call purely based on young test audiences getting scared by Boomer, so all of his scenes were cut and even re-dubbed without mentioning him.
  • P.T. Boomer has become so popular with the fans that, after footage was found of the original chase scene on YouTube, fans made a ton of fanart of him, even paying tribute to Lennox when he passed away on November 28, 2015.
  • Some voice actors of the engines that were featured in the trailers never appeared in the film and were replaced, like John Bellis (an fireman and part-time taxi driver) as Thomas, due to the test audiences thinking that he sounded too old, and Keith Scott as Diesel 10 (who is best known as the Narrator from Disney's George of the Jungle and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle). Like Boomer, he was deemed too frightening for young children, then it was changed to another actor with a Russian accent. The audiences was worried that it sounded too offensive, so then they replaced him with another voice actor who had a New Jersey accent.
  • There are some characters are never appeared in the film, such as Edward the Blue Engine, where he was one of Thomas's friends, Cranky the Crane, who dropped an oil drum on Diesel 10, and George the Steamroller, who was Diesel 10's lackey and tried to ram the Magic Railroad's buffers.
  • The original footage of the movie became so popular with the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends fans, that they wanted to see the director's cut version of the movie. If you want to find out about the history of the film, you can check and join on the Lost Media Wiki, Sodor Island, Restore The Magic's Facebook, and the official Thomas and the Magic Railroad wiki.
  • A sequel has been planned for this film but due to the failure of this film, it was cancelled and no other worldwide theatrical Thomas films have been released, though there are some other theatrical appearances of Thomas like the specials, some rail excursions and the 2015 film Ant-Man featured a memorable appearance of a Bachmann model of Thomas. Diesel 10 and Lady would appear in later future direct-to-DVD films such as Calling All Engines (Which was the only one that Lady appeared in), The Great Discovery, Misty Island Rescue, and Day of the Diesels. Diesel 10 would appear in one episode of the seventeenth series.

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Dominicmgm

19 months ago
Score 6

My friend is a huge Thomas fan and wants the director cut, and if I become a successful director, I will start a restoration called "Project Boomer" and it will have these changes

  • Full 4K restoration from a 35mm print, sorta like 4K77
  • Dolby Atmos mix, as well as original Dolby Digital track (if the print is foreign, I will use the DVD audio track) (included audio tracks will be English and Japanese)
  • HDR colour grading
  • New scenes using miniature props and actors, even featuring the Lady prop
  • There will be two versions, one with noise reduction (for viewing on small to medium size TVs and monitors) and one without noise reduction (for large TVs and projectors)
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Spongebuff1991

16 months ago
Score 6
Good luck with that!
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Mickey Mouse

19 months ago
Score 14

Well, I actually love this movie cuz I am a big Thomas fan, though I'm aware of it's flaws, and I also think Thomas' final voice in the movie was much better than John Bellis' voice.

And I think it's a trillion times better than The Grinch (2000)
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H.carrell

18 months ago
Score 2
i love this movie
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Spongebuff1991

13 months ago
Score 0
I do too!
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Spongebuff1991

17 months ago
Score 6
I enjoy this film, because I grew up watching Thomas back in the day and I still enjoy it to this day.
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Stephenfisher2001

17 months ago
Score 4
I love Thomas The Tank Engine too! :D
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Spongebuff1991

13 months ago
Score 0
A two disc anniversary Blu-Ray will be released this year for its 20th Anniversary.
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Mr. Dready

13 months ago
Score 4
I should see this movie and analyze it (Sorry if i wrote that wrong, although i'm a slovenian, and do know english very well, i still can't remember how to spell some words correctly) and review it when at one time i'm gonna review movies on my channel, btw i would see if this movie is really bad.
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Mickey Mouse

13 months ago
Score 6

I love this movie, I'm gonna buy the Blu-ray when it comes out!

I hope it contains the director's cut...
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Master Chief

7 months ago
Score 0
It does!
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Stephenfisher2001

13 months ago
Score 4
Let's face it, Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a classic.
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Stephenfisher2001

13 months ago
Score 10

Thomas and the Magic Railroad is averagely one of the BEST, and one of the better kids movies ever, and this movie is way, way WAY better than ALL terrible kids movie!

And also, I still love Thomas as being a kid to a grown, and still a fan to the franchise today! :)
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Stephenfisher2001

13 months ago
Score 0
Oh, one more thing, who the hell downvote me? :(
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Mickey Mouse

12 months ago
Score 4
I agree with that, I'm a Thomas fan at age 14 (soon 15) and I enjoy this movie
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Mickey Mouse

12 months ago
Score 0

The trailer of the movie is how I discovered one of my favorite songs, The World is New.

Also why were the comments deleted?
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Mickey Mouse

12 months ago
Score 16
Fuck you Grinch.jpg
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 0
XD
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Peter Parker

5 months ago
Score 0
Opinion respected,
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Mickey Mouse

10 months ago
Score 2
I watched a Japanese clip of the chase scene, and Diesel 10's scream in the part where he fell on the viaduct was HILARIOUS
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Rockman138

7 months ago
Score 0
This is why the Japanese dub is just as good as the original UK version, and the US version.
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

9 months ago
Score 2
I actually like this movie, I'd take it over Misty Island Rescue anyday.
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GrilledCheese800

8 months ago
Score 1
Shout Factory is releasing the DC on the blu-ray, the trailer was released on friday
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NeptunePerson2018

8 months ago
Score 1
I like the soundtrack to this movie, but the film was disappointing to the Thomas franchise. I hated this even as a kid.
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Freakasheekmoneek

8 months ago
Score -15
why do people obsess over thomas so much? its for fucking little kids
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Mickey Mouse

8 months ago
Score 16
Shut the fuck up, people are allowed to like Thomas even if we are teens or adults
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Trashanimal

8 months ago
Score 3
@Freakasheekmoneek That comment made me laugh inside
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Master Chief

7 months ago
Score 0
Don't just assume shows are bad because they are for kids.
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The Autistic Raccoon

5 months ago
Score 1
@Freakasheekmoneek, you realize that some kids shows, like Sesame Street, have adult appeal.
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YNNEB2002

7 months ago
Score 1
I'd take Thomas and Friends: The Adventure Begins (2015) over this. It's WAY better than this and I think it's the best Thomas film in ages. Although it only clocks around 45 minutes.
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Eli Boy

7 months ago
Score 0
I like Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure more than this movie. This movie is meh. Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treausre I kinda consider the true and actual Thomas the Tank Engine movie, but this film is more of a Thomas and Shining Time movie. I thought Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure was more cinematic. I still enjoy this movie despite it being meh. I had a private screening of this movie in August.
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Hiatt Grey

7 months ago
Score -2
Aren't all of these over exaggerations?
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Necropolis

7 months ago
Score 2
I actually liked this movie
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Necropolis

7 months ago
Score 0
I hated this back when I was a kid
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Stephenfisher2001

6 months ago
Score 0
Me too.
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Puar2000

6 months ago
Score 3

To be honest, I actually like this movie, and I'm going to see it in theaters with my mom this Saturday, since this movie is actually having a one-day-only cinematic re-release.

BTW: Junior and Splodge are my favorite characters in this film, and I used to not care about it when I was a kid.
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DJ2006

6 months ago
Score 0
I think the film would have been better if if sticked more with the Thomas & Friends TV series, with Michael Angelis/Alec Baldwin narrating in the style of the episodes and model humans.
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Spongebuff1991

6 months ago
Score 4
I saw this in the theater, not once but TWICE. Once as a child in 2000 With my Dad and my sister. And again in 2020 with my Mom for its theatrical re-release.
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Kiyah Walter

5 months ago
Score 0
This Movie is Terrible in my Opinion
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Peter Parker

5 months ago
Score 0
This is proof that Test Audiences are more corrupt than Critics.
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Lorcan Wooster

4 months ago
Score 1

It's failure was what let the franchise become a joke, and helped insure that it was not going to become a legacy brand (like many films or television shows did, like Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds), but ensured that it will go down hill instead and overstay it's welcome, and by overstaying it's welcome, it lived to see the demise of Video Collection International, the near-demise of Britain's animation industry in the late-2000s which led to it switching to CGI, the deaths of David Mitten, George Carlin (who narrated the show in the US for S1-4) and Michael Angelis, Mattel taking over the franchise and ruining the franchise with BWBA and the upcoming reboot.

Even in it's workprint form, it still feels like a bit of a mess, but it does try to work better.

It also was what got Gullane Entertainment go defunct because of it's failure, with the company being taken over by Hit Entertainment in 2002 and went defunct the next year.
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NeptunePerson2018

4 months ago
Score 1
This movie is a guilty pleasure for me.
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Stephenfisher2001

4 months ago
Score 2
Me too, to be fair IMO, I think this movie is overhated, and I liked this film also.
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MrMattHedrich

one day 10 hours 27 minutes ago
Score 0
I agree. The film would have been a great film to enjoy if it weren’t for the test audiences
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PhantomNati

one day 5 hours 9 minutes ago
Score 0
Yeah True

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