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Thomas and the Magic Railroad

The Rev W Awdry's classic, early-reading railway stories inspired the quaintly agreeable '80s TV series Thomas the Tank Engine, with its catchy signature tune and Ringo Starr narration. Thomas has, however, suffered a regrettable makeover. Some of the engines, most of the cast and even the narrator have American accents. And that theme tune's gone. Now embellished with Lewis Carroll-style surrealism, the story takes up the series' much exploited theme of the new vs the old. Thomas' elevated position on the magical island of Sodor is again under threat from Diesel, who wants him shuffled off to the sidings once for all. Meanwhile, Mr Conductor (Baldwin) has lost his magic sparkle and, back in the real world, a miscast Fonda is having trouble starting a female engine with the power to put Sodor back on track. If all this sounds convoluted, well, it's a toddlers' film and anything goes.

Release details

Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Britt Allcroft
Screenwriter: Britt Allcroft
Cast: Peter Fonda
Mara Wilson
Alec Baldwin
Didi Conn
Michael E Rodgers
Neil Crone
Colm Feore
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Bruce013

My kids and grand children all enjoyed this film. I did as well, and it was all the more enjoyable with little Mara Wilson starring in it. Every time I look after my grandson, we watch this film, so it is great to see the adorable Mara Wilson.

Bruce013

My kids and grand children all enjoyed this film. I did as well, and it was all the more enjoyable with little Mara Wilson starring in it. Every time I look after my grandson, we watch this film, so it is great to see the adorable Mara Wilson.