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Kids these days demand cutting edge special effects or at least a clever plot with cute charectors. This movie has neither, having lost in its Americanization what the British original did so right. Read critic reviews

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Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are being threatened by diesel engines like the surly Diesel 10 and his sidekicks Splatter and Dodge. Even the magical Mr. Conductor, who has always traveled between the train world and the human world of Shining Time Station, is losing his powers and sparkle. In the middle of this crisis, Lily meets up with Mr. Conductor on the way to visit her lonely grandfather Burnett Stone. Brave Thomas reminds them all that "even little engines can do big things."

Cast & Crew

Peter Fonda
Burnett Stone
Voice
Mara Wilson
Lily
Voice
Alec Baldwin
Mr. Conductor
Voice
Didi Conn
Stacy
Voice
Michael E. Rodgers
Mr. C. Junior
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Cody McMains
Patch
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Russell Means
Billy Twofeathers
Voice
Shelley Skinner
Associate Producer
Mark Jacobsen
Co-Producer
Don Black
Lyrics
Sue Ennis
Lyrics
JNR Campbell
Original Music and Songs
Mike O'Donnell
Original Music and Songs
Luis Sequeira
Costume Designer
Bill Neil
Visual Effects Supervisor
Ron Wisman
Film Editor
Oleg Lavytski
Production Designer
Charles Falzon
Executive Producer
Nancy Chapelle
Executive Producer
Barry London
Executive Producer
Brent Baum
Executive Producer
John Bertolli
Executive Producer
Britt Allcroft
Executive Producer
Britt Allcroft
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Britt Allcroft
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Critic Reviews for Thomas and the Magic Railroad

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  • Feb 27, 2014
    if you're not stoned or under the age of 10, you have no business watching this movie. the magic will be lost on you.
    Stevie S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2012
    Thomas and the Magic Railroad is propaganda for kids, nothin more and nothing less.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] I dont like this americanisation of Thomas The Tank Engine as much as the British TV Series I loved when I was younger. I used to like this movie but now I see how adequate it really is.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2011
    Thomas The Tank Engine has been known for being the most popular TV show made for children of all ages and it goes on for generations ever since, and for some reason, it was based on the Shining Time Station TV show (the only show that I've haven't watched). I have one question before I start reviewing this movie that was based on the show: Is it fair to make fun of a movie you like from your childhood? Hardly, but I've got no time to waste. Time to review. The story focuses on Mr. Conductor as his magic gold dust is running low. Desperate to find it in order to get back to Shining Time, he embarks on a journey to Sodor to find the magic gold dust there. Meanwhile, Thomas the tank engine tries to find off the attacks of the evil Diesel 10 before he finds the lost steam engine and destroys it. Getting all the help from his cousin, his new friend Lily, and her grandfather, Mr. Conductor helps find the engine that has been hidden for years in order to find all of the magic gold dust that has also been hidden. What's so bad about this movie? The storyline was inconsistent, in my opinion. It had a lot of flaws and plot holes I don't even know how many they were. The storytelling was very poor, and even the script was so bland. What's so good about this movie? The cinematography was creative, the acting wasn't half bad, the pacing was good, the visuals were great the music score was very good, and most of all, it had the potential of the TV show despite the fact that the critics said it got americanized. Thomas and the Magic Railroad isn't good nor horrible either. It's a very mediocre family movie, but at least they brought the TV show to life on screen. It's worth a watch on VHS and DVD only. 5/10
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