Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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as Mr. Conductor
as Grandpa Burnett Stone
as Lily's Mother
as Billy Twofeathers
as Diesel 10/Splatter/Gordon
as Mr. C. Jr.
as Young Burnett
as Young Tasha
as Annie & Clarabel
Critic Reviews for Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Scenes with Peter Fonda as a melancholy grandfather -- he couldn't get a cherished engine running in time for his late wife to ride it -- periodically bring the movie screeching to a halt.
If all this sounds convoluted, well, it's a toddlers' film and anything goes.
It's very slow, though it does offer a respite from the overactive animation that kids are mostly subjected to.
A really unnecessary movie, whose purpose is primarily to promote the inevitable home video.
You really don't want to be railroaded into seeing it.
Audience Reviews for Thomas and the Magic Railroad
[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.
Thomas and the Magic Railroad is propaganda for kids, nothin more and nothing less.
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
Thomas and the Magic Railroad Quotes
|Burnett Stone:||(Telling Patch about Lady) Long ago, I made a mistake as Lady's caretaker. An evil Diesel found Lady and threatened to destroy her. He chased her, used up all her coal, then he crashed her. I tried my best to fix her up...But I've never been able to make up for the mistake i made.|
|Mr. Conductor:||Sparkle sparkle sparkle!|
|Mr. Conductor:||(to James) I think that red is bright and cheerful, just like my sparkle. Or at least it was; and must be again.|
|Mr. Conductor:||[to James] I think that red is bright and cheerful, just like my sparkle. Or at least it was; and must be again.|
|Burnett Stone:||Well, my lady, the lights are all green for you now.|