Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

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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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The movie chronicles the adventures of a young girl called Lily, who sets off to visit her lonely Grandpa, but finds herself on a great adventure that leads to a meeting with the world's favorite steam engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and the magical Mr. Conductor. The trio become involved in a classic good versus evil story that takes place in Mr. Conductor's special universe. At one end is the Island of Sodor, and at the other Shining Time, nestled deep in the Indian Valley. Linking these two worlds is The Magic Railroad. This harmonious world of magic and innocence is put in danger by greed and cynicism. However, Lily and Thomas, with the help of a special dog called Mutt, a young boy named Patch, Mr. Conductor Junior and a host of other colorful characters triumph, bringing the story to its happy end.
Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: Britt Allcroft
Written By: Britt Allcroft
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
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Cast

Alec Baldwin
as Mr. Conductor
Peter Fonda
as Grandpa Burnett Stone
Russell Means
as Billy Twofeathers
Didi Conn
as Stacy
Jared Wall
as Young Burnett
Lori Hallier
as Lily's Mother
Eddie Glen
as Thomas
Neil Crone
as Diesel 10/Splatter/Gordon
Kevin Frank
as Dodge/Bertie/Harold/Henry
Shelley Elizabeth Skinner
as Annie & Clarabel
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Critic Reviews for Thomas and the Magic Railroad

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (22)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If all this sounds convoluted, well, it's a toddlers' film and anything goes.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's very slow, though it does offer a respite from the overactive animation that kids are mostly subjected to.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A really unnecessary movie, whose purpose is primarily to promote the inevitable home video.

Full Review… | April 5, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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Full Review… | July 25, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Thomas and the Magic Railroad is propaganda for kids, nothin more and nothing less.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright
½

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

Gavin Cresswell
Gavin Cresswell

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