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Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels (2011)

Michael Angelis , Alec Baldwin , David Baas , David Mitton  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Angelis, Alec Baldwin, George Carlin, Michael Brandon, Jules de Jongh
  • Directors: David Baas, David Mitton, David Stoten, Don Spencer, Greg Tiernan
  • Writers: Abi Grant, Alan Hescott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lyons / Hit Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055SOAAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels" on IMDb

Special Features

• “Fiery Flynn To the Rescue” Game
• “Day of the Diesels” Karaoke Song
• “Hear the Engines Coming” Karaoke Song
• “Steamies vs. Diesels” Video

Editorial Reviews

Friendships are tested and conflict abounds in this 58-minute Thomas & Friends movie. When fire breaks out in an old farm shed on the Island of Sodor, it leads to the arrival of two new engines, Belle and Flynn the fire engine. Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas to show the two new engines around the island, and Percy ends up feeling alone and left out because his best friend Thomas doesn't seem to have any time left to spend with him. The diesels befriend Percy in his time of need, but it turns out that the devious engines are only taking advantage of Percy's discontent in order to get something they really want--the Steamworks. Will the battle over the Steamworks come down to a show of force between the steamies and the diesels, or is there some other way for all the engines to get what they want and need? Day of the Diesels explores what true friendship looks like and reaffirms the notion that only by working together and taking care of one another can Thomas and his fellow steam engines achieve their goal of being really useful, happy engines. (Ages 2 to 6) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

The Steamies and the Diesels face off in this action-packed movie adventure! When a fire breaks out on the Island of Sodor, two new firefighting engines – Flynn and Belle – join Thomas and Percy to save the day! When Thomas starts spending all his time with Sodor’s newest heroes, Percy is left feeling alone. Diesel sees this and invites Percy to the Dieselworks, where Percy is made to feel special by none other than the master of mischief Diesel 10! But Percy doesn’t know that he is part of Diesel 10’s master plan to take over the Sodor Steamworks. Can Percy lead the Steam Team to reclaim the Steamworks or will the Diesels make it their new home? It’s full steam ahead to sure-fire excitement in this all-new movie from Thomas & Friends™!

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit scary for the younger viewers September 10, 2011
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My son is 3 and normally loves the Thomas movies (Misty Island, Hero of the Rails), but this movie was a bit scary for him. I think it's Diesel 10 and his sparking claw that really scared him. I had to turn it off and try it again later. We eventually got through it, but he doesn't want to watch it again (unlike Misty Island and Hero of the Rails which we've seen a lot). The quality was really good, but it was a bit darker than the other movies. If you have a 2-3 year old, you may want to wait until their older.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Not scary to me" September 20, 2011
I have a 3.5 year old and I was worried after seeing the reviews on here that the movie would be too scary for my son. We watched the movie and there wasn't a time he wanted to turn it off. This has been the case with some children movies he has seen on TV. I wanted to write this review for those parents that were put off by some of the other reviews. There was a darker tone than Misty Island Rescue, but I thought it was a theme my son could grasp.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sinister April 8, 2012
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My two year old son is OBSESSED with all things Thomas. And he is terrified of this film. It's so sinister and creepy, and very dark. He hides under the chair in the corner, or he runs to his father or me and buries his face into our chests and cries when the diesel engines appear. And Percy is really sad in it a lot, which upsets him very much. He becomes devastated when Percy cries in the film. Percy is normally so upbeat, and he becomes a very depressed little engine. The music and mood is so dark and disturbing, and we really don't recommend it at all. It looses the innocence that is Thomas & His Friends.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Different October 13, 2011
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I must say I was incredibly surprised with the "intensity" of Day of the Diesels and it's slightly evil aura. However, I think it was a welcome change to the usual light-hearted Thomas and Friends episodes. I don't think very young children should watch it without an adult, especially if they are used to the nothing-bad-ever-happens-in-Sodor Thomas episodes. My 2-year-old son was slightly freaked out even though he watches movies about robots and likes scary stuff in general, but upon seeing the movie the second time he actually enjoyed it. He just needed to know that everything would be OK even with a fire and what-not. So all in all, I would recommend this movie if for no other reason than that it is a refreshing approach to the same old Thomas does something wrong, Sir Topham hat is very "cross", and Thomas proceeds to fix his misnomer. Happy watching!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame September 16, 2011
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We were really let down by this. After watching either Hero of the Rails or Misty Island on an almost daily basis, we were all ready for DOTD to arrive. Both my three and two year olds were scared by the fires and by Diesel 10. They liked Belle and Flynn, but that's it. Percy is ridiculous in this movie and we had to explain why he was acting like a wanker. And then we have to explain being devious and lying and tricking one another - all conversations we had zero interest in having with the kids at their age.

Such a shame because we're all such fans of the Thomas line.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too scary for the 3-year old target market September 11, 2011
My son loves everything Thomas the Train, but this video is just too scary. He much prefers Misty Island, Hero of the Rails, etc. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come for the Thomas franchise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 year old loves it, me not so much February 3, 2012
By J. Tsao
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I'm torn on the number of stars to give here. If I'm basing it on the opinion of my 3 1/2 year old son, who is the primary viewer, it would be 5++++, for me, it is more a 2 or a 3. This has become on of my son's favorite movies. He does not find it scary.

Day of the Diesels is one of the newer CG animation movies. My son doesn't seem to notice the difference, but I really like the old school stop animation movies much better.

The story is actually a little odd as well. Percy feels left out so he starts to hang out with the diesels who ultimately end up betraying them. Diesel 10 basically cons Percy and I'm not really a fan of that. In fact, this Diesel 10 has no resemblance to the Diesel 10 first seen in Calling All Engines. In Calling All Engines, Diesel 10 was scary and grumpy, but not at all evil. In this movie Diesel 10 is a slick, slimy con artist. Even more bizarre, after acting like an evil mastermind for the entire movie, Diesel 10 basically whimpers into a corner when Sir Topham Hatt tells him that he has caused confusion. I get that the movie wants to show kids that he is apologetic and contrite, but it just comes off a sudden weird character change.

On the plus side, the songs in the movie are great. There is a modern rock version of the classic Thomas song and a new Day of the Diesels song that's pretty catchy.
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35 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More like "Whining Percy and Bully Diesels" September 12, 2011
I've only bought two of the newer computer generated Thomas DVDs, and while the animation is absolutely fantastic, with realistic train motion and details, this particular story left a lot to be desired.
This is NOT for kids 3 and is simply too scary, the characters are too one sided (Percy is particularly annoying with his whining that nobody is paying attention to him) and the climax is a letdown.
There are really only 3 characters that get any lines...Diesel 10, Percy, and Thomas. The start of the DVD is like a long commercial for two new firefighting characters...a water spouting steam engine named Belle, and a fire truck that has both regular tires for the road and railroad wheels for riding on the tracks. That little story takes a good 20 minutes of the 55 minute running time, and there are no diesels to be seen while Percy whines that Thomas is too busy showing the new engine around the island. What a sucky baby.
My son and I were disappointed that our other favourite engines...Henry, Gordon, James etc. had mere cameo appearances as they raced by on other tracks. Edward was nowhere to be seen, Toby showed up in the final minutes to help the 'steamies' lead their gang-like rumble against the diesels who had taken over the steamworks. I've seen better story lines, and more character interaction in the 5 minute shorts of the original series than in this entire 'movie'. A real shame, as like I said, the animation is absolutely top notch.
This is not a story that kids will like. Make it a rental, or better yet, wait until your local library has it and borrow it for free.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loves this movie! He walks around the house saying Diesel Works & he just turned two.
Published 7 hours ago by Krystal Toth
5.0 out of 5 stars Not too scary for my 1 year old girl
my 3.5 year old son and 18 month old girl love this movie. Neither of them has been scared by this. At all. This is their favorite thing to watch at the moment.
Published 13 days ago by BFP
5.0 out of 5 stars and he loved the movie
My grandson is a huge fan of Thomas the Train, and he loved the movie.
Published 18 days ago by Harold Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
been watching it for two days
Published 26 days ago by Wes Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Diesel 10 is a real meanie but Flynn and Belle are great additions to...
My son loves this and I probably know it line by line. Diesel 10 is a real meanie but Flynn and Belle are great additions to this great cast!
Published 1 month ago by David The Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best
Published 1 month ago by 4x
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird Diesel Engines
The Diesel engines in this movie are weird. Young kids might be creeped out. Actually their parents might be even more creeped out like I was. Buy Misty Island Rescue instead.
Published 1 month ago by Jill
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it because it's something a little different
My 2 year old son loves this particular one because of the big Diesels. I like it because it's something a little different. Thomas gets old.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TB
5.0 out of 5 stars My 4 year old loves it
My kid loves everything to do with Thomas. Day of the Diesels is one of his favorite (and has been for a year or so now). Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Kelley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show
My kids love Thomas the train
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