Thomas & Friends: Hero Of The Rails 2009 TV-G CC

Amazon Instant Video

Available in HDAvailable on Prime
(223) IMDb 7.4/10
Watch Trailer

In the biggest multi-category Thomas & Friends event of the year, see and hear Thomas like never before in his first ever CGI animated movie!

Starring:
Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon
Runtime:
1 hour, 1 minute

Available to watch on supported devices.

By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Additional taxes may apply.

Product Details

Genres Adventure, Action, Kids & Family
Director Greg Tiernan
Starring Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon
Supporting actors David Bedella, Jules de Jongh, Teresa Gallagher, William Hope, Togo Igawa, Kerry Shale, Martin Sherman, Matt Wilkinson, Glenn Wrage
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating TV-G
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Other Formats

Customer Reviews

My kids love this movie!
Melanie C Wiitanen
My grandson LOVES this movie . . . I think he watched it three times while he was here overnight!
Dyann C. Dunn
Suffice to say that he has enjoyed all three movies so far, but particularly this one.
Justin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By R. Wolf on September 26, 2009
Format: DVD
The fourth Thomas movie down the line (after "Thomas and the Magic Railroad", "Calling All Engines", and "The Great Discovery"), "Hero of the Rails" makes the biggest change in Thomas's history so far; the entire film is done in CGI animation produced by Nitrogen Studios in Canada. All of the characters are now individually voiced, although Micheal Brandon returns to narrate through the film.

In the story, Spencer, a big silver engine from the mainland, is visiting Sodor to help build a private summer house. Thomas, after being teased about his size, foolishly tries to compete with Spencer, but ends up crashing onto an abandoned old line. There he finds Hiro, an old abandoned engine who once worked on Sodor long ago. Wanting to prevent him from being scrapped, Thomas promises to help return him to his former glory, along with the help of Victor and Kevin (a steam engine and a crane, respectively), who work at Sodor's famous "Steamworks". Along the way, he has to avoid the suspicious eyes of Spencer, and keep Hiro's secret from Sir Topham Hatt.
Not spoiling the end of the story, it's vaguely similar to "Magic Railroad", but it was fantastically executed overall. Hiro's character is very believable and likable, and Victor and Kevin make a wonderful pair on-screen. The story's moral is laid in through the narration, but isn't thrown right into the viewer's face, unlike most children's films, which is a refreshing change.

The film's main focus, however, is the new animation. While the original model series was wonderful, the new CGI is a breath of fresh air. The moving faces give a whole new life to the characters, and each locomotive looks as realistic as they can be.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on October 15, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My 4 year old went bananas when he saw that I bought this for him. He was so happy. I watched it with him the first time and I was impressed with it. The Thomas movies have always been good for kids and now that they are animated it is even better. Not quite as creepy I think! So if you have a Thomas fan in your house this is a must see & buy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Barile on November 27, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My daughter loves Thomas the Tank Engine but sometimes the videos make me want to eat nails. That stupid song gets caught in my head and the stories just seem so short and underdeveloped. This movie is very different. The music is more modern (read: no annoying children's choir)and the character voices are much more natural. The longer story was developed well and did not seem to end abruptly. I actually enjoyed watching this Thomas video with my daughter.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Stockett on April 25, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought Hero of the Rails for my 2-year old. He is an absolute Thomas fanatic!

This movie does not dissappoint. Initially, I was not a fan of the CGI. After watching what seemed like endless hours of Thomas minatures and voiced-over character dolls in the older shows, it seemed that was the only proper way to watch Thomas. The CGI would simply cause "confusion and delay".

Was I wrong! CGI breathes new life into this series. The characters have lost that "homey" feel of the minatures, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the graphics. The scenes flow very well, and I must admit, they hold your attention better than "The Great Discovery".

The storyline is very believable: a broken-down and forgotten engine is made new again. This seems to be a recurring theme in many Thomas episodes: Something old is made new. Or, something old is worth keeping around, e.g., steam engines in the age of diesel.

The characters are great! Some of the voices are bit overboard, such as Gordon's "High & Mighty", and Henry's whine. Spencer's voice is perfect, as are Hiro's and Emily's. Personally, I don't care for Thomas's voice. It seems a bit too youngish, but considering who this DVD is aimed at, it works for kids. As was mentioned in an earlier post, Victor and Kevin are a match made in Heaven: the seasoned veteran and the new kid in the shop. Perfect!

Without getting too specific and spoiling the movie for all, I will just say this movie is great for kids and adults. I have even snuck it into the DVD player when no one was around...

Buy it. You won't regret it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George C. Fiedler on December 30, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This new Thomas and Friends movies uses more animation than the old TV series, typical of recent Thomas stories available on video. I'm not in favor of the animated facial expressions and speech, nor the fully animated Topham Hat. However the story in this particular full length movie was much better than previous Thomas movies or episodes. My 3 year old was not overwhelmed or confused by it, and we all really liked the new character, a Japanese engine called Hiro. The story was well-written, and except for the open ended fairy tale ending - it reaches a reasonable conclusion. The movie also used one of the better voice narrators, though not for all the character voices.

I recommend it and hope you can get a good deal on it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shop Girl on November 10, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My 2 year-old daughter has recently expressed excitement over buses, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, and trains...so I thought she might get a kick out of a Thomas video. Once I popped it in, she was hooked. It's actually a very cute movie, and carries a nice message about friendship. The new CGI format is wonderful, and I prefer it to the traditional style (this may be my preference because we started with this format in the first place). I'm waiting for the next Thomas full-length movie, as I prefer it to the videos with short stories.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again