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Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)

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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lyons / Hit Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WVJ66S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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• "Sir Topham Hatt's Frosty Friend" Game

Editorial Reviews

Thomas has a special delivery for the season — the Star of Knapford, a festive light that makes wishes come true! Celebrate the holiday season with Thomas — from building snowmen, preparing holiday surprises, and celebrating a Misty Island Christmas party. The more friends the merrier, so join the fun and see that winter wishes do come true with Thomas & Friends™!

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it. November 3, 2010
I've come to recognize how even for a kids' show Thomas has become pretty formulaic, but I bought the disc against my better judgment. For a "special" (really just 4 episodes), there's really no additional thought or effort put in. Sure there's lots of great wintery-looking scenes, but all four stories are the same plot of a character being assigned a special but disregarding their instructions in an attempt to do something fun/special. Aside from some decorations, there's nothing to make these stories much more "Christmas-y" than any others.

Finally, the way they avoid saying "Christmas" is handled really tactlessly. Expressions like "Merry Winter" and "Winter Holiday Party" really stretch the willing suspension of disbelief, especially as Thomas is set in 1950s Britain and was created by an Anglican clergyman.

In contrast, Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas includes some earlier Christmas stories, including the engines throwing a Christmas party to thank Mrs. Kindly for saving Thomas, and the engines searching for Thomas when he gets lost in the snow with the station's Christmas tree. I highly recommend it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to get in the Holiday Mood! October 16, 2010
I think this is the perfect DVD to get kids, whether Thomas fans or not, into the Christmas mood. It features Santa, snowmen, Christmas lights and trees, snow, and more! The DVD is broken down into four episodes, all with Christmas themes, and are great to watch separately or all in a row. My sons were super excited to see Bash and Dash which they first met in the DVD Misty Island Rescue. This DVD is also narrated more than the trains talk, which I know some people prefer. I love though the lessons my kids learn from Thomas & Friends like working together, making friends, doing your work, and more. Overall, this really is a cute DVD for any child, but of course especially for kids that love trains or Thomas!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously PC December 9, 2010
I heartily agree with most comments above. Besides the usual Thomas style claptrap, the stories bend over backwards to never mention the word Christmas and it is somewhat ridiculous. My family is not particularly religious but the strain to avoid any religious conotation to a religious holiday was almost embarrasing, definitely offensive. This is definitely one to avoid. The kids sort of liked it, but it didn't keep their interest for long. I can't see myself or my kids wandering the neighborhood wishing our friends a "Merry Winter Holiday" instead of saying merry Christmas or happy holidays..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree - avoid -Not Christmas at all December 10, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I love Thomas however, after watching about 1/2 of the movie I turned it off. What the heck this is Christmas not Winter vacation or Holiday! Not worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars We like Thomas, but... December 7, 2012
By TN Mom
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I cannot recommend this video based on the fact that they went out of their way not to mention Christmas. It was awkward and unnecessary.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely Anachronistic January 7, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Who thought this was a good idea? These stories have nothing to do with Christmas or any other winter holiday. The last straw for me was when Sir Topham Hatt dressed up as Santa Claus and said, "Happy Winter Holidays, everyone!" Really? It's pretty bad when not even a Christian Saint says Merry Christmas. At least I didn't pay for it since it streamed for free with our Prime membership. From now on, I'm only letting my kids watch Thomas stories made before 2002.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Expectations were too high December 16, 2010
By Conrad
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought it for my 4 yr old nephew who is a HUGE Thomas and Friends fan. What a dissapointment, he just was not interested in this DVD at all. He will sit and watch Hero of the Rails and Misty Island Rescue over and over again. Just bought Lion of Sodor for Christmas, hope that goes over better than Merry Winter Wish.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter's Favorite Thomas DVD! October 29, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My daughter loves Thomas, and this is by far her favorite of all the Thomas DVDs we have. It's cute. It's harmless. Yes the lessons are a bit repetitive, but they're entertaining and not everything has to be Super Educational or adhere to a very specific belief system. Regardless of Rev. Awdrey's denomination (and he was an Anglican priest, not an American Protestant pastor), his stories aren't specifically built around a denomination-based belief system. Neither are the stories of Curious George, or Kipper, or Little Bear. They are all sweet cartoons that carry a good lesson, and are certainly not designed to cause offense through language.

There's not a thing wrong with saying Happy Winter Holidays ("Holiday" comes from "Holy Day" after all), or Merry Christmas, or Happy Chanukah for that matter. Didn't Jesus teach tolerance and kindness towards others? Yes. Does this particular DVD teach lessons that directly oppose Jesus' teachings? No.

Sure, the trains misbehave at times (though not nearly as much as the older DVDs where they teased each other and used name-calling or were very rude, but happened to use the word "Christmas") or make mistakes/poor choices, but the end lessons are always the same -- they realize their mistakes, they feel remorse, they resolve to become as "useful" as they can be, and behave properly. That's a positive lesson, even if it's a bit redundant.

Here's the Thomas intro, as written by Rev. W. A. Awdry:

"Dear Christopher,
Here is your friend Thomas, the Tank Engine.
He wanted to come out of his station-yard and see the world.
These stories tell you how he did it.
I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thomas rocks
My ten month old son likes it. That is all I need to know. The theme song comes on and he's happy.
Published 8 months ago by Sweets
2.0 out of 5 stars Santa is for Christmas! A little to PC.
Santa says, "Merry Winter Holidays!" Seriously?!?! It's cute, but give me a break. They're celebrating Christmas!!! We love Thomas, but will skip this at Christmas.
Published 8 months ago by momma lea
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids
Good for young kids, but now that my son is older (1st grade), he doesn't like Thomas as much so he gave it only 3 stars.
Published 8 months ago by E. McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars My Son Loves it
My 4 yr old son loved this movies it puts him all in the holiday spirit. Son loves it. Great
Published 9 months ago by Chana Staples
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmmm
I have kids my kids like trains. I let my kids watch Thomas all the time. The one good thing about Thomas is if the kids are a little tired they will fall asleep because it is not... Read more
Published 9 months ago by John W.
3.0 out of 5 stars No feedback from gift recipient
Gave this as a gift and have not heard if it is liked or not. If it was GREAT, I am sure I would have heard so maybe not a good investment.
Published 14 months ago by Storm Watcher
5.0 out of 5 stars My 2 year old is big Thomas fan
My son loves Thomas and when it is lunch time he loves to watch thomas while he eats.
With Amazon prime this is included so we show him either on laptop or tv. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Smart Biz Solutions
3.0 out of 5 stars old Thomas
There was to much narrative by people and lost interest to my 1 1/2 year old who loves Thomas.... Wouldn't reccomend this video
Published 20 months ago by mom_ginny
5.0 out of 5 stars hey!!
This is a very good movie. i love it as much as i do myself. this has to be the blockbuster of the year. i would love to watch this again. thanks
Published 21 months ago by GGGGGGGGG
4.0 out of 5 stars My CHILD loves it
OK..."Merry Winter Wish" avoids saying "Christmas," it's true. Although contrary to what some of the other reviewers have said, the word IS mentioned a few times, like, maybe... Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Sarah
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