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Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery (2008)

Pierce Brosnan  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan
  • 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: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Lionsgate / HIT Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK856
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Thomas the Tank Engine stars in an all-new movie guest starring Pierce Brosnan as the narrator! Sodor Day is coming and all the engines are busy preparing. When Thomas gets lost in the mountains, he discovers the old town of Great Waterton! Soon the whole island is buzzing with the news of Thomas' discovery and restoring the town in time for the big day. Join the fun and meet a new engine friend named Stanley!

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Thomas yet July 20, 2008
We saw this movie in the theater (it is showing in July in various states). The screenplay was really well written and the movie was really well done. Pierce Brosnan is a superb narrator and does some really great engine voices; he is the best Thomas narrator yet. Even my husband enjoyed it, and he generally dislikes watching Thomas (I think it was partly the James Bond connection with Pierce, and partly how well the movie was done). The storyline: Thomas accidentally discovers an abandoned town on Sodor. A new engine (Stanley) is called in to do Thomas' work while Thomas supervises the restoration of the discovered town ...Stanley is a really nice, fun, hard-working engine and doesn't mean any ill will whatsoever towards Thomas....and Thomas ends up becoming very jealous of Stanley and how well he works and gets along with the other engines & characters (including Percy and Annie & Clarabel). By the end of the movie Stanley and Thomas become friends and both can see how the other engine must have felt. Great starting point for discussing jealousy and how to handle it with your preschooler.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is WONDERFUL! September 15, 2008
I was reluctant to buy another Thomas movie for fear that my 4 year old will make me watch it over, and over, and over...but I'm glad we got this! It's a great movie and I just LOVE the song at the end! Pierce Brosnan does a great job with all the voices. I'm VERY glad we got this and look forward to watching it again and again...(which I'm sure I'll have to!!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great one! September 18, 2008
Definitely a must have for thomas the tank engine collection, Pierce Bronson does a superb narration, the stories and the direction was great, and the music was AWESOME! Whoever is singing the song at the end of the dvd has completely changed the familiar thomas the train song and gave it a catchy hip-hop tune which fits perfectly with the musical genre of today. Must buy it, you won't be disappointed. (^o^)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thomas Movie! October 13, 2008
This is a great movie! Pierce Brosnon is an excellent narrator as well - you can tell he has read these to his children! It is a very good story line about the old town of great waterton, and such great and amazing perils that Thomas goes through. Very exciting and fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas and Friends Great Discovery is Great!!!! October 7, 2008
My daughter is six years old. She is a giant Thomas fan. This movie is the greatest. We both loved it. We also love the music cd that came with the dvd. It is so neat. My daughter listens to the music while playing with her trains. We are very, very pleased with this product.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's all about expectations, and I always expect Thomas to be realistic. So I'm a little disappointed when the movies tend to be less realistic than the TV show.

This is a few years old now, with lots of great animated TV episodes released since then (and Misty Island Rescue). My son loves Thomas so much that I hope they just keep making more Thomas features like Hero of the Rails. I bought this because my son hadn't seen it and even old non-animated Thomas is "new" Thomas to him.

I really love Michael Brandon's narration and even Ringo did a good job. I really like Pierce Brosnan as an actor but I found his narration really dull and strangely lifeless. Although I really hated his Thomas voice, he did a great job with some of the other engines and Sir Topham Hatt.

The story is a bit similar to Misty Island Rescue, which came much later. Thomas is out exploring and finds the long lost town of Waterton that nobody knew was there (Thomas also "discovers" Misty Island). Sir Topham Hatt undertakes the huge restoration project and needs the help of all the engines (similar to the construction of the Rescue Center in Misty Island) to get it done for Sodor Day. A new engine, Stanley, is introduced, and Thomas becomes very jealous. In usual Thomas fashion, he does something he shouldn't and Sir Topham Hatt announces the usual disaster has ocurred.

Thomas feels very bad and decides to stay up at night to be a very useful engine. However, he ends up going down a mine tunnel, getting carried away playing, and crashes through a barricade into what looks like an underground slow river. And he floats! Neat trick that.

A state of emergency is called and everyone goes searching for Thomas. Even the schoolchildren take the day off school to go look.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all it's cracked up to be. April 25, 2010
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After watching all of the previews on the other Thomas DVDs, my wife told me to buy this one for our 2-year old. He is Thomas crazy, and will even watch the older Thomas episodes with Carlin and Baldwin as narrators.

Well, The Great Discovery held his attention for about 15 minutes, then he walked out. I can't say I blame him, really. I was dissappointed, to say the least.

First, Pierce Brosnan. He's a great Bond, but a lousy narrator. After listening to him, my wife said, "It sounds like he's being forced to do it." In my opinion, he tried too hard to make it work. Sadly, it didn't.

Some parts of the movie were just downright phony. An engine falling into the water and doesn't sink? An engine flying across a chasm? Oh, and just happens to skid to a halt next to a railroad track? (How convenient!)

The plot worked, although it did get a bit mushy in places. Sir Topham Hatt declaring an island-wide State of Emergency after Thomas disappears? That's a bit overboard.

I did like the minature work the producers did on Great Waterton. The models were very impressive. The new engine Stanley is a good addition. The other engines are marking time. Jeremy the Jet makes a cameo. Personally, I think the producers were just cranking out one last Thomas in minature until they perfected their CGI.

I could do without the Rap version of the Thomas theme song. The last thing we need gangsterized is Thomas and Friends.

Give 2-year olds credit. They know what's good. Unfortunately, this DVD now makes a great bookend.

Save your money. Buy "Hero of the Rails" instead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We love Thomas & Friends. This video is very good.
Published 1 day ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
All is well - but I resent having to write more for a DVD that I ordered because I knew that I wanted it ...
Published 11 days ago by Salome Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas & Friends
My kids love it and for those busy bodies to sit, watch and be quite then that's big plus to me.
Published 12 days ago by Clint
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts
Holds the child's attention. Good learning tool. Children relate to the characters and ask for more. Saves grandpas bacon when all else fails.
Published 23 days ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars very good for kids
Love the graphics and great story for kids! My grandson was fixated on it all . THe faces on the trains were very good
Published 26 days ago by Diane Felsher
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the last great non-CGI Thomas shows
This is one of the last non-CGI Thomas productions, and one of the last to feature a single storyteller instead of a voice cast for each character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric Tapley
4.0 out of 5 stars Older video, all narrated.
My grad son is 2 now and no longer cares for this one. But it used to be a favorite. Great for babies and introducing them to Thomas,
Published 2 months ago by Shel_bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas and Friends!
Thomas the New Discovery is a cute video. It's songs are cute, but it may be a bit long for pre three year olds. Worth the purchase.
Published 3 months ago by Doug Veysey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
My son loves Thomas and Friends. He loves this movie. Now my second son will enjoy this one as well.
Published 3 months ago by bpark1215
4.0 out of 5 stars well done Thomas
Well priced ,I purchased this to watch with my grandson very appropriate for young children was enjoyed by all the grandchildren
Published 4 months ago by Manley Crosby
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