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Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

Alec Baldwin , Cody McMains , Britt Allcroft  |  G |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Cody McMains, Russell Means, Peter Fonda, Jared Wall
  • Directors: Britt Allcroft
  • Writers: Britt Allcroft, Rev. W. Awdry
  • Producers: Britt Allcroft, Barry London, Brent Baum, Charles Falzon, John Bertolli
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Live, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XPPF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

All aboard for fun-fueled adventure in Thomas the Tank Engine's first film ever, starring Peter Fonda, Mara Wilson and Alec Baldwin. For as long as anyone can remember, the Island of Sodar has been the realm of enchantment, innocence, and talking trains. The steam engines suddenly find themselves heading for a heap of trouble at the claw of the evil Diesel #10. This one's a totally terrible trainwith devious plans to dominate the other engines by finding and crushing their dwindling supply of magical gold dust. Lily (Mara Wilson) has a hunch that her grandfather (Peter Fonda) holds the key to rescuing the little trains in his workshop on Muffle Mountain. She meets up with Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) and, along with a caboose of colorful characters, they return the sparkle to their island!

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The trains were cute but this movie's awful February 2, 2005
For some reason I can't fathom my daughters love this movie, but sitting through it is painful. The little boy in the movie should consider another career, and Peter Fonda is more wooden than the trains (although if you're in the right mood his performance is almost funny, but mostly it's just painful). Alex Baldwin tried, but the script and the direction kept this movie from being anything more than dismal. The Thomas series is much more entertaining and well-written. Do yourself a favor and don't spend money on this dog.
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible movie April 5, 2005
A Kid's Review
This movie was by far the worst Thomas production ever made. I was horrified when I discovered that Britt Allcroft wrote it; now we know why she always had a co-writer when she was writing episodes for the TV series, and why she was kicked out of Gullane Entertainment afterwards.

The script is so poorly written that I feel sorry for the trees used to make the paper that it was written on. The Island of Sodor, in the TV series an island off the coast of England that was more or less normal, has been turned into a magical ghost town populated by talking trains and literate animals. Why Britt Allcroft chose to make such a rapid departure from the TV series I will never know. She also filled the script with complicated plot devices that few children will be able to understand (you'd need to be Einstein or Stephen Hawking to figure out the answer to the riddle on the windmill wall), and threw her healthy knowledge of the Thomas characters out of the window (Thomas is portrayed as a goody-goody, Bertie as being annoyingly hyperactive, Henry as being a whiny pain in the neck, and James as being so short of brain cells that he doesn't know what the word "shoo" means).

Usually, bad scripts bring in bad acting, and this movie was no exception. Alec Baldwin's character was so annoying (I'm sure I'm not the only person who wishes Diesel 10 had dropped him off the viaduct), and took the limelight that should have been given to Thomas and the other engines. Peter Fonda's character was the most miserable, depressing character in the history of children's movies. Mara Wilson's character was better, but still seemed like a teenage girl younger than her years. And what was the point of having big name actors anyway? It's not as if little children are going to recognise them.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 3 year old loves it. Adults disappointed and confused. November 25, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Our 3yr old boy loves Thomas. We have all the videos and trains, etc. He wants to watch this thing every day. He repeats lines from the movie and acts them out all day. It was great for him. We took him to the movies to see it together. He loved that, too. For him, we would do it all again in a minute.
As parents, we could have done without the "mean-ness" of Diesel #10 and the fact that he wants to "dominate and destroy". He also uses the word "stupid" several times. Not nice.
As adult movie critics, we saw laughably poor acting (with the exception of "Mr. Conductor" and "Junior". (Notice that even some of the 5-star reviewers agree.) Britt Alcroft directed and wrote it, and it is obvious that she should have asked for help from someone who knew what they were doing. If you pay attention, expect to be confused. We expected more because we actually enjoy watching all of the other videos, and they are really well done.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull for a Thomas-loving toddler July 29, 2003
By Allison
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this DVD through in preparation for a trip I recently took with my 2 1/2 year old. He loves Thomas and I thought he'd like this video. I had read that purist Thomas fans didn't care for it, but since we don't have any of the regular videos, I figured it would be okay. What I didn't realize is that there are relatively few scenes of the trains in this video, and my son found the extended dialog between the "real" people to be completely uninteresting. He would actually walk away from the TV, he was so bored.
As an adult, I found the plot to be overly complicated with too many sub elements. The boy and girl characters appear to have been shoe-horned in for a little human interest, but are tedious to watch. Alec Baldwin provides a perfomance that is so bad, I couldn't look at the screen. Peter Fonda didn't do so well either.
This video may entertain an older child, but I highly suggest renting it or checkign it out from the library before purchasing it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's Thomas In His First Movie? April 22, 2005
I was so excited to get this movie for my brother who loves Thomas and knows everything a three year old can know about trains. I only wish I had read a couple of reviews first. I almost did not buy it just because Alec Baldwin was in it and after seeing this movie, I'll never waste another dime on anything he is in.

So why is this movie so bad? Let's start with the story. It has more to do with Mr. Conductor (a stupid name) than it has to do with Thomas and his friends. The dialogue is horrible. When it does show an engine from the Island of Sodor, it bears no resemblence to the engines in the beloved books. For instance, James comes across as an idiot. Thomas is nearly absent for most of the movie. The voices of the engines sound like little kids, which is silly. On the other hand the character played by Mara Wilson should have been played by a little kid. She is very unconvincing in this role and the boy, Patch is even worse. Some characters seem to be there for no reason at all, like Mr. Conductor's cousin. But that is the way the entire movie goes, things just happen for no reason, leaving the viewer with a bunch of annoying questions: Why is Diesel 10 so angry and mean? Why does Mr. conductor go from the "real" world to the Island of Sodor? Why would Sir Topham Hatt trust this simpleton to run his railroad? Why was Peter Fonda's character able to get to Sodor in the first place? Why was this movie ever made? Why did nobody check in with the original stories to see if any of this made sense? Why was Britt Allcroft allowed to do this kind of damage to Thomas the Tank Engine? Why am I so angry about this? Did they show this movie to a test audience? If so how did it ever make it to theaters?

In short, this is THE WORST movie I have ever seen from the screenplay to the acting to the editing. It has not one redeeming quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas and the Magic Railroad
We all loved this video and decided to purchase it. My grandson just loved it and wants to keep playing it.
Published 10 days ago by Jean Miyamoto
3.0 out of 5 stars Thomas for older train lovers.
My child loves all things Thomas so I bought this when I found it for only $5. But since its not a cartoon I probably woldn't buy it again if I needed to, it just doesn't hold his... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Maria Hester
1.0 out of 5 stars no people of color
For this to be made in 2000, I expected to see people of color on Sodor. Other Thomas episodes have African American's though obviously not as significantly numbered as seen with... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Choo! Choo! Fun for the kids!
Alec Baldwin gives a superb performance. Good for the kids! Educational and fun to watch even for adults and family.
Published 1 month ago by T. Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This show has become a classic, and it is enjoyable by the whole family. Diesel 10 is the real star!
Published 1 month ago by Lilly Partha
5.0 out of 5 stars it was greatmy granchildren love it
so thank you very much I will have to see what ones they don't have so i can get more
Published 1 month ago by sonja burchard
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not Thomas.
I watched Thomas when I was a kid, and I love the new computer generated ones even more. However, this movie is absolutely horrible on every single level. Our 2. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Block
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal film for kids!
My son is addicted to this film. We have watched it probably 5 times in the last two weeks. It's kind of hokey if you are watching it as an adult, but for a train kid, it's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick C. Manwiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for children.
This movie teaches kids that magic can exist if they believe in themselves and pursue their dreams and that when kids are in doubt or faced with problems , they're reminded that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for a Toddler/Child
I enjoyed the live action/animation mixture. My two year old LOVED it, as he loves all Thomas things. It was short and entertaining. Good story even for adults to watch/listen to.
Published 2 months ago by Shawna Chamberlin
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