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Thomas and the Magic Railroad

3.7 out of 5 stars 332 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Peter Fonda, Mara Wilson, Cody McMains
  • Directors: Britt Allcroft
  • Producers: Britt Allcroft, Phil Fehrle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XPPF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" on IMDb

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A Kid's Review on April 5, 2005
Format: DVD
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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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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I just saw this movie last Wednesday with a friend since my mom had a meeting and,Pierce,Paige,Christa,Greg,and I loved every minute of it.All the people in the audience(including us)started laughing whenever Diesel 10[Neil Crone] showed up because we just couldn't help laughing when he said something funny like"Nice day for a cruise"when he's stuck on a boat.Everybody in the audience also laughed at Jr. conductor[Michael Rodgers]in the scene when he was on the shell phone and the scene where he did that thing with his hands.Go see this movie with your family.
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Yes, it is for children. No question. But this movie in nothing more than a waste of time and brain cells. Britt Alcroft hit a goldmine with Rev. Audrey's stories, and now thinks she is capable of reproducing it. I have a feeling she meant well, but there is no rhyme or reason to this movie.
Here are the first 15 minutes - A Diesel is terrorizing the trains. No, it's about a girl in the city with a stuffed bird. No, it's about an old man with an engine in a cave. No, it's about Mr. Conductor losing his gold dust. No, it's about Mr. Conductor's nephew who is a beach bum. At this point, my three year old demanded we leave the theatre.
Even though it is for kids, it should have a story that can be followed - logically. But instead, random events and explantions occur, and you must accept it. If there were no people in it, it would be far better. When the engines are on screen, it is very good. But the acting is horrendous - especially Peter Fonda. The trains have better facial expressions as well as personality.
My son, now 4, received the video for his birthday. As a kid who watches Nickelodeon and PBS, he has been brainwashed by corporate tv. He watches this video constantly. I believe kids just love trains, especially Thomas, and will watch anything to do with the Thomas franchise, no matter what the packaging. The appeal for parents is that there is always a quick moral or story for the kids in a standard Thomas vieo, which is lacking from this movie.
Skip this and buy the short videos.
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I purchased this DVD through Amazon.com 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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