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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XPPF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" on IMDb

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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful 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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Asher on February 2, 2005
Format: DVD
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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 11, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
When I first heard that there was going to be a Thomas movie released, I was excited. It was about time Thomas made the jump to the silver screen, and I thought it would be brilliant. But when I actually saw it, I was shocked at how awful it was. Here are the reasons why...

1. Sodor is portrayed as a magical universe. You can't get to it without gold dust or by travelling on the Magic Railroad. There are only about two or three people living there, and they're all pint-sized (at least that's what Mr Conductor says). And the engines can all drive themselves. In the original series, Sodor was connected to the main line, there were plenty of people living there and they were all normal-sized, and the engines had drivers and fireman to control them.

2. There are a lot of continuity errors with the original series. Aside from the ones I've mentioned above about Sodor being a magical universe, the engines' whistling and puffing sounds are wrong, and Henry is portrayed as being unwell when his stay at Crewe in the earlier episodes supposedly rectified that.

3. There's too much emphasis on the human characters. The movie focuses more on Mr Conductor than it does on Thomas. It's supposed to be about Thomas the Tank Engine, not a silly railway conductor who's losing his sparkle! And I really dislike Burnett Stone; all he does is sit around feeling sorry for himself.

4. Poor acting. Alec Baldwin is easily the worst narrator for the Thomas series, and in this movie he's just as bad. And Peter Fonda is just terrible. Mara Wilson was alright though, but the rest of the acting? No. Just no.

5. Silly dialogue. "Sandle fly! Boo fly! Shoo fly! That's it!" What the hell is that? "Thank throttles you're safe!" Very irritating.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 15, 2000
Format: DVD
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cinthianna on April 22, 2005
Format: DVD
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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