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Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends - Hooray for Thomas (W/Toy) [VHS]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GAOQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Stories April 21, 2005
You're invited to the celebration on the Island of Sodor! Watch as Thomas wins a medal for saving the day. Will Edward rescue the brass band in time? Can Peter Sam help find a new refreshment stand for the refreshment lady? There's lots of fun new stories in this DVD, including Rheneas giving the school children a roller coaster ride on the tracks and Gordon winning a best-dressed competition.

The stories themselves run about 35 minutes and include:

Hooray For Thomas

Edward's Brass Band

The Refreshment Lady's Stand

Rheneas and the Roller Coaster

The Grand Opening

Best Dressed Engine

The Bonus Features include:

Character Gallery

Read Along Story: The Great Race

Sing Along Song: The Red Balloon

3 Games: Counting Celebration, Paint Party, and Fun With Shapes

Computer Fun: Web Fun and 2 Coloring Sheets

While the stories will appeal to children of all ages, the DVD games are quite basic. This is ironic, because a child would have to be pretty advanced to work the DVD remote to access the games! By the time a child knows how to use a DVD remote, he's outgrown the games. It would be nice if the DVD games were more advanced.

Kids will love the bonus train that comes with the package. If I recall correctly, it was Mavis that came with ours. It was a "repeat", but my son doesn't mind that he has a few doubles of some engines...having fun with them regardless!

The actual DVD case that's in the box is quite slim...more narrow than the usual DVD cases that don't have the bonus train. The flimsiness shouldn't matter, though, as long as the DVD case is stored properly.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I keep forgetting to read the back of the box... March 27, 2005
before I purchase a new Thomas video/DVD to check out the narrator. This particular DVD is narrated by Michael Brandon. I do not care for his voice. Of course, I am nostalgic for Ringo Starr, George Carlin, or, surprisingly, Alec Baldwin. Also, I prefer Michael Angelis (from "New Friends For Thomas") as a new narrator. I find Michael Brandon to be horribly inconsistent (and somewhat inappropriate and uninventive) with the character's voices. They vary from story to story and sometimes within the stories themselves. His voice is also too harsh in my opinion. My five-year-old who loves Thomas doesn't have much interest in the videos he narrates. This has not been the case with the other narrators.

The stories themselves are somewhat lacking as well. "Edward's Brass Band" features the sweetest engine on the railway, but you would never know it watching this story. Thomas and Bertie's race seemed half-hearted, and the stories about Rheneas, Skarloey, and Peter Sam lacked real feeling. I was also disappointed with the characterization of Rusty. His potential was also overlooked and the voice selected was terrible.

Overall, I am not very pleased with this video. Of course, I will continue to buy Thomas products in the future, but not without checking the back of the box. :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Narrator is hard to follow July 15, 2005
my 1 year old loves the Ringo Narrations, he will not watch this one with this Narrator. The Narrator is all over the place, and his voices are dumb. I cant even watch it because it makes me go insane. I love the Ringo ones and so does my 1 year old. This DVD is going right up on Ebay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Video March 28, 2005
This DVD uses Michael Brandon as the narrator. My two sons adore Thomas but they are 3 and 1, so they do prefer Michael Brandon as the narrator since they are reletively new to Thomas. I can appreciate the history behind the excellent narations of Ringo Star, George Carlin and Alec Baldwin, but if you have a new Thomas fan, this will be the voice they are used to seeing on TV.

As far as the episodes go, they are all very good. I do have to mention that 3 of the 6 stories involve the Mountain Branchline characters (Skarloey, Rheneas, Rusty, PeterSam, Duncan etc.) so if your kids like those guys, you must go get this DVD because those characters generally are not featured much on these DVDs. This is a good DVD for those guys.

But, the other 3 stories involve our classic characters. The first story has Thomas and Bertie, then Edward, and then Gordon and Toby complete the DVD. This was very reasonably priced and if you were fortunate enough to find a copy that included a free train that makes this almost pay for itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brandon's narration prevents 4 stars January 11, 2006
A Kid's Review
This DVD would have been so much more enjoyable had there been another narrator apart from Michael Brandon. His voices are what really let him down this time around. Not only is he totally inconsistent with them, but he chooses unsuitable voices for nearly all the characters. Rusty sounds like a raving madman, Rheneas sounds stuffed up, and Edward and Skarloey's voices are too high-pitched. And he also tries a bit too hard with the minor characters, giving them voices that are completely weird and wacky (if you listen to his voice for Rheneas's driver, you'll see what I mean). Brandon also sounds really amateur; there are numerous scenes in "Edward's Brass Band" where his narration is out of sync with the on-screen action, and at one point in "Rheneas and the Roller Coaster" he rushes through his narration to try and keep up with what's happening on screen.

The music on this DVD is also somewhat half-hearted (the original music worked so well, why couldn't they have stayed with it?). However, the music video at the end ("The Red Balloon" is truly beautiful...the last moments always bring a tear to my eye. At least they included something from the original composers on here!

The episodes on this DVD are all well-written and fairly original (I especially like "Edward's Brass Band"), so it is a great pity that they are spoiled by Brandon's shoddy narration and below-average music. Young children might like it, but this shouldn't be on your "must-have DVDs" list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas DVD
I don't quite understand this whole Thomas thing for youngsters but my 2 1/2 year-old-grandson thinks it's wonderful and that's the name of that tune!
Published 21 months ago by Diane L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Hooray for Thomas (DVD)
My son loves it. Thomas stories are delightful classics. Ageless, timeless, and always enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speaking of cutting...
Well, I'll be happy to buy myself a second computer if I have £50 pounds or something like that... I will be putting games on there and do some tpying. Read more
Published on December 21, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a few bucks
This DVD contains six episodes from Series 7 of Thomas and Friends. However, the music in them has been redone by the current composer, probably because the old composers took the... Read more
Published on April 22, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Useful Celebration!
This is the new Thomas DVD,"Hooray For Thomas!",and I really like it. It beats "Thomas and the Jet Engine" by a long shot. Read more
Published on March 13, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray!!!
Hooray for Thomas wasn't too bad but I was kinda hoping I'd see more of Thomas and his friends. There were too many stories about the little engines. Read more
Published on February 15, 2005 by Cumulonimbus Harpe
3.0 out of 5 stars News about this DVD
"Hooray For Thomas" will be on DVD and Video January 25th.

Narrator: Michael Brandon


Hooray For Thomas

The Grand Opening... Read more
Published on December 11, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories
Here are the stories

Horray for thomas(of course)

The Grand opening

Best Dressed Engine

Edwards Brass Band

Rheneas and the... Read more
Published on November 5, 2004
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