There are several Thomas and Friends episodes and movies available on DVD. Not only do they provide entertainment for our children but also offer creative play and educational play. Particularly, when kids watch the episodes or movies, they often like to re-enact scenes with their Thomas toys (the Take-n-Play sets are great for this)!
Below are descriptions of some popular episodes and movies, easily available online or in toy and department stores.
Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Thomas and the Magic Railroad came out in the year 2000 and stars Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor. Mr. Conductor is put in charge when Sir Topham Hatt goes on vacation!
In this movie Thomas sets out to help his friend Mr. Conductor. The conductor is stranded on the Island of Sodor because his mysterious gold dust is running out! This gold dust lets him magically transport from place to place. He waits with a little girl Lily and his cousin Junior for Thomas to come and help. When Thomas has Lily aboard, he is magically transported to Muffle Mountain’s secret railway. There he meets a long lost steamer Lady – who is more powerful than even Diesel 10 (train yard bully). On this adventure Thomas and Lily set out to chase down Diesel 10, and down he goes when a bridge collapses.
Thomas and Friends Misty Island Rescue
Thomas is on his way to the Mainland and gets lost at sea! He happens upon mysterious Misty Island and meets some new friends. Bash, Ferdinand and Dash help Thomas get home, while Sir Topham Hatt has a search party out looking for him! This is a great movie for the whole family, about an hour in length. If you liked “Here of the Rails” you should love this movie. There are also music videos in the bonus features. The CGI animation is very well done and seems to capture children’s’ interest more than the older animated versions, because the CGI seems to just make things pop on the screen.
Thomas and Friends Percy and the Bandstand
This movie isn’t as long (about forty minutes) but it’s a lot of fun for the kids. A top secret birthday party awaits Thomas and his friends, and they have to soar in a hot-air balloon ride to get to it! A special surprise also awaits them at the bandstand. In this movie you will see ‘Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon’, ‘Toby’s Special Surprise’, ‘Percy and the Bandstand’, and ‘The Man in the Hills’.
Thomas and Friends The Great Discovery
Pierce Brosnan is the narrator in this movie, as all engines are preparing for the upcoming Sodor Day. But soon Thomas loses his way up in the mountains and discovers an old town named Waterton. Then all folks on the Island of Sodor want to restore the town in time for Sodor Day! Kids will delight in meeting a new engine in this movie as well, Stanley.
Thomas and Friends Thomas and the Runaway Kite
Gordon, Charlie and Toby help Thomas catch a runaway kite before it blows right off the Island of Sodor forever. During this adventure Thomas learns a few lessons about being helpful. The movie runs about 45 minutes or so.
Thomas the Tank Engine Pop Goes Thomas
Thomas is on his way to the picnic extravaganza carrying special cargo! Then Percy joins in to play some hide and seek! Bonus features on this DVD include Sodor Hide & Seek Game and Roary the Racing Car Bonus Episode (Roary’s First Day).
You can also buy Thomas episodes on DVD, and bundled favourite classics. There is the Platinum Collection which portrays the best of Thomas, James and Percy episodes and released in 2003. In this collection you can experience viewer-selected favourites of these three popular Thomas and Friends engines. The Best of Thomas includes eight episodes. It runs about 46 minutes and ends with a song kids can sing along to called “Really Useful Engine”. The Best of Percy episodes were selected from preschool kids around the world. It includes nine stories narrated by Ringo Starr and George Carlin. The Best of James contains eight episodes narrated by George Carlin. Kids love James’ fun loving grin and happy ways!
Just click on this link to buy Thomas the Tank Engine DVDs.