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Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

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Mr. Conductor's supply of magic gold dust, which allows him to travel between Shining Time and Thomas's island, is critically low. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to get more. Meanwhile,... See full summary »

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Jared Wall ...
Young Burnett (voice)
Laura Bower ...
Young Tasha (voice)
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Thomas (voice) (as Eddie Glen)
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Diesel 10 / Splatter / Gordon / Tumbleweed (voice)
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Toby (voice)
Linda Ballantyne ...
Percy (voice)
Kevin Frank ...
Dodge / Bertie / Harold / Henry (voice)
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Mr. Conductor's supply of magic gold dust, which allows him to travel between Shining Time and Thomas's island, is critically low. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to get more. Meanwhile, Thomas is fending off attacks by the nasty diesel engines. Getting more gold dust will require help from Mr. C's slacker cousin, his new friend Lilly, and her morose grandfather, plus the secret engine he's hidden all these years and couldn't get running. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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26 July 2000 (USA)  »

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Thomas e a Ferrovia Mágica  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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£434,903 (UK) (14 July 2000)

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$15,911,333 (USA) (29 September 2000)
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Keith Scott was originally cast as the voice of Diesel 10. After the American test audiences heard his recording, his part was deleted as the character sounded "too scary". The role went to Neil Crone, who improvised much of his dialogue and originally voiced the character with a gruff Russian accent. However, someone was worried this may offend some viewers, so he redubbed his lines with a New Jersey accent. See more »

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After Lily calls Thomas a 'really useful engine' the coal truck he is pulling disappears. See more »

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Mr. Conductor: [narrating] Hello. My name is Mr. Conductor, and I'm going to tell you a story about trains.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the actors' names and the film's title are formed by gold dust. When Thomas' credit appears, he is seen puffing across the bottom of the screen. See more »

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Working on the Railroad
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performed by Neil Crone
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Bland little film that forgets to include the most important element of a kids film - fun
1 January 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With evil engine Diesel back on the track and looking to get rid of the old steam engines. Mr Conductor is put in charge of using his gold dust to jump around the area and keep an eye on Diesel - but his supply runs out and he finds himself stuck. Meanwhile Diesel is looking for the steam engine that got away from him in the past - the same engine that was repaired and hidden by Grandpa Burnett many years ago.

Being a reasonable fan of Thomas in my youth I decided to watch this film to see what it was like. The first problem of the film is that it doesn't resemble the UK version, with characters and sentiments added for the American audience. This isn't a major problem - only that it affects what I remember from the original series. The plot is very fragmented and is far too hard for very young children to follow; the basic is good but the addition of various characters and such just complicates things. The issue I had with the story was the fact that it is almost totally lacking in any sense of fun or wonder; I don't mean it should have been hilarious but it should have been at least enjoyable. Instead, there is no sense of fun here

  • it is very plodding and makes it nigh on impossible to stay


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The animation is basic but is more or less true to the original series; downside of that is that the trains all look rubbish - with the eyes being the only bits that move (constantly). However the film straw is the fact that the cast are pretty poor. The voice work on the trains is very simplistic and it just made all of them sound the same. Peter Fonda is awful and can't even muster the energy to deliver the most basic of lines (when his granddaughter returns he says `Oh Lily. I'm so glad you're back' with all the emotion of a man reading out his shopping list). It's like he got drunk and woke up to find himself contractually obliged to do this film and decided to not even put in a little bit of effort. Baldwin tries hard and is actually OK because he is at least putting in effort; more than that, considering his tough guy image, this was a strange role for him to play and he does do it pretty well although I would have liked his character to insert more of the wonder and fun that he hints at rather than delivers.

Overall this is a pretty poor film that never really goes anywhere. The plot is weak - too complex for tots and too convoluted for adults to bother with. The acting is roundly poor and the film manages to be totally missing any sense of fun. It's easy to tire of kids films that are full of knowing humour but this is one film that was crying out for a bit of silliness or tongue in cheek humour.


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