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Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990)

It's Christmas at Shining Time Station! Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor ... See full summary »

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Tanya (as Nicole Leach)
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Vickie
Brian Edward O'Connor ...
Schemer (as Brian O'Connor)
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Matt
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Mr. Nicholas
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Olga Felgemacher ...
Didi (as Olga Felgemacher Marin)
Alan Semok ...
Craig Marin ...
Vanéese Y. Thomas ...
Ardon Bess ...
Tucker Cooper
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Mayor of East Shemp
Mart Hulswit ...
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It's Christmas at Shining Time Station! Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor tells the kids a story about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends and helps them deal with a bratty kid, while a kind old passenger, Mr. Nicholas, arrives and brightens the holiday for everybody. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Upon release on VHS, the Thomas stories in this special were rearranged. Thomas' Christmas Party was made the first story, while Thomas & The Missing Christmas Tree became the second story. As Ringo Starr never created a US version of the latter, the original UK soundtrack was used, but all dialogue including the phrase "Fat Controller" were removed. See more »

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When Vickie picks up Mr. Conductor, it is clear that he is replaced with a doll. See more »

Quotes

Matt: I know why Santa is so jolly all the time.
Mr. Conductor: Why is that?
Matt: Because he doesn't have to play with Vickie.
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Shining Time Station
Performed and Composed by Kevin Roth
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A rare treat, one of the best Christmas specials I've seen
28 August 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed watching "'Tis a Gift" every Christmas for about the past ten years and every time I am still touched, amazed, and entertained by this film. Not only does it feature the usual stars like Stacy Jones, Schemer, and Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor but we also get a great role from Lloyd Bridges, guest-starring as Mr. Nicholas, a mysterious man who ends up touching a little girl's life, teaching her the true meaning of Christmas and giving. The discussions and interactions between those two are what makes the film as great as it is. Schemer trying to win over the votes of everyone in the station to elect him as Santa's helper is what gives the film a very funny side as well. The entire cast singing "'Tis a Gift" (the folk song after which the film is titled) is the true highlight of this one hour special. This is a rare film not to be missed. Find it, watch it, and continue to enjoy seeing it year after year.

***1/2 out of ****


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