A horrible, heartless ripoff of Thomas the Tank Engine
Although the title character is a human, the train characters and the simple stories scream out that this is computer generated grave robbing. The homely, simple charms of Thomas didn't manage to be directly updated in the Magic Railway film so it is no surprise that this obvious spin on the idea falls so flat on its horrible CGI little face. The animation is heartless, as is a problem with so many of these children's animations these days where it is all spat out by computer and lacks any feeling of love originality in the design and creation. The characters look horrid and the "underground" is an unoriginal ideal of London Underground but with nothing that would require any sort of payment or debate over ownership rights.
The stories are basic and lack anything that make it worth following. Things happen but they mostly plod forward with nothing interesting or challenging. I write this obviously as an adult but also with an eye to the child audience; they may be young but why does that mean they deserve tat like this? A few weeks ago I watched the Shaun the Sheep TV series from Aardman the gap in quality between that and this is so extreme as to make me almost embarrassed to use them in the same sentence. Gary Lineker shows why he doesn't get much acting work as he is terrible and feels like a man providing a character voice and not a person speaking. That said though, the rest of the cast are pretty poor Weaver matching her character in the annoying stakes.
A terrible, heartless TV show then. I'm not saying that letting your children watch it is akin to abuse, but I am saying that children deserve better than this cheap, unimaginative, uninspiring, numbing affair.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?