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Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

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Thomas the Tank Engine's feature film debut follows Thomas and Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) as they cross between the real world and the fictional Island of Sodor, in an attempt to recover lost gold dust.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Mr. Conductor
Cody McMains ... Patch
Russell Means ... Billy Twofeathers
Peter Fonda ... Grandpa Burnett Stone
Jared Wall Jared Wall ... Young Burnett (voice)
Laura Bower Laura Bower ... Young Tasha (voice)
Didi Conn ... Stacy Jones
Mara Wilson ... Lily
Lori Hallier ... Lily's Mother
Michael E. Rodgers ... Mr. C. Junior
Edward Glen Edward Glen ... Thomas (voice) (as Eddie Glen)
Neil Crone ... Diesel 10 / Splatter / Gordon / Tumbleweed (voice)
Colm Feore ... Toby (voice)
Linda Ballantyne ... Percy (voice)
Kevin Frank Kevin Frank ... Dodge / Bertie / Harold / Henry (voice)
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Storyline

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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Little Engines CAN Do Big Things... See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thomas e a Ferrovia Mágica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£434,903 (United Kingdom), 16 July 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,154,932, 30 July 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,911,333, 1 October 2000
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Not only was Alec Baldwin in the film, but he also narrated seasons 5 and 6 of the series for the U.S. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
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

Special thanks to the people of the Isle on Man and the fairies. See more »

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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Old MacDonald
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Performed by Neil Crone
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A wasted opportunity!
17 May 2006 | by TrickTaylorSee all my reviews

It is stunning that in this day and age of movie tie-ins, that the creators (or better said owners) of the Thomas the Tank Engine franchise couldn't find a better major movie outlet for their goldmine. Face it, if they would have put 2 seconds of thought into this clunker it would have been huge. Basing it on the Shining Time Station theme was the first mistake. Why not have a nice little movie about the Island of Sodor and its engines? Why insult the audience by creating human characters that are DREADFULLY acted? Again, a simple little movie would have made a mint.

It has been 6-7 years since this movie came out and I wonder why another attempt at a Thomas movie hasn't been made. This is the most popular character for children ages 2-6. Parents (like myself) would kill for a decent big screen adaptation to take children to. Seems like somebody is missing the boat here.

As for this movie, it has all been said within the previous comments. The acting by Peter Fonda is downright embarrassing, and the storyline is confusing. More focus should have been put on the engines and less on wooden human characters. It gets a 3 from me because despite all its flaws, my 3 year old loves it, therefore giving daddy a much needed rest from time to time.

Time for another try at a Thomas movie. Anybody up for it?


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