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Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (2018)

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (original title)
An orphan boy in search of his origin. A young princess held prisoner in deadly Dragon City. Jim and his friend Luke discovering mysterious lands on the quest of a lifetime.


Dennis Gansel
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Credited cast:
Shirley MacLaine ... Mrs. Grindtooth (voice)
Milan Peschel ... Tur Tur
Michael Herbig ... Nepumuk (voice)
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... König Alfons
Christoph Maria Herbst ... Herr Ärmel
Volker Michalowski ... Postbote
Henning Baum ... Lukas
Annette Frier ... Frau Waas
Thomas Fritsch ... Erzähler (voice)
Hon Ping Tang ... Guard Lieutenant
Leighanne Esperanzate ... Prinzessin Li Si
Darryl Quon ... Langer Bonze
Rick Kavanian ... Die Wilde 13
Judy Winter ... Frau Mahlzahn (voice)
Paul Courtenay Hyu Paul Courtenay Hyu ... Wise Man IV


An orphan boy in search of his origin. A young princess held prisoner in deadly Dragon City. Jim and his friend Luke discovering mysterious lands on the quest of a lifetime.

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English | German

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Emma's regular speed is about 50 miles per hour. This can be figured out by the trek across the black mountains. Shortly after entering the area that is described to stretch out over a distance of 100 miles, Luke remarks that they only have coal left for "maybe two hours". They make it out of the black mountains with no coal left. See more »


Lukas: You'll become a great explorer.
Jim Knopf: I rather be an engine driver, just like you.
Lukas: Engine drivers only follow the tracks that were found by explorers.
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Crazy Credits

The first closing credits are displayed in a book featuring technical drawings of EMMA and whole Lummerland as well as of other places from the story. See more »


Remake of Jim Knopf und die wilde 13 (1978) See more »

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If I was six I'll rate it higher but I'm not.
19 January 2019 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

Before you base yourself on my ratings if you are going to watch this movie or not there are a couple things to clarify. I watched this movie without reading anything about it before, I just stumbled on this movie and gave it a shot. The problem is not that it's in German, even though it's quite funny to see that all Asians speak German, but the fact that I'm fifty years old and that this movie is made for kids between five and eight. So the whole movie looks and sounds very childish. I have a wide imagination but this one is just too childish. If I were six years old I would probably love this movie, but I'm not, I'm fifty and so this movie is, even if it's well made, just not for me. But if you have kids this movie will get their attention and keep them quiet for a while.

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