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Thomas & Friends: The Great Race (2016)

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Thomas goes to the Great Railway Show and competes with some of the world's finest locomotives.

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David Stoten

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Andrew Brenner, Wilbert Awdry (railway series) (as Rev. W. Awdry) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Moraghan ... Narrator (UK & US) (voice)
Tina Desai ... Ashima (UK & US) (voice)
John Hasler John Hasler ... Thomas (UK) / Rheneas (UK & US) (voice)
Joseph May ... Thomas (US) (voice)
David Bedella ... Victor (UK & US) / Carlos (UK & US) (voice)
Jules de Jongh Jules de Jongh ... Emily (UK & US) (voice)
Jonathan Forbes ... Connor (UK & US) (voice)
Teresa Gallagher ... Emily (UK) / Belle (UK & US) / Frieda (UK & US) / Gina (UK & US) / Marion (UK & US) / Daisy (UK & US) / Annie and Clarabel (UK & US) (voice)
Bob Golding Bob Golding ... Stephen (UK & US) / Sidney (UK & US) / Ivan (UK & US) (voice)
Rasmus Hardiker ... Philip (UK & US) (voice)
William Hope ... Edward (US) / The Dock Manager (US) (voice)
Rufus Jones ... The Flying Scotsman (UK & US) (voice)
Steven Kynman Steven Kynman ... Duck (UK & US) / Charlie (UK & US) / Porter (UK) / Dart (UK & US) / Paxton (UK & US) / Peter Sam (UK & US) (voice)
David Menkin ... Porter (US) (voice)
Joe Mills Joe Mills ... Donald and Douglas (UK & US) / Oliver (UK & US) (voice)
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Thomas goes to the Great Railway Show and competes with some of the world's finest locomotives.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il trenino Thomas - La grande corsa See more »

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| (Mainland China Version)

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Go streamlining, you're boiling up a quarter a mile
21 May 2016 | by feyipukSee all my reviews

There's a story in the original Thomas collection, by Rev Awdry, involving the Flying Scotsman, a relation of one of the engines on Sodor. In this film, he arrives on his way to the Mainland to join the Great Engine Show, an event Thomas thinks he should be a part of and tries to come up with ways he should.

The most noticeable thing about this story are the number of songs it contains. A few sound like Andrew Lloyd Webber pieces, and "streamlining" sounds a lot like "greased lightning".

The much reported exotic engines seem under used, given the hype - most of the story is focused on Thomas, which seems a waste to me - with a couple of exceptions. Ashima provides Thomas with a moral aspect to follow, and while Vinnie is a Canadian engine, it's hard to decide if he's really modelled on an American footballer, with his helmet. And it's a leap to include a train with overhead power and a pantograph; can't see Sodor copying that design.

It's nicely drawn, with the foreign engines looking like their real life versions.

The rest of the main steamy and diesel crews all play roles, and it's pretty obvious the story is a vehicle for toys (and given the current hype around the real Flying Scotsman, it's definitely tapping in), so if you're kids are into wooden railway or take 'n play, expect some new requests after you see this.


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