Thomas and the Magic Railroad

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2000

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Director:
Britt Allcroft
Released:
2000
Rating:
G
Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a 2000 family fantasy film directed by Britt Alcroft. The movie is Thomas the Tank's first feature-length film. Thomas (Edward Glenn), Toby (Colm Feore), Percy (Linda Ballantyne) and their friends usually enjoy the Island of Sodar, an island filled with magic and a place where everyone is friends. Everything changes when the steam engines have an unexpected guest on Sodar. Diesel #10 (Neil Crone), a devious train who wants to take control of all the other trains and steal their magic, arrives and quickly starts making trouble for Thomas and his friends. The only person who can save the trains is Lily (Mara Wilson) and her grandfather (Peter Fonda). Lily convinces Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) to help her save the trains and the magic that inhabits the Island of Sodar. Can Lily help the trains rid the Island of Sodar of Diesel #10 before it is too late?

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    Despite the fact that executives laid siege to the production team and the results were squandered by critics and fans, upon unbiased rewatch this movie still holds up.

    The model work and scenery (live-action and miniature-scale) still hold up impressively.

    The musical score is still impressive and remains a pleasure to listen to.

    Despite a few missteps in the voice casting for the Sodor vehicles, the acting is still great.

    The humans may not do so well, but they still took their work seriously - which is always a big plus in my book.

    This also boosted the maturity levels of the franchise to new heights.

    There was a villain that was genuinely threatening, if the heroes lost they'd lose everything, not to mention that one good character had died and another had been seriously injured.

    Not a perfect film, but still great to watch time and time again.moreless

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