Ok I can think of a few more words... but seriously what on earth were they thinking? It's as if (And they probably did) take the characters only, not the universe or any of the previous stories, ate them, waited for about 14 hours, then used what came out to construct a series of images that made up this bag of tripe. Anyone who thinks this movie was in the least bit good should be shot with tiny little pellets that don't kill but sting like a beehatch.
Lighten up on the swearing! I don't care what you guys think about this. I happen to like this movie, and it's pretty good, no matter what the critics say. And I noticed, that in the scene where Thomas is going down Muffle Mountain, he's COMPUTER-ANIMATED! And why couldn't have they at least make all the engines mouths move?
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Ok, so it wasn't that great. But it was still Thomas, people. There's something to be said for that.
I liked it when I was little, but I have to admit that I strongly dislike it now. That doesn't mean that I hate it or I "want to shoot the people who liked it with tiny bullets that don't kill but sting terriblely."
I thought that the music was good at least. I own the soundtrack it's so good, in fact.
Well, IMO, I think the new models were to ONLY be used for the movie, but because of it flopping and low money count....yeah, you got the picture. The soundtrack is actually very good, i give it 4 stars. ^^ I just wish I had the CD...or some MP3's, lol. And it WAS kinda nice to see Shining Time Station again...even if it didn't look exactly the same as before.
I thought the film was over-rated. Some people said it was good but I don't agree with them because:
1. Not all of the characters were featured. 2. They should have redubbed when the characters said "railroad" instead of "railway". 3. How could Diesel 10 and Lady be characters from the past when we only first saw them in the movie? 4. There's no way that any tank locomotive can be faster than the class of diesel that Diesel 10 is based on.
To me, the film was not good but at the same time not that bad
The film was a horrible flop, with a very very poor plot, multiple technical flaws and was obviously the concoction of someone whose knowledge of railways would fit onto the pointy end of a pin and leave room for their basic common sense.
Frankly, it was an insult and I would not be surprised if the late Rev W Awdry (God bless him) turned in his grave because of the abomination that has become of his works and characters.
The Thomas Feature Film SHOULD have been a lot better. This is a multi-million dollar franchise with a very rich history behind it, and Allcroft saw fit to turn it into something it wasn't.
Something more subtle along the lines of what they did for Calling All Engines would have been better. A more straightforward storyline for one, and one that fits in with the general TV/RS world of Thomas. But mind you, it HAD to be something flash for the Box Office to draw the crowds in, which would ultimately be a problem for a Kid's TV show spin-off movie.
The fact is these movies very rarely, if ever work, when the show is dead and buried years before. Hence the fact we're getting the Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky and Hutch and all that making Big Screen comebacks.
The only one I could commend for doing a good job on their film, while the show as still running would be The Power Rangers. They did their movie following their second season, most likely to cash in on the popularity of the show's worldwide appeal. It did the job because it was one big adventure which followed the TV show to the letter.
But sadly, Thomas's feature film didn't. And to be honest, would a film that was somewhat like the gentle tales written by the Rev Awdry be exciting enough for the modern day audiences outside of Thomas Fans? Because really, we need to look at general cinema goers as well, I dunno if Thomas would have that broad appeal. And then again, we all know that the fans expect something before they walk through the door as well - to see what they get on TV!
And the bad thing is that the minute they see the advertisement, they automatically know - "I've seen that on the television!" and the split happens to be there! Your opinion's been made before you even walk through the door, because you're already familiar with whether or not you'd want to see these characters. At least with stuff like The Incredibles! and Finding Nemo, these are fresh new beings which there is still an air of mystery about, so it wouldn't be as easy to shun them without at least having ONE look!
Allcroft was up against a tough one here from the word Go. Rather ironic as I suppose that would have been the last word she'd have heard from the Gullane Execs when they found out how much the film actually grossed...
Ah well, it only cost about £10 million to make anyway, so a fairly cheaply made film by all accounts, and the company would have at least made their return on it. So that's one consolation for them I suppose!
It's not often that a movie made from a TV show does well at box office. From the top of my head I think that the only TV show based movies that are good are Addams family (the first 2) and South Park.
Remember when I said that Alcroft only put Shining time in this movie so it would appeal to Americans? I've just thought of 2 films that have just done something simillar. "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" had an American called Tom Sawyer because they reckon that Americans wouldn't want to see the film if an American wasn't in it.
Another example is the Street Fighter movie which was a flop. In the game Ryu was the protaganist. In the movie it was Guile. I reckon they did this to give Jean-Claude Van Damme a big role and he was american.
PercyFan1998: The new URL has expired I see. Ah well.
Nov 6, 2019 18:16:45 GMT
Hulk10: Now..... What sort of work can I do right now?
Nov 7, 2019 1:46:56 GMT
NorthernLad: Got rather spooked myself to find it was dead! Glad to realise I was wrong, how'd I miss that link? 😅
Nov 7, 2019 8:18:14 GMT
alexander876: Quick question, in the bookends for the island of sodor, its people, history and railways, there is a building called coal and coke, which station is it located on the cover and what company is it a part of?
Nov 9, 2019 0:15:30 GMT
Sleeper Agent: The RWS book station is a fictional/generic one as far as I know and it looks more like a kids model set rather than a proper NWR location but it was first drawn by Kenny and he also depicts C&C at Barrow when Gordon tries to run through towards London.
Nov 9, 2019 9:16:21 GMT
Knuckles: Crosby fits the location better than others, not perfectly but the location of the church building, bridge and a few other details suggests it.
Nov 9, 2019 18:52:32 GMT
Knuckles: Out N About Norramby Part 13
Nov 9, 2019 18:56:42 GMT
Fox: I am a dork and forgot to publish the next part of ERS No.9 Dockside Engines. It's being released - NOW. And it's the Sundering that changed the relationship between the Dockside Engines and the RWS engines forever...
Nov 10, 2019 16:31:43 GMT
Madness: Great video Mr. Coffey Pot. I have a new video coming tomorrow night. It's my new audio adaptation story. I hope you can all make it to the premiere: youtu.be/nsa560tRplc .
Nov 12, 2019 1:17:04 GMT