‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ On Route To The Big Screen

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:43 am,

thomas the tank engine Thomas the Tank Engine On Route To The Big Screen

It seems no childhood franchise is safe from being re-imagined (and, more often than not, ruined) for the movies. Today comes news from The Hollywood Reporter that a Thomas the Tank Engine movie will be arriving in theaters sometime in spring 2011.

This won’t be the Thomas you grew up with on PBS. The hokey yet cool, old-school wooden models are being thrown out in favor of – you guessed it- CGI and live actors. And not just the look is changing; In advance of the movie, a new animated series will be coming to TV next year that gives a voice to Thomas, Toby, James, and the rest of the traditionally silent train gang. Chances are the feature film will do the same.

Though the prospect of a darker, gritty, more industrial Thomas has appeal, think Thomas the Tank on The Road. You know, the post-apocalyptic aesthetic icon wink Thomas the Tank Engine On Route To The Big Screen

HIT Entertainment, which owns the “Thomas & Friends” world, hired Josh Klausner to write the screenplay. Klausner penned Shrek the Third and the upcoming Shrek Forever After. So, expect dialogue that panders to the under-five set with a few titter-worthy double entendres every now and then to keep the adults from killing themselves. And who knows, maybe the trains will sing and dance too…

Or not.

Thomas is the world’s most popular preschool property, so this retool won’t mess with the brand’s key components: “positive values, timeless lessons and rich train history,” according to Julia Pistor, the head of HIT Movies. (Rich train history? These are anthropomorphic, talking trains. What alternative history is this woman talking about?) Still, HIT hopes Klausner translates the movie into a “thrilling, big, modern adventure movie,” and honestly, this thing has legs. Thomas has been running the rails since the 1940′s, and with gas prices the way they are, trains may have a second coming.

Besides, little boys like big machines, and Thomas has attracted a few big names in the past: Ringo Starr, George Carlin, Alec Baldwin, and Pierce Brosnan all narrated or appeared in the television series. So far, no actors are attached, but I wouldn’t be surprised seeing some famous family guy, like, say, Brad Pitt, donning a tux to play Sir Topham Hatt.

What do you make of this?

Source: THR

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  1. This is where I draw the line

  2. My childhood memories continue to be crushed by the beast that is Hollywood. What joy…

  3. so what is this another reboot from hollywood….

  4. How hard can we be on this? It’s going to be a movie aimed at little kids.


  5. I know that Vic but still come on, next Bananas in Pajamas Little Bear or Arthur is going to be on the big screen, then all of my childhood will have had a nationally released movie, I can understand straight to DVD but big screen come on. (My childhood was PowRangers, TtTE, TMNT, Batman, X-Men, and Where the Wild Things Are(which I am looking forward to).

    Just come up with something new. I shouldn’t be that hard to entertain 1-7 year olds, here I just got something, a talking (insert random object/animal here) and give it a talking sidekick that is smaller than it.

  6. Meh, personally never did like Thomas that much.

  7. the show is cgi now so and i cant wait to see it with my nephew

  8. Lets think positive guys,just cross our fingers and hope the best, for good ol’ Thomas’s sake.


  10. I actually don't this happening. A true fan is someone that watches a show and enjoys it, no matter what types of changes are made. I've loved Thomas since I was little, and I still love him today. Even though I'm going to miss the models, the CGI is pretty neat.

    In fact, I'm so excited, that I'm p*ssed off about the film not having any updates!! How 'bout some updates HIT? Do I have to wait until Misty Island Rescue to see a trailer? Come on! I'm sick of waiting!!! RRRRGGGHHH!!! >:O

    But patience is a virtue. I guess I can wait a few months.

  11. I’m sorry, but I make meet nowhere halfway on this point.

    Anyone who considers themselves a fan of Thomas, and isn’t dismayed with the abandonment of the novel models, in favour of hip and contemporary CGI BS fails to understand the true beauty of the show to being with. This is a total disgrace, baked up by corporate halfwits on lowest denomination panels.

    If you want to freshen up Thomas, do it properly. This is exactly the same kind of stupidity as a “live-action” THUNDERBIRDS. Way to miss the point, dullards.

  12. I’ve been watching the show since I was 1 year old and I can’t wait ’till the movie comes out. Let’s face it, Thomas could stand an overhaul. I think it would interest kids who are now used to things like Spongebob and Chowder more than something like we’we seen before. Remember that HIT has to know where Thomas gets his coal and water.

  13. i watched thomas as a child and now my children watch it so wot if it changes its still great to watch and me and my kids loved thomas and the magic railroad and carnt wait for the new movie.