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Age Range: U classification
Manufacturer’s Description: Shiver me timbers! Surprises await Thomas and his friends as they dig up their most daring adventure yet. Unearthing an old pirate ship, Thomas is on the hunt for Sodor’s lost treasure. When Thomas rocks the boat with some new friends, trouble soon rushes in. Will Thomas track down the treasure in time, or will Sailor John set sail with it? Join Thomas & Friends in this explosive movie adventure!
Review: Thomas the tank engine, his friends, the island of Sodor, pirates, and lost treasure – what better combination could there be!? This new Thomas film has all of these in abundance, and has been very well received by our two small Thomas fans.
The film introduces a whole slew of new characters, including three small engines who Marion believes to be magical, which leads to some quite funny moments, and a boat called Skiff who the kids liked very much. The Fat Controller is a bit annoying at times in this film though, I must say – and a bit out of character. The storyline is quite fun and the girls were kept glued to the screen for the entirety of the film, enjoying it.
After misbehaving a few times, Thomas is sent off in disgrace to help with the construction of a new branch line. One thing leads to another and he is caught up in the hunt for lost treasure, making new friends and eventually saving the day – of course. The happy ending brings everyone together at the opening of the new branch line, and the bad guy taken off to prison “for a very long time.’
There are some really big names voicing the characters in this film; with Eddie Redmayne, John Hurt, Jamie Campbell Bower and Olivia Colman – and they all do a great job. The animation is really good in this film, and some parts are actually really pretty. We didn’t get a chance to see it at the cinema when it came out, but I am betting that some of those moments looked beautiful on the big screen.
So what did the girls think? Georgie told me that one moment scared her, but that the film was really good and she loved it. Lydia exclaimed it as “great!” and both girls gave it a spontaneous round of applause during the ending credits!
The new songs in this film are both really fun and very catchy (never overlook a little engine!), and you can watch them again with sing-a-long captions in the bonus features section of the DVD, which the girls both enjoyed. I liked the styling of the music bits in the film with slightly fantastical underwater scenes and so on. The DVD also includes a “Guess Who?” game for kids to enjoy, with puzzles of characters coming together on the screen – the kids have to figure out who is in the picture before it is completed.
We really enjoyed this Thomas film – I think it is the best one for a while and is a great way to celebrate Thomas’s 70th year! Any Thomas fans (old or young!) are sure to enjoy this one. 5 stars.