Review: Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave (DVD) (at Drayton Manor Park)

Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge by HIT Entertainment to be reviewed. However, as per my PR info disclaimer, this review is my unbiased honest opinion of the product.

ThomasandFriendslogoProduct: Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave [DVD]

Price: £12.99 (RRP) – at the time of writing, £6.99 on Amazon.

Age Range: Classified U – Universal (Suitable for all)

Manufacturer’s Description: All aboard as Thomas & Friends face their fears in an epic adventure! After a monstrous storm on the Island of Sodor, a landslide unearths some giant footprints on the slopes of The Clay Pits. Thomas and Percy are eager to find out what could have made these marks but obstacles and danger seem to appear around every bend in the track. With the help of new friends, a little digging, and a heap of courage, they discover the surprising answer and, along the way, uncover the true meaning of bravery. Join Thomas & Friends in this exciting and inspiring movie adventure!

Rating: (4/5 stars)

Thomas & Friends Tale of the Brave

Review: Tale of the Brave is the latest Thomas & Friends film, and we were lucky enough to be invited to go along to Drayton Manor, home of Thomas Land, to watch the new film in the cinema there. I took Lydia and Georgie along on the train for the day, to check out the new film and have some fun on the rides afterwards!

The film is great fun, a tale of ghosts, bravery and friendship. Several new characters are introduced and they have some scary and exciting adventures. There are some fun songs, some ever so slightly scary bits, and lessons about what courage really is, and how friends help each other.

After a landslide in the clay pits, Thomas spots some mysterious footprints and is desperate to find out more. He is thwarted at every turn and there are a few obstacles to overcome before he finds out what they are. In the meantime, new character “Gator” has to overcome obstacles of his own in his quest to be a Really Useful Engine and do the work he was designed to do. Percy helps him out and they become firm friends.


My favourite new character in the film was Marion, a steam shovel who talks non-stop about digging, how much fun digging is, and why everyone should love digging. She is really bubbly and enthusiastic and provides a great dash of comic relief.

Georgie enjoyed the film and we have watched it a few times since seeing it at the cinema. Lydia is less interested in it, but at 18 months she just doesn’t have the attention span to watch a 68 minute film yet. Personally I think it is good, although not as good as last year’s King of the Railway film.

After the film we had a great time enjoying Thomas Land at Drayton Manor. We have been to quite a few kids areas at theme parks now, and Thomas Land remains the firm favourite. There are just so many rides that both girls can go on, as as miniature thrill seekers that makes them very happy indeed. Lydia and Georgie both really enjoyed themselves, spending the afternoon with their blogger kids mates and going on every ride possible!

I won’t go on too much about our time at Drayton Manor as I have posted about us visiting before, other than to say that we enjoyed it so much that we are planning to go back at the end of the year for their Magical Christmas event. It sounds fantastic; they decorate Thomas Land so it’s all Christmassy, and the children can go to see Santa in his Castle Grotto. 

The Tale of the Brave DVD comes with some great extras including two singalong songs and Mr Perkins’ Postcard & Story Time. I think that it is worth the price tag if you have a Thomas fan in your midst – add it to your Christmas shopping list now!

We give this film 4 stars.

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