Thursday, January 24, 2013

Toons These Days: Thomas and Friends

Doggy: Now ask me if talking trains who live on a false advertised island can be possibly be famous? Well, too bad you little schmucks! That train show is Thomas and Friends. A show about a STINKING train! Now the plot is about said stinking train named Thomas who lives with his friends on the Island of Sodor. The peppy Percy, the oldie Toby, the big guy Gordon, the al-coal-holic Henry, the paintjob crazy James, the supposed love interest Emily and lots more. They are controlled by Sir Topham Hatt. A fat guy who always wears a top hat. Or if you live in the UK, the Fat Controller! (rim-shot)

This isn't exactly modern because it came out in the early 80s. It had many famous people narrating for a while like one of the Beatles Ringo Starr, George Carlin, Alec Baldwin and even Pierce Bronson. It's been running for 16 seasons, 401 episodes, a movie and God knows how many specials!

For the animation, it was kinda freaky. For the first few seasons I watched on DVD, it looks exactly like the stop-motion Rankin/Bass specials! If you want more, ask the Bum how he knows. The creators thought moving mouths on trains would give kids nightmares! But years later, they solved the problem with....(drum roll) computer animation!

There's also gonna be another movie set in World War II. I wonder how a certain mustachioed German war leader will think of this?  

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