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{{Film_Info|title1 = ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad''|image1 = WWIIMoviepromo.jpg|directed_by = Dianna Basso<br />Shane Acker|written_by = Josh Klausner<br />Will McRobb<br />Chris Viscardi<br />David Stoten|story_by = Britt Allcroft<br>Roger Avary<br>Neil Gaiman<br>Bob Gale<br>Robert Zemeckis|based_on = Thomas and Friends<br>The Railway Series|produced_by =Tracy Blagdon<br />Julia Pistor|executive_producers = Don Spencer<br />Britt Allcroft|starring = Alec Baldwin<br />Ciarán Hinds<br />Zendeya<br />Tom Holland<br />Channing Tatum<br />Robert Downey Jr.<br />Antoino Bandreas<br />Michael Sheen<br />Elizabeth Banks<br />Adam Beach<br />Will Forte<br />Hayley Atwell<br />Pierce Brosman<br />Ringo Starr<br />Jim Carrey<br />Jim Broadbent|box_office = Hans Zimmer|production_company = Mattel Creations<br>HiT Entertainment<br>Universal Pictures<br />Columbia Pictures<br />Paramount Pictures<br />Warner Bros. Pictures|distributed_by = Universal Pictures (North America)<br />Warner Bros. Pictures (United Kingdom)|released = February 12, 2019}}
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{{Film_Info|title1 = ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad''|image1 = WWIIMoviepromo.jpg|directed_by = Dianna Basso<br />Shane Acker|written_by = Josh Klausner<br />Will McRobb<br />Chris Viscardi<br />David Stoten|story_by = Britt Allcroft<br>Roger Avary<br>Neil Gaiman<br>Bob Gale<br>Robert Zemeckis|based_on = Thomas and Friends<br>The Railway Series|produced_by =Tracy Blagdon<br />Julia Pistor|executive_producers = Don Spencer<br />Britt Allcroft|starring = Alec Baldwin<br />Ciarán Hinds<br />Zendaya<br />Robert Downey Jr.<br />Antonio Banderas<br />Michael Sheen<br />Channing Tatum<br />Tom Holland<br />Tom Hanks<br />Ringo Starr<br />Jim Carrey<br />AnnaSophia Robb<br />John Hasler (''UK'')<br />Joseph May (''US'')|box_office = Hans Zimmer<br />Alan Silvestri|production_company = Jam Filled Toronto<br>Mattel Creations<br>Universal Pictures<br />Columbia Pictures<br />Paramount Pictures<br />Warner Bros. Pictures|distributed_by = Universal Pictures (North America)<br />Warner Bros. Pictures (United Kingdom)|released = 2020}}
'''''Thomas and the Magic Railroad''''' is an upcoming 2020 British-American fantasy comedy film written by Josh Klausner, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi and David Stoten, produced by Tracy Blagdon and Julia Pistor, and directed by Dianna Basso and Shane Acker. The film stars Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Mr. Conductor, alongside Ciarán Hinds, Zendeya, Tom Holland, Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr., Antoino Bandreas, Michael Sheen, Elizabeth Banks, Adam Beach, Will Forte, Hayley Atwell, Pierce Brosman, Ringo Starr, Jim Carrey, and Jim Broadbent in supporting roles. Voice performances includes Joseph May as Thomas, Kerry Shale, Rob Rackstraw, Christopher Ragland, Jules de Jongh, Yvonne Grundy, Rachael Miller, Teresa Gallagher, Michael Brandon, Eddie Redmayne, and Matt Wilkinson, as well as Britt Allcroft as Lady. The film is based on the British children's book series ''The Railway Series'' by The Rev. W. Awdry, its televised adaptation ''Thomas & Friends'', and the American television series ''Shining Time Station'' by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow.
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{{Quote|Little engines '''can''' do big things!|The film's tagline}}
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'''''Thomas and the Magic Railroad''''' is an upcoming 2020 British-American fantasy comedy film written by Josh Klausner, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi and David Stoten, produced by Tracy Blagdon and Julia Pistor, and directed by Dianna Basso and Shane Acker. The film stars Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Mr. Conductor, alongside Ciarán Hinds, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Channing Tatum, Tom Holland, Tom Hanks, Ringo Starr, Jim Carrey, and AnnaSophia Robb in supporting roles. Returning voice talents from ''TTTE'' are John Hasler and Joseph May as Thomas in the UK and US, Matt Wilkinson, Kerry Shale, Keith Wickham, Rob Rackstraw, Bob Golding, Nigel Pilkington, Christopher Ragland, William Hope, Jules de Jongh, Teresa Gallagher, Colin McFarlane, Togo Igawa, and David Bedella, as well as Britt Allcroft reprising her role as Lady. The film is based on the British children's book series ''The Railway Series'' by The Rev. W. Awdry, its televised adaptation ''Thomas & Friends'', and the American television series ''Shining Time Station'' by Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow.
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The film received mixed reviews from critics; while the musical score, Basso and Acker's direction, and performances of Baldwin and Carrey were praised, criticisms were aimed at Klausner, McRobb, Viscardi and Stoten's story, the CGI effects, and the deviations from the original 2000 release. A sequel is in development.
   
 
== Synopsis ==
 
== Synopsis ==
The film tells the story of Lily Stone, the granddaughter of the caretaker of an enchanted steam engine who is lacking an appropriate supply of coal, and Mr. Conductor of Shining Time Station, whose provisions of magical gold dust are at a critical low. To ameliorate these problems in World War II, Lily and Mr. Conductor enlist the help of Thomas, who confronts the ruthless and devious Diesel 10 and P.T. Boomer who plan to get rid of the railway's steam engines along the way.
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The film tells the story of Lily Stone, the granddaughter of the caretaker of an enchanted steam engine who is lacking an appropriate supply of coal, and Mr. Conductor of Shining Time Station, whose provisions of magical gold dust are at a critical low. To ameliorate these problems, Lily and Mr. Conductor enlist the help of Thomas, who confronts the ruthless and devious Diesel 10 and P.T. Boomer who plan to get rid of the railway's steam engines along the way.
   
 
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
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P.T. Boomer is jealous of the relationship that Burnett Stone had with Tasha and bullied Burnett into allowing him to take Lady for a run. After crashing her, he left Shining Time while Burnett spent years trying to restore her, to no avail.
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Meanwhile, Sir Topham Hatt and Lady Hatt are on their holiday; Topham leaves Mr. Conductor, the owner of Shining Time Station, in charge of the engines. Gordon complains to Thomas, when Diesel 10 races by, scaring both engines. Meanwhile, in Shining Time, Mr. Conductor is suffering a crisis; his supply of magic gold dust is alarmingly low and not enough for him to travel back from Sodor. At Tidmouth Sheds, Thomas is talking to James, when Diesel 10 arrives and announces his plan to rid Sodor of steam engines by finding and destroying Lady, the lost engine, the key to steam engines living in peace. Thomas leaves to collect Mr. Conductor. Lady is hidden in a workshop on Muffle Mountain after Diesel 10's previous attempt to destroy her. Lady is unable to steam despite trying all of the coals in Indian Valley. That night, Diesel 10 approaches the shed where the steam engines are sleeping to destroy the side of it with his claw. Mr. Conductor tries to keep them in order, but the gold dust fails and he scares Diesel 10 away by threatening to pour a bag of sugar in his fuel tanks.
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Burnett's granddaughter, Lily Stone, is visiting her grandfather. She meets a dog called Mutt at the railway station. At the sheds, the steam engines express their concerns about diesels to Mr. Conductor, unaware that Diesel 10's oafish diesel minions Splatter and Dodge are spying on them. Lily meets Mr. Conductor's cousin Junior and Stacy Jones before she is taken to Burnett's house. Mr. Conductor calls Junior to help him with his gold dust crisis. While talking at Knapford that night, Percy and Thomas conclude there is a secret railway between Sodor and Shining Time. After spying on their conversation and hearing everything, Diesel 10 goes to the Ironworks to tell Diesel, Splatter and Dodge of his plans to destroy Lady. Observing this, Toby distracts them by ringing his bell, causing Diesel 10 to knock one of the supports out from the shed with his claw, which collapses the roof on top of the diesels. The next morning, Thomas collects six coal trucks for Henry, and one of them accidentally rolls through the buffers that lead to the secret railway. Later that day, Mr. Conductor is ambushed by Diesel 10, who scoops him up with his claw and threatens to drop Mr. Conductor off a viaduct unless he divulges the location of the buffers. Before Diesel 10 can drop him, Mr. Conductor cuts one of the claw's fuel hoses with a pair of tin snips, and is thrown free. He lands at the Sodor windmill, where he finds a clue to the source of the gold dust.
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Lily meets Patch, who takes her to Shining Time, where she meets Junior again. Junior takes her through the Magic Railroad to Sodor, where they meet Thomas. Thomas is not happy to see Junior, but agrees to help him and Lily and takes them to the Windmill, where they find Mr. Conductor. Junior climbs onto one of the sails and is thrown onto Diesel 10's roof. Later that night, Percy finds that Splatter and Dodge have found the Sodor entrance to the Magic Railroad and goes to warn Thomas. Thomas agrees to take Lily home. While traveling through the Magic Railroad, Thomas discovers the missing coal truck, which he collects. Lily goes to find Burnett, leaving Thomas stranded. Boomer ignites an explosive device, which makes Thomas roll down the mountain and he re-enters the Magic Railroad through another secret portal, along with Boomer behind him.
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Lily finds Burnett in his workshop and he explains the problem getting Lady to steam. Lily suggests using a special coal from Sodor. Patch retrieves the truck and Burnett uses the coal to fire Lady. Now steaming, Lady takes Burnett, Lily, Patch and Mutt along the Magic Railroad. Thomas arrives and the two engines return from Misty Island, Australia, and China to Sodor, where they meet Mr. Conductor and Junior. Diesel 10 and Boomer arrive and chase Lady and Burnett, but Thomas races between them, heading towards the viaduct. Thomas and Lady both make it safely across, but the viaduct collapses under Diesel 10's weight, and he with Boomer fall and land onto a barge filled with sludge.
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As Thomas, Burnett, Lady, James and Percy return to the grotto, and Lily combines water from a wishing well and shavings from the Magic Railroad to make more gold dust. Junior decides to go to work on Sodor and Mr. Conductor gives him his conductor's hat before sending him to another railway. Lily, Burnett, Patch and Mutt return to Shining Time, and Lady returns to the Magic Railroad while Thomas travels home into the sunset. Meanwhile, Diesel 10, who is taken back for major repairs, meets a disguised P.T. Boomer, and they begin plotting their revenge.
   
 
== Cast ==
 
== Cast ==
 
* Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor III<br />A 20-centimetre tall conductor at Shining Time Station.
 
* Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor III<br />A 20-centimetre tall conductor at Shining Time Station.
** Pierce Brosman as Mr. Conductor II
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** Tom Hanks as Mr. Conductor II
 
*** Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor I
 
*** Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor I
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* Zendaya as Lily Stone<br />Burnett's tomboyish teenage granddaughter.
 
* Ciarán Hinds as Burnett Stone<br />Lily's grandfather.
 
* Ciarán Hinds as Burnett Stone<br />Lily's grandfather.
* Zendeya as Lily Stone<br />Burnett's sassy teenage granddaughter.
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** Josh Hutcherson as Young Burnett Stone
* Tom Holland as Patch<br />A young teenager.
 
* Channing Tatum as Junior<br />Mr. Conductor's cousin.
 
 
* Robert Downey Jr. as Mr. Percival<br />The current manager of the Skarloey and Culdee Fell Railways.
 
* Robert Downey Jr. as Mr. Percival<br />The current manager of the Skarloey and Culdee Fell Railways.
* Antoino Bandreas as Sailor John<br />A pirate that was in the navy, and Skiff's former owner.
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* Antonio Banderas as Lord Callan<br />The lord of Callan Castle and its surrounding land, including the infamous Black Loch. He lives at Callan Castle, where he often holds special events and celebrations.
 
* Michael Sheen as Fergus Duncan<br />The General Manager of the Arlesdale Railway.
 
* Michael Sheen as Fergus Duncan<br />The General Manager of the Arlesdale Railway.
* Elizabeth Banks as Stacy Jones<br />The manager of Shining Time Station.
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* Channing Tatum as Junior<br />Mr. Conductor's cousin.
* Adam Beach as Billy Twofeathers<br />The Native American resident railroad engineer on the Indian Valley Railroad and driver of the Rainbow Sun, as well as the handyman at Shining Time Station.
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* Tom Holland as Patch<br />A young teenager.
* Will Forte as Sir Robert Norramby<br />The Earl of Sodor.
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* Jim Carrey as P.T. Boomer<br />A ruthless biker and former stunt performer who is Burnett's rival.
* Hayley Atwell as Lady Hatt<br />Sir Topham Hatt's wife.
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* AnnaSophia Robb as Tasha Stone<br />Burnett Stone's late wife.
* Jim Carrey as P.T. Boomer<br />A ruthless biker who is an ally of Diesel 10.
 
* Jim Broadbent as Sir Topham Hatt<br />The manager of the North Western Railway and a father figure to his engines.
 
   
The "Son" and the "Father" will appear, though their actors are currently unknown.
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Additionally, Elizabeth Banks co-stars as Stacy Jones, the manager of Shining Time Station. Adam Beach portrays Billy Twofeathers, the Native American resident railroad engineer on the Indian Valley Railroad. David Warner appears as Sir Robert Norramby, the Earl of Sodor. Will Forte appears as Jem Cole, the operator of Trevor who has his own yard at Killaban. Lake Bell has a minor role as Mrs. Stone, the mother of Lily.
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Original ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' cast members Mara Wilson, Michael E. Rodgers, Lori Hallier, Robert Tinkler, and ''Shining Time Station'' cast members Didi Conn, Tom Jackson, and Jonathan Freeman are cast in undisclosed roles, with Cody McMains, Peter Fonda, and Russell Means appearing through archival footage.
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Sailor John, Dowager Hatt, Allicia Botti, the Thin Clergyman, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, as well as the "Son" and the "Father" from the unplanned ''The Adventures of Thomas'' were meant to appear, but are put in development for the film's sequel.
   
 
=== Voices ===
 
=== Voices ===
* Joseph May voices Thomas<br />A friendly, blue tank engine who runs his own branch line.
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* Kerry Shale voices:
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* John Hasler as Thomas and Rheneas
** Dodge<br />A bumbling olive diesel and Splatter's twin.
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* Matt Wilkinson as Diesel 10, Cranky, Spencer, Ben, Scruff, Charlie, Stanley, and Rusty
** Gordon<br />A blue tender engine who does the main line express and is the Flying Scotsman's brother.
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* Keith Wickham as Henry, Gordon, Bertie, Harvey, Norman, Den, Salty, Whiff, Skarloey, Harold, Sir Handel, and Sir Topham Hatt
** Henry<br />A green mixed-traffic tender engine who is smaller than Gordon.
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* Bob Golding as Splatter, Sidney, and Stephen
** Harold<br />A white rescue helicopter who flies around Sodor.
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* Rob Rackstraw as Dodge, James, Big Mickey, Sam, Toby, and Donald
* Rob Rackstraw voices James<br />A boastful red splendid mixed-traffic engine.
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* Nigel Pilkington as Percy
* Christopher Ragland voices Percy<br />A green saddle tank engine who takes the mail and is Thomas' best friend.
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* Kerry Shale as Diesel and Iron 'Arry
* Jules de Jongh voices Emily<br />A very kind and friendly tender engine who is always sensitive to the other engines' feelings.
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* Britt Allcroft as Lady
* Yvonne Grundy voices Nia<br />A Kenyan tank engine who befriended and accompanied Thomas on his journey around the world.
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* William Hope as Iron Bert
* Rachael Miller voices Rebecca<br />A large tender engine that originates from The Mainland.
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* Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel, Emily, Belle, and Mavis
* Teresa Gallagher voices:
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* Colin McFarlane as Bulgy
** Mavis<br />A 0-6-0 diesel-mechanical shunting engine.
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* Togo Igawa as Hiro
** Annie and Clarabel<br />Thomas' branch line coaches.
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* David Bedella as Victor
* Michael Brandon voices Diesel<br />A diesel shunting locomotive.
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* Steven Kynman as Duck, Paxton, Dart, Porter, Peter Sam, and Ryan
* Eddie Redmayne voices Ryan<br />A purple tank engine who takes goods on the Harwick Branch Line.
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* Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
* Matt Wilkinson voices:
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* Yvonne Grundy as Nia
** Diesel 10<br />An evil Diesel locomotive with a hydraulic claw, who hates steam engines and wants to destroy them.
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* Joe Mills as Douglas
** Splatter<br />A bumbling purple diesel and Dodge's twin.
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* Jonathan Forbes as Connor
* Britt Allcroft voices Lady<br />A beautiful lost magical tank engine, owned by Burnett Stone who runs the Magic Railroad.
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* Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
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* Dan Li as Yong Bao
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* Clive Mantle as Gator
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* Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
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* Michael Legge as Luke
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* Tim Whitnall as Timothy
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* Robert Wilfort as Samson
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* Tom Stourton as Duncan
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* Joseph May as Thomas
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* Matt Wilkinson as Diesel 10, Ben, and Rusty
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* Keith Wickham as Bertie, Den, Salty, Norman, Harvey, Skarloey, Sir Handel, and Sir Topham Hatt
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* Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, Scruff, Iron 'Arry, and Harold
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* Bob Golding as Splatter, Sidney, and Stephen
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* Rob Rackstraw as Dodge, James, Toby, Big Mickey, Sam, Stanley, and Donald
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* Christopher Ragland as Percy
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* Britt Allcroft as Lady
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* Jules de Jongh as Emily
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* William Hope as Whiff and Iron Bert
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* Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel, Belle, and Mavis
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* Colin McFarlane as Bulgy
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* Togo Igawa as Hiro
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* David Bedella as Victor
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* John Hasler as Rheneas
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* Steven Kynman as Duck, Paxton, Charlie, Dart, Peter Sam, and Ryan
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* Glenn Wrage as Cranky and Spencer
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* David Menkin as Porter
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* Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
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* Yvonne Grundy as Nia
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* Joe Mills as Douglas
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* Jonathan Forbes as Connor
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* Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
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* Dan Li as Yong Bao
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* Clive Mantle as Gator
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* Rasmus Hardiker as Bill and Philip
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* Michael Legge as Luke
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* Tim Whitnall as Timothy
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* Robert Wilfort as Samson
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* Tom Stourton as Duncan
   
Additionally, Martin Sherman and Ben Small, who originally voiced Thomas in the US and the UK, and former ''Thomas & Friends'' narrators Michael Angelis and Mark Moraghan are cast in undisclosed voice roles.
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Additionally, the Troublesome Trucks, Judy and Jerome, Oliver, Edward, Rebecca, Rocky, Daisy, Kevin, Ashima, Toad, Skiff, Caitlin, Marion, Flynn, Rajiv, Millie, Vinnie, Butch, Merrick, Owen, Etienne, Henrietta, Terence, Trevor, and Glynn have non-speaking cameos.
   
 
== Production ==
 
== Production ==
 
=== Development ===
 
=== Development ===
 
=== Casting ===
 
=== Casting ===
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Britt Allcroft reprises her voice role as Lady from the original 2000 film. According to Basso, Lady's lines remain mostly the same from the original film. Michael Brandon was originally attached to voice Diesel, but was replaced by Kerry Shale. Jonathan Broadbent was original cast to voice Bill and Ben, but was later replaced by Rasmus Hardiker and Rob Rackstraw. Eddie Redmayne was set to voice Ryan from 2015, but was replaced by Steven Kynman. Will Forte was originally planned to play the Earl of Sodor, then Ray Winstone, but was later replaced by David Warner in the final film. Jim Broadbent and Hayley Atwell were cast as Sir Topham Hatt and Lady Hatt, before their roles were removed, and Keith Wickham provided a vocal cameo of Topham.
 
=== Filming ===
 
=== Filming ===
 
=== Music and soundtrack ===
 
=== Music and soundtrack ===
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Hans Zimmer and Alan Silvestri were announced to compose the film's score, with Silvestri conducting. Returning songs are "Shining Time" and "How the Moon Must Feel", along with "Really Useful Engine", "Thomas' Anthem", and "The Island Song" from ''T&F''.
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== Reception ==
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=== Critical response ===
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On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 56% and an average rating of 5.24/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Kids these days demand the better plot, not lost in the its Americanization than British originally." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 52 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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=== Audience response ===
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Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. Those at PostTrak gave it 4 out of 5 stars and a "definite recommend" of 64%; parents and children gave it a full five out of five stars. For the film's opening night, men gave a positive score of 82%, and women gave it an 78%.
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=== Accolades ===
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=== Box office ===
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== Sequel ==
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{{MainPage|Return to the Magic Railroad}}
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Because of its success, a sequel, entitled ''Return to the Magic Railroad'', is in development. The film features Baldwin, Hinds, Carrey, Hasler, and May reprising their roles as Mr. Conductor, Burnett Stone, P.T. Boomer, and Thomas, respectively. It also features most of the engines from the model series making their comebacks.
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== Transcript ==
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{{MainPage|Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2020 film)/Transcript}}
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== Trivia ==
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* Bulgy portrays George's scrapped role in the film's original release as one of Diesel 10's henchmen.
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* Apart from screaming and gasping provided by their actors, the non-speaking characters remain silent.
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* Thanks to the success for the 2000 film's extended cut, P.T. Boomer portrays a bigger role for the remake.
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== Differences between the 2000 film ==
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* Henry's line "Diesel knows that the lost engine in the legend really exists" is given to Salty, for which his role is to tell the backstory of Lady; same for "Of an engine whose magic makes her more powerful than Diesel will ever be, that's why he wants to find her" to Whiff, and Toby's line "And if he finds her, I fear that will destroy us all" to Hiro.
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* Cranky drops a crate of fruits and vegetables on Splatter and Dodge.
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* James and Percy are present in the ending at the wishing well.
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* Patch is attended to be Irish.
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* The railway was undergoing major repairs throughout the film, which would explain why Tidmouth Sheds is under repair.
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* Diesel is the second-in-command of Diesel 10, and the leader of Splatter and Dodge.
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* Diesel 10's accent is given to be Russian.
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* Thomas is knocked off of Muffle Mountain by an explosion caused by P.T. Boomer.
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* The location of the clue to the gold dust's source is a large waterfall that Mr. Conductor had to climb up to retrieve a sheet of paper.
 
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Little engines can do big things!
~ The film's tagline


Thomas and the Magic Railroad is an upcoming 2020 British-American fantasy comedy film written by Josh Klausner, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi and David Stoten, produced by Tracy Blagdon and Julia Pistor, and directed by Dianna Basso and Shane Acker. The film stars Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Mr. Conductor, alongside Ciarán Hinds, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Channing Tatum, Tom Holland, Tom Hanks, Ringo Starr, Jim Carrey, and AnnaSophia Robb in supporting roles. Returning voice talents from TTTE are John Hasler and Joseph May as Thomas in the UK and US, Matt Wilkinson, Kerry Shale, Keith Wickham, Rob Rackstraw, Bob Golding, Nigel Pilkington, Christopher Ragland, William Hope, Jules de Jongh, Teresa Gallagher, Colin McFarlane, Togo Igawa, and David Bedella, as well as Britt Allcroft reprising her role as Lady. The film is based on the British children's book series The Railway Series by The Rev. W. Awdry, its televised adaptation Thomas & Friends, and the American television series Shining Time Station by Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow.

The film received mixed reviews from critics; while the musical score, Basso and Acker's direction, and performances of Baldwin and Carrey were praised, criticisms were aimed at Klausner, McRobb, Viscardi and Stoten's story, the CGI effects, and the deviations from the original 2000 release. A sequel is in development.

Synopsis Edit

The film tells the story of Lily Stone, the granddaughter of the caretaker of an enchanted steam engine who is lacking an appropriate supply of coal, and Mr. Conductor of Shining Time Station, whose provisions of magical gold dust are at a critical low. To ameliorate these problems, Lily and Mr. Conductor enlist the help of Thomas, who confronts the ruthless and devious Diesel 10 and P.T. Boomer who plan to get rid of the railway's steam engines along the way.

Plot Edit

P.T. Boomer is jealous of the relationship that Burnett Stone had with Tasha and bullied Burnett into allowing him to take Lady for a run. After crashing her, he left Shining Time while Burnett spent years trying to restore her, to no avail.

Meanwhile, Sir Topham Hatt and Lady Hatt are on their holiday; Topham leaves Mr. Conductor, the owner of Shining Time Station, in charge of the engines. Gordon complains to Thomas, when Diesel 10 races by, scaring both engines. Meanwhile, in Shining Time, Mr. Conductor is suffering a crisis; his supply of magic gold dust is alarmingly low and not enough for him to travel back from Sodor. At Tidmouth Sheds, Thomas is talking to James, when Diesel 10 arrives and announces his plan to rid Sodor of steam engines by finding and destroying Lady, the lost engine, the key to steam engines living in peace. Thomas leaves to collect Mr. Conductor. Lady is hidden in a workshop on Muffle Mountain after Diesel 10's previous attempt to destroy her. Lady is unable to steam despite trying all of the coals in Indian Valley. That night, Diesel 10 approaches the shed where the steam engines are sleeping to destroy the side of it with his claw. Mr. Conductor tries to keep them in order, but the gold dust fails and he scares Diesel 10 away by threatening to pour a bag of sugar in his fuel tanks.

Burnett's granddaughter, Lily Stone, is visiting her grandfather. She meets a dog called Mutt at the railway station. At the sheds, the steam engines express their concerns about diesels to Mr. Conductor, unaware that Diesel 10's oafish diesel minions Splatter and Dodge are spying on them. Lily meets Mr. Conductor's cousin Junior and Stacy Jones before she is taken to Burnett's house. Mr. Conductor calls Junior to help him with his gold dust crisis. While talking at Knapford that night, Percy and Thomas conclude there is a secret railway between Sodor and Shining Time. After spying on their conversation and hearing everything, Diesel 10 goes to the Ironworks to tell Diesel, Splatter and Dodge of his plans to destroy Lady. Observing this, Toby distracts them by ringing his bell, causing Diesel 10 to knock one of the supports out from the shed with his claw, which collapses the roof on top of the diesels. The next morning, Thomas collects six coal trucks for Henry, and one of them accidentally rolls through the buffers that lead to the secret railway. Later that day, Mr. Conductor is ambushed by Diesel 10, who scoops him up with his claw and threatens to drop Mr. Conductor off a viaduct unless he divulges the location of the buffers. Before Diesel 10 can drop him, Mr. Conductor cuts one of the claw's fuel hoses with a pair of tin snips, and is thrown free. He lands at the Sodor windmill, where he finds a clue to the source of the gold dust.

Lily meets Patch, who takes her to Shining Time, where she meets Junior again. Junior takes her through the Magic Railroad to Sodor, where they meet Thomas. Thomas is not happy to see Junior, but agrees to help him and Lily and takes them to the Windmill, where they find Mr. Conductor. Junior climbs onto one of the sails and is thrown onto Diesel 10's roof. Later that night, Percy finds that Splatter and Dodge have found the Sodor entrance to the Magic Railroad and goes to warn Thomas. Thomas agrees to take Lily home. While traveling through the Magic Railroad, Thomas discovers the missing coal truck, which he collects. Lily goes to find Burnett, leaving Thomas stranded. Boomer ignites an explosive device, which makes Thomas roll down the mountain and he re-enters the Magic Railroad through another secret portal, along with Boomer behind him.

Lily finds Burnett in his workshop and he explains the problem getting Lady to steam. Lily suggests using a special coal from Sodor. Patch retrieves the truck and Burnett uses the coal to fire Lady. Now steaming, Lady takes Burnett, Lily, Patch and Mutt along the Magic Railroad. Thomas arrives and the two engines return from Misty Island, Australia, and China to Sodor, where they meet Mr. Conductor and Junior. Diesel 10 and Boomer arrive and chase Lady and Burnett, but Thomas races between them, heading towards the viaduct. Thomas and Lady both make it safely across, but the viaduct collapses under Diesel 10's weight, and he with Boomer fall and land onto a barge filled with sludge.

As Thomas, Burnett, Lady, James and Percy return to the grotto, and Lily combines water from a wishing well and shavings from the Magic Railroad to make more gold dust. Junior decides to go to work on Sodor and Mr. Conductor gives him his conductor's hat before sending him to another railway. Lily, Burnett, Patch and Mutt return to Shining Time, and Lady returns to the Magic Railroad while Thomas travels home into the sunset. Meanwhile, Diesel 10, who is taken back for major repairs, meets a disguised P.T. Boomer, and they begin plotting their revenge.

Cast Edit

  • Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor III
    A 20-centimetre tall conductor at Shining Time Station.
    • Tom Hanks as Mr. Conductor II
      • Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor I
  • Zendaya as Lily Stone
    Burnett's tomboyish teenage granddaughter.
  • Ciarán Hinds as Burnett Stone
    Lily's grandfather.
    • Josh Hutcherson as Young Burnett Stone
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Mr. Percival
    The current manager of the Skarloey and Culdee Fell Railways.
  • Antonio Banderas as Lord Callan
    The lord of Callan Castle and its surrounding land, including the infamous Black Loch. He lives at Callan Castle, where he often holds special events and celebrations.
  • Michael Sheen as Fergus Duncan
    The General Manager of the Arlesdale Railway.
  • Channing Tatum as Junior
    Mr. Conductor's cousin.
  • Tom Holland as Patch
    A young teenager.
  • Jim Carrey as P.T. Boomer
    A ruthless biker and former stunt performer who is Burnett's rival.
  • AnnaSophia Robb as Tasha Stone
    Burnett Stone's late wife.

Additionally, Elizabeth Banks co-stars as Stacy Jones, the manager of Shining Time Station. Adam Beach portrays Billy Twofeathers, the Native American resident railroad engineer on the Indian Valley Railroad. David Warner appears as Sir Robert Norramby, the Earl of Sodor. Will Forte appears as Jem Cole, the operator of Trevor who has his own yard at Killaban. Lake Bell has a minor role as Mrs. Stone, the mother of Lily.

Original Thomas and the Magic Railroad cast members Mara Wilson, Michael E. Rodgers, Lori Hallier, Robert Tinkler, and Shining Time Station cast members Didi Conn, Tom Jackson, and Jonathan Freeman are cast in undisclosed roles, with Cody McMains, Peter Fonda, and Russell Means appearing through archival footage.

Sailor John, Dowager Hatt, Allicia Botti, the Thin Clergyman, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, as well as the "Son" and the "Father" from the unplanned The Adventures of Thomas were meant to appear, but are put in development for the film's sequel.

Voices Edit

UK Edit

  • John Hasler as Thomas and Rheneas
  • Matt Wilkinson as Diesel 10, Cranky, Spencer, Ben, Scruff, Charlie, Stanley, and Rusty
  • Keith Wickham as Henry, Gordon, Bertie, Harvey, Norman, Den, Salty, Whiff, Skarloey, Harold, Sir Handel, and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Bob Golding as Splatter, Sidney, and Stephen
  • Rob Rackstraw as Dodge, James, Big Mickey, Sam, Toby, and Donald
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel and Iron 'Arry
  • Britt Allcroft as Lady
  • William Hope as Iron Bert
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel, Emily, Belle, and Mavis
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Paxton, Dart, Porter, Peter Sam, and Ryan
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Joe Mills as Douglas
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
  • Dan Li as Yong Bao
  • Clive Mantle as Gator
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Michael Legge as Luke
  • Tim Whitnall as Timothy
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan

US Edit

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Matt Wilkinson as Diesel 10, Ben, and Rusty
  • Keith Wickham as Bertie, Den, Salty, Norman, Harvey, Skarloey, Sir Handel, and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, Scruff, Iron 'Arry, and Harold
  • Bob Golding as Splatter, Sidney, and Stephen
  • Rob Rackstraw as Dodge, James, Toby, Big Mickey, Sam, Stanley, and Donald
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Britt Allcroft as Lady
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • William Hope as Whiff and Iron Bert
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel, Belle, and Mavis
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • John Hasler as Rheneas
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Paxton, Charlie, Dart, Peter Sam, and Ryan
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky and Spencer
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Joe Mills as Douglas
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
  • Dan Li as Yong Bao
  • Clive Mantle as Gator
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill and Philip
  • Michael Legge as Luke
  • Tim Whitnall as Timothy
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan

Additionally, the Troublesome Trucks, Judy and Jerome, Oliver, Edward, Rebecca, Rocky, Daisy, Kevin, Ashima, Toad, Skiff, Caitlin, Marion, Flynn, Rajiv, Millie, Vinnie, Butch, Merrick, Owen, Etienne, Henrietta, Terence, Trevor, and Glynn have non-speaking cameos.

Production Edit

Development Edit

Casting Edit

Britt Allcroft reprises her voice role as Lady from the original 2000 film. According to Basso, Lady's lines remain mostly the same from the original film. Michael Brandon was originally attached to voice Diesel, but was replaced by Kerry Shale. Jonathan Broadbent was original cast to voice Bill and Ben, but was later replaced by Rasmus Hardiker and Rob Rackstraw. Eddie Redmayne was set to voice Ryan from 2015, but was replaced by Steven Kynman. Will Forte was originally planned to play the Earl of Sodor, then Ray Winstone, but was later replaced by David Warner in the final film. Jim Broadbent and Hayley Atwell were cast as Sir Topham Hatt and Lady Hatt, before their roles were removed, and Keith Wickham provided a vocal cameo of Topham.

Filming Edit

Music and soundtrack Edit

Hans Zimmer and Alan Silvestri were announced to compose the film's score, with Silvestri conducting. Returning songs are "Shining Time" and "How the Moon Must Feel", along with "Really Useful Engine", "Thomas' Anthem", and "The Island Song" from T&F.

Reception Edit

Critical response Edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 56% and an average rating of 5.24/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Kids these days demand the better plot, not lost in the its Americanization than British originally." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 52 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Audience response Edit

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. Those at PostTrak gave it 4 out of 5 stars and a "definite recommend" of 64%; parents and children gave it a full five out of five stars. For the film's opening night, men gave a positive score of 82%, and women gave it an 78%.

Accolades Edit

Box office Edit

Sequel Edit

Main page: Return to the Magic Railroad

Because of its success, a sequel, entitled Return to the Magic Railroad, is in development. The film features Baldwin, Hinds, Carrey, Hasler, and May reprising their roles as Mr. Conductor, Burnett Stone, P.T. Boomer, and Thomas, respectively. It also features most of the engines from the model series making their comebacks.

Transcript Edit

Main page: Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2020 film)/Transcript

Trivia Edit

  • Bulgy portrays George's scrapped role in the film's original release as one of Diesel 10's henchmen.
  • Apart from screaming and gasping provided by their actors, the non-speaking characters remain silent.
  • Thanks to the success for the 2000 film's extended cut, P.T. Boomer portrays a bigger role for the remake.

Differences between the 2000 film Edit

  • Henry's line "Diesel knows that the lost engine in the legend really exists" is given to Salty, for which his role is to tell the backstory of Lady; same for "Of an engine whose magic makes her more powerful than Diesel will ever be, that's why he wants to find her" to Whiff, and Toby's line "And if he finds her, I fear that will destroy us all" to Hiro.
  • Cranky drops a crate of fruits and vegetables on Splatter and Dodge.
  • James and Percy are present in the ending at the wishing well.
  • Patch is attended to be Irish.
  • The railway was undergoing major repairs throughout the film, which would explain why Tidmouth Sheds is under repair.
  • Diesel is the second-in-command of Diesel 10, and the leader of Splatter and Dodge.
  • Diesel 10's accent is given to be Russian.
  • Thomas is knocked off of Muffle Mountain by an explosion caused by P.T. Boomer.
  • The location of the clue to the gold dust's source is a large waterfall that Mr. Conductor had to climb up to retrieve a sheet of paper.
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