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Thomas' Really Useful Surprise is a fanfiction Thomas US VHS Release created by SuperMalechi. It features six episodes narrated by Ringo Starr & George Carlin. Released in 1997.

Stories

  1. Thomas Meets The Queen (George Carlin)
  2. Mind That Bike (George Carlin)
  3. Special Attracion (George Carlin)
  4. Bulgy (George Carlin)
  5. Daisy (Ringo Starr)
  6. Percy's Predicament (Ringo Starr)

Song

  1. That's What Friends are For

Notes

  • Narrated by George Carlin and Ringo Starr.
  • Release Date: Feburary 11, 1997.
  • In the 1997/2000 versions, the US Season 4 intro (version 2), nameplate sequence (1996-1998) and UK Season 4 outro are used together.
  • In the 2002 version, the Custom Season 5-7 intro, nameplate sequence ([tel:[tel:1999/2000-2005 1999 1999/2000-2005 1999]/2000-2005]/2006-onwards) and the Custom Season 5-7 outro are used together.
  • In the 1997/2000 versions, the "Next Story Coming Up Soon!" logo is taken from the "Rusty To The Rescue" 1995 VHS, the "Thomas and The Special Letter" 1995 VHS, the "Thomas and His Friends Help Out" 1996 VHS, the "The Gallant Old Engine" 1996 VHS, the "Thomas Meets The Queen" 1997 VHS and the "Races, Rescues and Runaways" 1999 VHS.
  • In the 2002 versions, the "Next Video Coming Up Soon!" logo is taken from the "Make Someone Happy" 2000 VHS, the "Salty's Secret" 2002 VHS, the "Percy's Chocolate Crunch" 2003 VHS, the "James and The Red Balloon" 2003 VHS, the "Thomas' Snowy Surprise" 2003 VHS, the "Best of Gordon" 2004 VHS, the "New Friends For Thomas" 2004 VHS, the "Thomas and The Jet Engine" 2004 VHS and the "Hooray For Thomas" 2005 VHS.
  • In the 1997/2000 versions, the text logo is taken from the "Sing-Along and Stories" 1997 VHS.
  • In the 2002 versions, the text is taken from the "Make Someone Happy" 2000 VHS.
  • Distrbuted by Video Treasures.

Goofs

  • In the 1997/2000 releases, in the opening credits, the title says "Told by GEORGE CARLIN", but Ringo Starr did two episodes. The error is fixed in the 2002 release.

Opening Previews

1997 version

  1. Video Treasures Tracking Control
  2. Video Treasures FBI Warning
  3. Video Treasures logo (1987-1997)
  4. Gullane Entertainment logo
  5. Thomas and Friends US Season 4 intro (version 2)
  6. First few seconds of Thomas Meets The Queen

2000 version

  1. Anchor Bay FBI Warning
  2. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (1998-2004)
  3. Gullane Entertainment logo
  4. Thomas and Friends US Season 4 intro (version 2)
  5. First few seconds of Thomas Meets The Queen

2002 version

  1. Anchor Bay FBI Warning
  2. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (1998-2004)
  3. Gullane Entertainment logo ([tel:[tel:[tel:1998-1999/2000-2002 1998-1999/2000-2002] 1998-1999/2000-2002] 1998-1999/2000-2002]/2003-present)
  4. Thomas and Friends Custom Season 5-7 intro
  5. First few seconds of Thomas Meets The Queen

Closing Previews

1997 version

  1. Last few seconds of That's What Friends Are For
  2. Thomas and Friends UK Season 4 outro
  3. Gullane Entertainment logo
  4. Video Treasures logo (1987-1997, still version, silent)

2000 version

  1. Last few seconds of That's What Friends Are For
  2. Thomas and Friends UK Season 4 outro
  3. Gullane Entertainment logo

2002 version

  1. Last few seconds of That's What Friends Are For
  2. Thomas the Tank Engine website logo
  3. Thomas and Friends Custom Season 5-7 outro
  4. A Britt Allcroft Production for Gullane Entertainment logo

Opening Credits

1997/2000 versions

  • THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE & FRIENDS
  • Based on The Railway Series by The REV.W.AWDRY
  • Adaptation by BRITT ALLCROFT
  • THOMAS' REALLY USEFUL SURPRISE
  • Told by GEORGE CARLIN
  • Directed by DAVID MITTON

2002 version

  • THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE & FRIENDS
  • Based on The Railway Series by The REV.W.AWDRY
  • Created for Television by BRITT ALLCROFT
  • THOMAS' REALLY USEFUL SURPRISE
  • Storyteller RINGO STARR & GEORGE CARLIN
  • Directed by DAVID MITTON

Cover Arts

1997 release

Front Cover

Back Cover

2000/2002 version

Front Cover

Back Cover

Nameplates

1997/2000 releases

After Thomas Meets The Queen

  • Donald and Douglas
  • Sir Handel
  • Skarloey
  • Bertie
  • Toby
  • Harold
  • Terence
  • Bill and Ben
  • Trevor
  • Stepney
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • Percy

After Mind That Bike

  • Gordon
  • James
  • Peter Sam
  • Henry
  • Bertie
  • Rusty
  • Oliver
  • Terence
  • Bill and Ben
  • Bulgy
  • Stepney
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Percy

After Special Attracion

  • Sir Handel
  • Daisy
  • Duncan
  • Percy
  • Harold
  • Terence
  • Bill and Ben
  • Trevor
  • Stepney
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Bulgy

After Bulgy

  • Diesel
  • Sir Handel
  • Skarloey
  • Bertie
  • Percy
  • Harold
  • Terence
  • Bill and Ben
  • Trevor
  • Stepney
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • Daisy

After Daisy

  • Donald and Douglas
  • Rheneas
  • George
  • Bertie
  • James
  • Boco
  • Henry
  • Bill and Ben
  • Harold
  • Stepney
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • Percy

After Percy's Predicament

  • BoCo
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Sir Handel
  • Skarloey
  • Bertie
  • Percy
  • Harold
  • Terence
  • Bill and Ben
  • Trevor
  • Toby
  • Duke
  • Edward
  • Thomas

2002 version

After Thomas Meets The Queen

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

After Mind That Bike

  • Bill and Ben
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Duck
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • BoCo
  • Harold
  • Trevor

After Special Attracion

  • Donald and Douglas
  • Sir Handel
  • Skarloey
  • Bertie
  • Percy
  • Harold
  • Terence
  • Bill and Ben
  • Trevor
  • Stepney
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James

After Bulgy

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

After Daisy

  • Bill and Ben
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Duck
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • BoCo
  • Harold
  • Trevor

After Percy's Predicament

  • Donald and Douglas
  • Sir Handel
  • Skarloey
  • Bertie
  • Percy
  • Harold
  • Terence
  • Bill and Ben
  • Trevor
  • Stepney
  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James

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