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Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2019)
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Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Britt Allcroft
The Umbilical Brothers
Produced by Britt Allcroft
Phil Fehrle
Ringo Starr
Written by Robert Zemeckis
Britt Allcroft
Screenplay by Britt Allcroft
Roger Avary
Neil Gaiman
Bob Gale
Robert Zemeckis
Based on The Railway Series by Rev. W. Awdry
Thomas the Tank Engine by Britt Allcroft
Shining Time Station by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow
Narrated by Anne Hathaway
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures (US)
Sony Pictures Entertainment (International)
Running time
130 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $850 million
Box office $1.975 billion

Thomas and the Magic Railroad (also known as Thomas the Tank Engine: The Magic Railroad in the United Kingdom and Germany) is a 2019 American 3D live-action/CGI animated family adventure fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, Britt Allcroft and The Umbilical Brothers based on three titled The Railway Series by Rev. W. Awdry, on the television series of the character from the same name and Shining Time Station by Britt Allcroft.

The film is a remake of the 2000 original film of the same name by the same director who created the film named Britt Allcroft, but it was a box-office bomb and a critical failure from critics and the fandom of the book and the show for the plot that was changed from the original cut, terrible acting, and the editing which had made the editor shortened the time of the main character and removed the true villain when it released on 2000, which in the 2019 version, it has all the characters like P.T. Boomer, Tasha and even George from the film and not been edited from before along with the help of Robert Zemeckis.

It was produced by ImageMovers, Legendary Pictures, and HiT Entertainment, presented in association with the Isle of Man Film Commission, and distributed by Universal Pictures in US prints and along with Sony Pictures Entertainment (who originally known as Destination Films also created the 2000 film) in US and international prints.

The film was a critical, commercial, and financial success, and received positive reviews from the critics about the visual effects, the CGI animation on the trains, splendid acting, and the plot along with the performance of Nicolas Cage. The film also become the fourth highest grossing film and won eight Academy Awards and received eight Academy Award nominations. At the UK, the film had won three BAFTA Film Awards and also got one BAFTA nomination.

Synopsis

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Plot

The film begins with a female narrator telling the story on the Island of Sodor, where it was populated by talking trains, which the only one here was Thomas the Tank Engine. Thomas is a really useful engine who is very kind to his friends. A few seconds later, Thomas met Gordon at Wellsworth Station, telling him that Sir Topham Hatt was gone for a holiday. But then, Diesel 10 rudely pass both Thomas and Gordon, which means that Diesel 10 was sent to the Island of Sodor by Sir Topham Hatt for helping, but he was acting like he was bullying any engines.

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Cast

Live-action actors

There are some cameo appearances in the film like:

  • Alexander Gould as Newspaper Delivery Boy
  • John Bellis as Shining Time Firefighter
  • Robert Zemeckis as Himself (He appears in a mid-credits scene along with Britt Allcroft to tell the audience that he and Britt hoped the audience enjoyed the movie)
  • Britt Allcroft as Herself (She appears in a mid-credits scene along with Robert Zemeckis to tell the audience that she and Zemeckis hoped the audience enjoyed the movie)
  • Ringo Starr as Storyteller (He appears in a scene where he tell stories about Thomas and his friends in the Island of Sodor to the children)
  • Keith Scott as Australian Passenger
  • Doug Walker as Himself (He makes a cameo appearance when he was late for his train)

Voice actors of animated characters

Steam Engines

Diesels

Others

Production

Development

In 2003, 3 years after the original film became a box-office failure, Britt Allcroft, creator of Thomas & Friends, has been resigned from her original company which was now known as "Gullane Entertainment". After HiT Entertainment took control on Thomas & Friends, HiT revealed that its theatrical division would be piloted by a "Thomas" film. Originally targeted for late-2010 release, in September 2009 this was revised to "Spring 2011".

As of January 2011, the release date had been pushed back further to 2012 and the name of the production had still not been announced. The initial draft of the script was written by Josh Klausner who has also said that the film will be set around the times of World War II, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi also helped write the script. On 8 June 2011, Deadline announced that 9 director Shane Acker will direct the live-action adaptation of Thomas the Tank Engine, with Weta Digital designing the film's visual effects.

Since then, no actual production has been announced, until Robert Zemeckis came in and remake the original "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" film, along with Britt Allcroft, to bring in new actors to play the characters from the original "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" film (except Alec Baldwin, in which he will reprise his role as Mr. Conductor), new voice actors to play the animated Thomas & Friends characters, video editing and restoration, audio mastering, mixing, recording, and editing, CGI animation for the "Island of Sodor" segments, blue-screen and green-screen effects for the "Island of Sodor" segments, new visual effects, and some brand new music, along with the original music from the original "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" film.

Casting

While the film is on development, Robert Zemeckis hired Alec Baldwin who previously played as Mr. Conductor in the original 2000 film, so Baldwin agreed to reprise his role.

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Filming

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Animation

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Visual Effects

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Post Production

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Music

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Release

Thomas and the Magic Railroad is set to release into theaters on February 12, 2019 in America.

Thomas and the Magic Railroad will also be releasing on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on the late 2019 with a new DVD and Blu-ray release for the director's cut version of the original 2000 film. Along with the 2019 film and the 2000 film's director's cut version is the Shining Time Station Volumes 1, 2, and 3 on DVD and Blu-ray. 2099

Animated shorts

The 2019 remake of "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" has four computer-animated shorts which was the recreation of well-known episodes from the original television series like Thomas and Bertie, Thomas Goes Fishing, Thomas and Gordon and Down the Mine by HiT Entertainment in theatrical releases and on DVD and Blu-ray.

Marketing

About a few weeks later after the film's release, Bachmann Industries released a model of Shining Time Station and even the Island of Sodor along with train models of Thomas, Lady, and Diesel 10 and some human models of Burnett Stone, Lily, Mr. Conductor, and P.T. Boomer.

Home media

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Soundtrack

Broadway musical

One year after the movie's release, the film will be adapted into a Broadway musical based on the movie titled Thomas and the Magic Railroad: The Musical.

DVD or Blu-Ray Main Menu

Here's is the sections from the DVD and Blu-Ray main menus.

  • Play Movie
  • Scene Selection
    1. Opening Titles/Meet Thomas
    2. Lily in the Big City
    3. Boomer's Return
    4. Diesel 10 Bothers the Steam Engines
    5. Splatter & Dodge
    6. Mr. Conductor
    7. Lily
    8. The Legend
    9. Sir Topham Hatt's Orders
    10. Sugar in a Diesel Tank
    11. Burnett meets Boomer
    12. "I Know How the Moon Must Feel"
    13. "Where is the windmill?"
    14. George the Steamroller
    15. Calling Junior
    16. Lily Arrives at Shining Time
    17. Mr. Conductor Has Another Bad Dream
    18. Boomer and Burnett at the Crossroads
    19. Sounds of Lady's Magic
    20. Mavis Betrays the Mean Diesels/Delayed
    21. "Really Useful Engine"
    22. Mr. Conductor in Diesel's Clutches
    23. The Clue
    24. Traveling to the Island of Sodor
    25. Lily Meets Thomas
    26. Family Reunion
    27. Landing into Trouble
    28. Mr. Conductor and Lily
    29. The Truth About Lady
    30. Solving Some Mysteries
    31. Looking for Lily's Grandfather
    32. "It's Now or Never!"
    33. George, Paxton and Diesel Quit the Evil Diesel Team
    34. Green for Glory
    35. The Train Chase to the Viaduct
    36. "Gold Dust!!!"
    37. 20 Years into the Future
    38. Closing Credits
  • Set Up
    • Language
      • English
      • French (Thomas et le Magie Ferroviaire)
      • Spanish (Thomas y el Ferrocarril Mágico)
      • Portuguese (Thomas e a Ferrovia Mágica)
      • German (Thomas die kleine Lokomotive: Die Magische Eisenbahn; title translated in English as Thomas the Tank Engine: The Magic Railroad)
      • Hungarian (Thomas és a Mágikus Vasút)
      • Danish (Thomas og det Magic Railroad)
      • Norwegian (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen)
      • Swedish (Thomas och den Magiska Järnvägen)
      • Italian (Thomas e Magica Ferrovia)
      • Polish (Thomas i Magiczna Kolejowy)
      • Japanese (きかんしゃトーマス魔法の線路)
      • Korean (토마스와 마법의 철도)
      • Greek (Θωμάς και το Μαγεία Σιδηροδρομικές)
      • Thai (โทมัสและเวทมนตร์ของทางรถไฟ)
    • Subtitles
      • English
      • French
      • Spanish
      • Portuguese
      • German
      • Hungarian
      • Danish
      • Norwegian
      • Swedish
      • Italian
      • Polish
      • Japanese
      • Korean
      • Greek
      • Thai
    • Commentaries with Britt Allcroft, Robert Zemeckis and The Umbilical Brothers (with or without subtitles)
  • Special Features

Reception

Box office

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Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating with an average rating of 8/10 based on 260 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "An old timer film that it was very bad on 2000 so now it was back on the rail to make it better." On Metacritic, the film achieved an average score of 84 out of 100 based on 39 reviews, signifying "universal acclaim".

CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film a rare "A-" grade. Some of the critics and moviegoers had praised Nicolas Cage's performance of the character Boomer, The New York Times reviewed his performance "When the infamous actor used to make an appearance in any movie like The Wicker Man until it has been flopped, but his performance that he did was the main antagonist P.T. Boomer in the remake from the original 2000 film Thomas and the Magic Railroad where Boomer is very envious that he has nothing to get on his way, which is the most great performance I have ever seen".

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Accolades

Awards and nominations
Association Date of ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result
Academy Awards August 2019 Best Picture Robert Zemeckis, Phil Fehrle, and Britt Allcroft Template:Won
Best Director Robert Zemeckis Template:Won
Best Animated Feature Film Robert Zemeckis and Britt Allcroft Template:Won
Best Actress in a Leading Role Ariel Winter Template:Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Britt Allcroft, Roger Avary, Neil Gaiman, Bob Gale, and Robert Zemeckis Template:Nom
Best Production Design Oleg M. Savytski Template:Nom
Best Cinematography, Color Don Burgess Template:Nom
Best Art Direction, Animation Bill Perkins Template:Nom
Best Art Direction, Live Action Lucinda Zak Template:Nom
Best Costume Design Luis M. Sequeira Template:Nom
Best Sound Mixing Tom Johnson and Gary Summers Template:Nom
Best Sound Editing Teresa Eckton, Nelson Ferreira, Al Nelson, Tim Nielsen, and Matthew Wood Template:Won
Best Film Editing Sim Evan-Jones, Ron Wisman Template:Won
Best Visual Effects Mike Chambers, Robbi Hinds, Robert Legato, and Bill Neil Template:Won
Best Original Song "Shining Time" — Hummie Mann and Sue Ennis Template:Nom
Best Score Hans Zimmer and John Powell Template:Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fall 2019 Best British Film Britt Allcroft Template:Won
Best Animated Film Robert Zemeckis and Britt Allcroft Template:Won
Best Visual Effects Mike Chambers, Robbi Hinds, Robert Legato, and Bill Neil Template:Won
Best Production Design Oleg M. Savytski Template:Nom
Alliance of Women Film Journalists April 5, 2019 Best Animated Feature Robert Zemeckis and Britt Allcroft Template:Nom
Best Woman Director Britt Allcroft Template:Nom
Best Woman Screenwriter Template:Nom
American Cinema Editors March 7, 2019 Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or Musical Sim Evan-Jones and Ron Wisman Template:Won

Sequels

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Since the 2019 Thomas and the Magic Railroad reboot released into theaters, and had received positive reviews, won some awards, and was a huge box-office success, Robert Zemeckis, Britt Allcroft & The Umbilical Brothers are thinking about turning the whole film into an all-new theatrical Thomas & Friends movie franchise that was also related to the original Thomas & Friends franchise. This franchise was known as Thomas & Friends Cinematic Universe. Since the franchise was born, Britt Allcroft was developing a sequel to the 2019 TATMR reboot, which was based on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens and the Veggietales video "An Easter Carol" from Big Idea Entertainment. Although the sequel doesn't have the official title yet, Allcroft named the Thomas & Friends sequel "A Sodor Easter Carol".

The film was set to be released on Easter 2022, with the script being written by Keith Lango, Tim Hodge, and Britt Allcroft, who will also return as director and producer. Robert Zemeckis, who might have been interested in holidays since he previously worked on The Polar Express in 2004, will return as director of the sequel.

Transcripts

Main Transcript

Trailer Transcripts

Opening and Closing Credits

Outtakes

Gallery

Screenshots

Posters

Trailers

Others

Rating

Thomas and the Magic Railroad is rated PG for some sequences that are too scary for children.

Creators

Trivia

  • This film has been used on the 2000 film that it was edited because this film was too scary for young audiences which the true main villain P.T. Boomer was cut, so in the 2019 film it still has P.T. Boomer. Because of this the film is rated PG instead of the G rating the original 2000 version had.
    • It also has George in the film which in the 2000 film it has been removed.
    • Plus the other engines from the television series in the story.
  • Special thanks to Britt Allcroft for the four parts of the script from the 2000 film with all the characters and even too Eddie Kennedy in fan-fiction of the plot.
  • This is the second theatrical Thomas the Tank Engine film ever created.
  • The moment when the cartoon Weta uses a rope to flip to the next page is a reference to the scene when 5 members of Plankton's family used ropes to pull the door to the fake Krabby Patty Secret Formula in the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Plankton's Army"
  • While Emily asked Henry that she mention of an episode titled "Whistles and Sneezes" from the television series that the boys throw rocks at him.
  • Diesel was going to be in the film as Diesel 10's henchmen, but he helped Thomas and his Friends.
  • Doug Walker (who play as the Nostalgia Critic) was his second appearance in the film, his first role is the Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, which Britt Allcroft find it really great of his performance from the Nostalgia Critic's review of her first film, even though it was not as successful as the other Thomas & Friends films which are now currently direct-to-video films and/or TV specials at the time being.
  • Some of the soundtrack used the music in the first and third season of the series.

See also

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