Troublesome Changelings, re-titled Foolish Changelings for American audiences, is the ninth episode of Spike the Dragon and Friends. It is a parody of the Thomas and Friends episode, Troublesome Trucks/Foolish Freight Cars.


  • Spike as Thomas
  • Shining Armor as Edward
  • Cranky Doodle Donkey as James
  • Hoity Toity as Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Changelings as The Troublesome Trucks
  • Big Macintosh as Gordon (mentioned)
  • Everyone else as Themselves


Narrator: "Cranky Doodle Donkey had not been out to work with buffaloes or changelings around Ponyville for several days. He was feeling miserable."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Oh dear."

Narrator: "He thought."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I wonder how long I shall have to stay in the house. Will anyone see my brown fur again? Why did I go so fast I made a scratch on one of my buffaloes that had to be mended with, of all things, a passengers' bootlace?"

Narrator: "At last, Hoity Toity arrived."

Hoity Toity: "I know you are sorry, Cranky."

Narrator: "He said."

Hoity Toity: "And I know too that you want to be a useful donkey. People are laughing at my town and I don't like that at all."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I will try hard to do my best."

Narrator: "Said Cranky."

Hoity Toity: "That's a good donkey. There's nothing like determination. I want you to take some changelings for me."

Narrator: "Cranky was delighted and puffed away."

Spike: "Here are your changelings, Cranky."

Narrator: "Said Spike."

Spike: "Have you got some bootlaces ready?"

Narrator: "And he ran off laughing."

Changelings: "Oh, oh, oh!"

Narrator: "Said the changelings."

Changelings: "We want a proper animal. Not a brown monster."

Narrator: "Cranky took no notice and started as soon as the conductor was ready."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Come along, come along."

Narrator: "He puffed."

Changelings: "We won't, we won't!"

Narrator: "Screamed the changelings. But Cranky didn't care and pull the screeching changelings sternly out of the station.

The changelings tried hard to make him give up, but he still kept on. Sometimes, they'd come to a standstill. And sometimes their hooves would run hot. And each time, the trouble had to be put right. And each time, Cranky would start again determined not to let them beat him."

Changelings: "Give up, give up! You can't pull us! You can't, you can't!"

Narrator: "Called the changelings."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I can and I will! I can and I will!"

Narrator: "Puffed Cranky. Slowly but surely, he pulled them along the path.

At last they saw Big Macintosh's hill."

Cranky Doodle Donkey's Driver; "Look out for trouble, Cranky."

Narrator: "Warned his driver."

Cranky Doodle Donkey's Driver: "We'll go fast and get them up before they know it. Don't let them stop you."

Narrator: "So Cranky went faster and soon they were half way up."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I'm doing it, I'm doing it!"

Narrator: "He panted."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Will the top never come?"

Narrator: "Then, with a sudden jerk, it all came easier."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I've done it, I've done it!"

Narrator: "He puffed."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Hooray! It's easy now."

Narrator: "But he driver shut off steam."

Cranky Doodle Donkey's Driver: "They've done it again. We've left our tail behind. Look."

Narrator: "The last changelings were running backwards down the hill. A rope had snapped. But the conductor stopped the changelings and got out to warn approaching animals."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "That's why it was easy."

Narrator: "Said Cranky, as he back the other changelings carefully down."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "What silly things changelings are! There might had been an accident."

Shining Armor: "Shall I help you, Cranky?"

Narrator: "Called Shining Armor."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "No thank you."

Narrator: "Answered Cranky."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I'll pull them myself."

Shining Armor: "Good. Don't let them beat you. You're doing well."

Narrator: "Whistled Shining Armor, as Cranky slowly struggled up the hill."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I can do it, I can do it!"

Narrator: "He puffed. He pulled and puffed as hard as he could."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I've done it, I've done it!"

Narrator: "He panted.

They reach the station safely and Cranky was resting when Shining Armor pulled up."

Shining Armor: "Peep, peep!"

Narrator: "He whistled. Then Cranky saw Hoity Toity."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Oh dear! What will he say?"

Narrator: "He asked himself.

But Hoity Toity was smiling."

Hoity Toity: "I was with Shining Armor and I saw everything."

Narrator: "He said."

Hoity Toity: "You made the most troublesome changelings in town behave. After that, you deserve to keep your brown fur."

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