10 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

  • Review Date: July 21, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 63 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Collection of fave episodes has positive messages for kids.
  • Review Date: July 21, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 63 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Viewers learn from Thomas's mistakes. In this video, Thomas learns about overcoming jealousy as well as behaving altruistically.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the tank engines in this video act like real kids, which means they get disgruntled and frustrated. But also like real kids, these tanks, let by Thomas, learn their way out of it. Thomas presents a positive role model for all. There are no scenes to be concerned about.

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What's the story?

COLLECTOR'S EDITION: 10 YEARS OF THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND FRIENDS is a compilation of fans' 10 favorite episodes from the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends series. The episodes are learning experiences that model positive values and attitudes as trains travel across the countryside. The lessons address jealousy and altruism among other topics. The collection includes Thomas's race with Bertie across the countryside, Thomas's jealousy of Terrence the Tractor disappears when Terrence pulls him out of the snow, Henry gets hosed down by an elephant. Whatever the mishaps, Thomas and his friends always wind up with happy endings.

Is it any good?

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If there's one thing that parents can count on in this collection, it's a good example. Thomas models courtesy and leadership for his friends and the young audience at home.It may seem as if Thomas and his friends are always disgruntled about something, but the group manages to deal with their frustrations constructively.

Like real children, each day the trains have to resolve problems that seem like true dramas. For instance, as a favor, Percy returns children from the beach, and then hits rain and floods. He begins to wonder why he decided to help out, but eventually he pulls through and receives praise for his efforts. Stories like these can benefit children's moral growth, making them think twice about intentions, actions, and consequences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Thomas and his friends came to peace with the difficult situations they faced. Why did Bertie decide he was happy he helped others, even though he had a harder time because of it? How can you apply that in your own life?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1998
DVD release date:September 14, 1999
Cast:George Carlin, Michael Brandon, Ringo Starr
Studio:Clearwater Productions
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Trains
Run time:63 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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