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Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue Movie Poster Image
Latest train adventures are suspenseful but not too scary.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 58 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Some very elementary information about different trains: steam engine, diesel, tanks, etc. A look at how logs are transported. Thomas and his pals must use problem-solving skills to get out of trouble.

Positive Messages

No one can be right all the time. It's important to take responsibility for the decisions we make and to ask for help when help is needed. Hard work and positive thinking go a long way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Thomas and his friends are hard-working, loyal, and cheerful. When Thomas makes a mistake, he's willing to admit it and learn from it. The humans shown are all cooperative, caring, resourceful, and reliable. Worth noting: Almost all of the film's characters are male.

Violence & Scariness

Some suspenseful moments when Thomas or his friends are in danger: an engine nearly falls from a bridge; Thomas finds himself adrift in the sea; Thomas gets lost on an island and is eventually trapped with three other trains in a tunnel. 

Sexy Stuff

This film ties in to the many Thomas & Friends products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is best for very young children. There are a few moderately suspenseful moments in which Thomas or his friends are in danger: a diesel engine almost falls from a bridge; Thomas is adrift at sea; Thomas gets lost on an island; and Thomas and friends become trapped in a tunnel. Everything is resolved in a simple, timely fashion. Other than one character's overly ambitious desire to win, there are no villains.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written byMommaof2boys February 24, 2011

Good Thomas movie, just not the best

We've seen many of the other full-length Thomas movies (Great Discovery, Magic Railroad, Hero of the Rails) and this one is not quite as good as those, in... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 year old Written byHarbour October 4, 2010

Too much scary peril for 4 year olds

Took a trio of four and a half year olds to see this (all very keen on the previous Thomas movies) and all 3 ended up hiding in our laps saying it was too scary... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 9, 2010

perfect for little kids!

My brother watched this movie and loved it. He has been a Thomas addict since then! it has great role models showing how friendship really matters. I reccomend!

What's the story?

The construction of a Search and Rescue Center is underway on Sodor Island. Thomas and his friends are excited and working hard to help. When a mishap sends all of the precious Jobi wood needed for the building to the bottom of the sea, Thomas sets out to replace it. But Thomas, too, has a mishap and gets lost at sea. He washes ashore on a mysterious island where he meets three new friends: Bash, Dash, and Ferdinand, some very old, abandoned locomotives. Together they have an exciting adventure in an underground tunnel, and Thomas finds just what he was looking for.

Is it any good?

For fans of Thomas & Friends, this is standard fare and follows the formula that is well established. Thomas, the sturdy, likable steam engine, encounters a problem, and aided by his friends (both human and "transportational"), resolves it. There's just enough danger and suspense in this episode to make it interesting, and just enough warm-hearted familiarity to make it feel safe and not too scary. Life lessons are clearly stated and restated. In this case, the fact that "you can't always be right" is a valuable message for even the youngest viewer. The narrator (Michael Brandon) and the other voice artists succeed in energizing these well-known characters and making the story seem fresh despite its rather routine plotting. Check out the Misty Island Rescue phone app too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Thomas makes some very good decisions in this movie. What are some good decisions you've made?

  • Thomas admits to making some bad decisions, too. Have you ever made a bad decision? What did you learn from it?

  • How do the humans and trains work together? What are some things that are more fun or easier to do when you work with other people?

Movie details

For kids who love animation

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