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Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue

Latest train adventures are suspenseful but not too scary.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 58 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

DVD/Streaming release date:September 7, 2010
Cast:Michael Brandon
Director:Greg Tiernan
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:58 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 December 1, 2012

Thomas friends misty island rescue

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?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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 my opinion, but my 3 & 5 year old love it. I just find the voices of the new engines to be annoying. I'd much rather watch Magic Railroad or Hero of the Rails. At least it's an interesting and suspensful movie.
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. The peril scenes are really extended without the quick 'happy ending' resolutions of previous Thomas films, and the more sophisticated animation takes this to the next level of realism compared to the previous versions. We were very glad that we didnt bring younger siblings as well. OK for 5 year olds and over but most kids are growing out of Thomas at that age so I wonder if the film-makers have just got this wrong? Also be aware that after the end credits there is yet another menacing moment (trailing the next movie, presumably) which unsettled the kids all over again!
What other families should know
Too much violence