This article lists and details episodes from the eleventh series of this show, which was first broadcast in 2007. It featured new characters created by Allcroft, along with characters from the show that introduced Thomas to the U.S., Shining Time Station. The eighth series (2004) was the first released directly to VHS and DVD as four episodes in the US and six in the UK were released before airing on television on Nick Jr. in the UK and PBS in the US. In the ninth series, another larger Thomas model was built to the same scale as the narrow gauge engines to provide greater possibilities for interaction. Thomas & Friends is a television series mainly based around railway engines that live on the Island of Sodor. The following series (the show's 13th) saw a transition to full CGI animation. In 2010, beginning with the DVD "Splish Splash Splosh", the host was named Mr. Perkins, played by Ben Forster, and has remained host until Forster died in 2017 after a battle with cancer and was replaced by Mark Moraghan, who played "Mr Evans" in the web series. It was the last series animated by Nitrogen Studios, the last to have Sharon Miller as the head writer and the final series to contain twenty episodes. The instruments for series 1–2 was the Roland Jupiter-6 and instrumentals for series 3–7 was the E-mu Proteus sound module. Big Adventures!,[35] which came out on 20 July 2018. As of series 22, the episodes themselves only run for 7 minutes, with the remainder of the episodes being used for educational segments. [44] With Series 12, CGI by Nitrogen Studios was used to animate characters' faces and to make people and animals mobile within the stories. He is a streamlined North American steam engine who bullies smaller engines who get in his way by abusively pushing them around for his pleasure. The sequences of the series later aired in 1996 on Mr. It was produced by Learning Curve from 1993-2011, produced by TOMY from 2011-2012, and finally produced by Fisher-Price from 2013-2017. In the United States, it ha… Series 12 (2008) saw the introduction of CGI effects (provided by HiT Entertainment's subsidiary Hot Animation), with the intent of producing the show entirely in CGI the following year. It aired on Disney Channel in both Italy, Japan, and Korea. [citation needed] After series 5, Angus Wright stepped down as executive producer. Thomas & Friends in 4-D: Bubbling Boilers, the idea for a spin-off focusing on the non-rail vehicles. He is a long and fast engine and has a thoroughbred look. But clouds never last long in Thomas' life and he is soon bustling about again, playing his part in the yard and on his very own branch line, of which he is extremely proud.He loves teasing the others, especially the bigger engines, such as Gordon and on occasion brags about his superiority, but is always brought down to earth in due course by anyo… In France and Spain, it plays on Playhouse Disney. The result was Shining Time Station, starring Ringo Starr as Mr. [6] The first was in 1953, when the editor of the Railway Series books, Eric Marriott, was approached by the BBC, who wished to use live-action model trains to re-create two stories from Awdry's first book, The Three Railway Engines. The Movie", "Thomas & Friends moves to Nick Jr. as show pushes to become 'more inclusive and entertaining, "Exclusive sneak peek: 'Thomas & Friends' pulls into station with season debut", "Mattel Television Greenlights 104 New 'Thomas & Friends' Television Episodes and 2 Specials", "Cartoon Network, Netflix snap up new 2D Thomas", "Hit reveals new look for Bob and Thomas", "Celebrate the holidays with Thomas & Friends! The series started production in 1984 by Allcroft's production company, The Britt Allcroft Company; Clearwater Features Ltd. (Mitton and Cardona's company); and ITV's Central Independent Television region. The latter book was unusual, as it was written specifically by Christopher Awdry to be adapted by the show. In 2018 and 2019, Nickelodeon held exclusive rights to the series in the United States. The show was originally produced with model vehicles, people and sets, but it has been computer animated since 2009. The sixth series in 2002 was an attempt to create a spin-off based on the successful Bob the Builder series. Based on The Railway Series of books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher, English writer and producer Britt Allcroft arranged a deal to bring the stories to life as the TV series. The show was originally produced with model vehicles, people and sets, but it has been computer animated since 2009. From Series 1 to 3, the locomotives used chassis made by Märklin with specially made bodies. The full-length theatrical film gained the title, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, and after many changes from the original script, it premiered in July 2000. is a British-Americanchildren's television series. Thomas & Friends is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series books written by the Reverend W. Awdry.. Every UK narrator of the series, excluding John Hasler, has narrated at least a few episodes for the US. This wikia is a huge Thomas archival database (the second largest factual one on Earth), unofficially branched off from the main Thomas The Tank Engine Wikia, we have many articles here for you to explore, including pages about TV Broadcasts, Rare Narrations of Episodes, Rare & Uncommon Merchandise and much much more! He has a twin named Bert. This was also the first series to contain twenty episodes and this format continued until the seventeenth series. This wiki is for the Thomas and Friends MINIS range made by Fisher-Price. These are the narrators of the show in the United Kingdom and the United States. 2013 saw Andrew Brenner take over as head writer and Arc Productions take over the CG animations, animating the seventeenth series as well as all following series and specials to date. When the biggest race of the year, the Sodor Championship, came to Sodor, Henry was happy to take part in it but he was worried that Percy might run out of water but when he did, Henry helped out to make th… My son adored Thomas so much so that he could name every single train, knew what color they were and the number they had painted on them. In the end, after several years of searching and having to place a second mortgage on her home, Allcroft raised sufficient funding from her local bank manager.[6][7][11][12]. There are no characters that have appeared in every episode of the series, not even Thomas himself. Plot. The series in Israel is known as תומס הקטר and תומס הקטר וחברים, and is dubbed in Hebrew. Series 22 is set after Big World! [36] It introduced gender-balanced and multicultural characters, and features a new theme tune. Why does Flynn smell so bad? Original 70th Anniversary History Time Travel, A Wonderful American Journey with Thomas and Connie, New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures, Sodor Island Fansite's Behind the Scenes page, https://ttte.fandom.com/wiki/Thomas_%26_Friends?oldid=1857683, From 1986-2008, the show was filmed at West London's. On 22nd August 2016, it was confirmed that Jam Filled Entertainment had successfully acquired Arc Productions and thus taken over the animation for Thomas & Friends. The latter two had been embroiled in a protracted legal dispute with HiT before their departure. The first series of Thomas & Friends premiered on 9th October 1984 in the UK. In 2016 the Hartshornes left the series and Chris Renshaw and Oliver Davis took their places. The rights to broadcast the series through PBS expired in December 2017,[45] thus ending a period of almost 30 years of programming related to Thomas & Friends on American public television. [13] The series was originally shot and produced with live action models at the Clearwater in house studio in Battersea, a suburb of London, for Series 1. Hand-drawn animation was used in Series 3 to create bees (as seen in the episode "Buzz Buzz"). Stop-motion was occasionally employed for instances in which a human or animal character would move. The fifteenth series premiered in early 2011 and the next direct-to-DVD special, Day of the Diesels, was released in Autumn 2011. If Thomas has one major character flaw, it's that he's forgetful, and slightly impatient. The twentieth series began broadcasting in the UK on the 5th of September 2016 with the first five episodes of the series and in the US on the 21st of October 2016. Little was ever known about this film and the full state of this film is still currently unknown. is a British children's television series.Based on The Railway Series of books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher, English writer and producer Britt Allcroft arranged a deal to bring the stories to life as the TV series. Furthermore, a special 28-minute documentary, titled 70 Years of Friendship was released exclusively on the Thomas & Friends YouTube channel on 14th July 2015. 1 Vehicles 1.1 Classics 1.2 Pets 1.3 Camping 1.4 Breakfast 1.5 Slime 1.6 Fantasy Reportedly, a failure to switch the points caused the model of Henry to derail and viewers of the live broadcast witnessed a human hand, said to be one of a crew member, picking him up and placing him back on the rails. Plarail/Motor Road and Rail model (updated with new face, stripes around the boiler, white running board, different rear) (2003-present - Japan; 2003-2005 - US) In August 2016, Arc Productions closed down after filing for bankruptcy. 2010 saw the first year to have two series, the thirteenth and fourteenth. Henry is the No. In February 2012, it was announced that Arc Productions would take over animation duties starting with the seventeenth series in 2013. The buyer turned out to be HiT Entertainment and the eighth series, that aired in 2004, came with drastic changes. These episodes later aired in the UK in July 2016. Blue Mountain Mystery was released in September 2012. In December 1999 they renamed the logo from Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends into Thomas & Friends. Thomas & Friends (titled Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends from 1984-2002) is a television series based on 'The Railway Series' by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, focussing on the adventures of the titular steam engine character, Thomas the Tank Engine, and his friends located on the fictional Island of Sodor.The show is one of David Mitton and Robert D. Cardona's other works. The following is a list of episodes of the television series Thomas & Friends.As of 20 January … beginning with a special of the same name, which was released theatrically in the UK in the summer of 2018. The Thomas the Tank Engine Wiki is an online encyclopedia dedicated to anything Thomas, from The Railway Series, to Thomas & Friends, to just about anything else. The CGI animation for the series was provided by Nitrogen Studios of Vancouver. [6][7] Allcroft still had to work to raise the money to finance production and, despite showing a keen interest, wanted a level of creative control which she did not want to forego. [43] At first this was used to generate smoke and other effects, but later, HIT (the current owners of Thomas) announced its intent to introduce a fully CGI series in 2009. He often gets into scrapes, usually by being over eager to do things best left to bigger and more sensible engines. When Thomas & Friends returned as a stand-alone half-hour program on PBS Kids, it was first distributed from 2004 to 2007 by Connecticut Public Television, and then by WNET from 2008 to 2017. The Thomas the Tank Engine Wiki is an online encyclopedia dedicated to anything Thomas, from The Railway Series, to Thomas & Friends, to just about anything else. Awdry himself branded the episode as "unprofessional", and the point-switching debacle as an "elementary mistake". Up until series 12, narration and dialogue were performed by a single storyteller. We have over 205 articles regarding the now-discontinued Thomas & Friends ERTL line, including the Vehicles, Sets, and more! A reboot slated for 2021 and second theatrical film are currently in production. He has become the title star of the television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (now known as Thomas and Friends). Welcome to the Thomas & Friends Community Central Wikia! ", "Netflix picks up Thomas & Friends in the US", "22 Funniest Things The Internet Has Ever Done With Thomas The Tank Engine", "The Repressive Authoritarian Soul of Thomas the Tank Engine". The Britt Allcroft Company (which changed its name to Gullane Entertainment in 2000) was purchased by HiT Entertainment in September 2002,[22][23] a company specialising in children's entertainment. Many of the original founding team involved in the original show since 1984 left the production, including Britt Allcroft, director and writer David Mitton, and original composers Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell. This was also the first time the engines and people had individual voice actors since Thomas and the Magic Railroad. 2024 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Thomas & Friends television series, while 2025 will mark the 80th anniversary of the whole franchise itself. It was joined by a large version of James in the tenth series. The film's CGI animation is by Nitrogen Studios Canada, Inc. It was first broadcast on CITV in October 1984. HiT Entertainment and SiF released a poll in which fans voted for what they wanted to see rendered in CG for this series. Tomy Trains (originally known as Tomytrain) is a range of battery-operated trains made by Tomy that were released in countries outside Asia. Locomotives and other vehicles were operated by radio controls, while humans and animals were static figures. The series was cut short in order to allow for development of the twenty-second series. The spin-off did not materialise for some time. Thomas & Friends (originally known as Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends or simply Thomas the Tank Engine; later called Thomas & Friends: Big World! 1 Biography 2 Personality 3 Gallery 4 Navigation Hurricane works alongside Frankie at the Steelworks on the Mainland, with Hurricane using his strength to provide extra muscle. In the United States, it had its first broadcast onShining Time Stationin 1989. A Comprehensive list of all the Thomas & Friends episodes, specials, and documentaries ever made, also including lists of episodes for related series, when possible. The books were based on stories Wilbert told to entertain his son, Christopher, during his recovery from measles. Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels is a 2011 CGI feature-length special and film of the TV series, Thomas & Friends. Thomas & Friends; Based on The Railway Series by the Rev. Details of Thomas' arrival on the North Western Railway in 1915 are mostly undocumented and it is unknown exactly how he turned up on Sodor. Thomas & Friends takes place on the standard gauge North Western Railway, the narrow gauge Skarloey Railway and the 15-inch gauge Arlesdale Railway. The remaining six episodes of the seventeenth series, featured on the Spills and Thrills DVD aired between July and November 2014 in the UK. 2016 saw some changes; longtime composers Robert and Peter Hartshorne, father and son team, left the series and Chris Renshaw and Oliver Davis took over. Pee-ew! In the United States, it had its first broadcast on Shining Time Station in 1989. But on any day he'll give any engine a run for its money. This was another hit for Allcroft and was the beginning of the "Thomas craze" in America. Ten episodes of the seventeenth series aired in the UK in June 2013 followed by five episodes in September/October 2013. His driver and fireman got along well with the local people and married Sudrian women. After entering an agreement, Jam Filled Entertainment looked to acquire Arc Productions under a new management. 1 Summary 2 Characters 3 Cast 3.1 UK 3.2 US Nia gets her chance to shine when Kwaku comes to Sodor and brings a lion for the Sodor Animal Park. Phil Fehrle replaced Allcroft and Mitton as producer, though Mitton remained as the director. The use of moving models was seen at the time of the series' conception as an effective method of animating the stories. From Series 5 to 12, some larger-scale models were used for the narrow gauge characters, to more easily fit the complex mechanisms into them while retaining a sufficient level of detail. In Autumn 2014, the eighteenth series aired and the following feature-length special, Tale of the Brave was released. There are 11,568 pages and growing since the wiki was founded in March 2006. is a British children's television series. I saw a strong emotional content that would carry with little children's experiences with life. Thomas was built in 1915. New on Nick starting tomorrow, Friday 12/15! The series was produced using digital video camera, creating a somewhat different look for the show. Series 6-8 were reran on CITV, while series 9-11 were reran on Channel 5. [6][7][8] As a result, the second episode scheduled for 28 June 1953 was put on hold, and then later cancelled. So this is like a storage bin or something for your extra fanfics or something. Britt Allcroft Ltd./Britt Allcroft (Thomas) Ltd. [39], On 12 October 2020, it was announced by Mattel that the series would be rebooted with Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go! Conductor, The original Kaye and Ward logo shown at the end of episodes from the first and second seasons, *Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. In Series 7 (2003) the programme title was officially shortened to Thomas & Friends, this name having been used on merchandise and video covers for three years previously. The first half for series 3 was released straight-to-video before airing on TV. Sam Barlow became the story executive, while Abi Grant and Paul Larson served as script editors. Thomas & Friends celebrated their 70th Anniversary in 2015. Characters Introduced: Highlights: Jenny Packard returns in full CGI. Thank you for visiting! In August 2016, Arc Productions closed down after filing for bankruptcy. Edit. Another episode aired in November and four more in December. 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