Thomas and the Magic Railroad
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Eleven-year old Lily (Mara Wilson) sets off to see her grandpa (Peter Fonda), but she ends up on the wrong train. Lily meets Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin), who lives in the town of Shining Time. Mr. Conductor uses magic gold dust to visit the Island of Sodor and Thomas the Tank Engine and the Magic Railroad. When Lily arrives, Thomas is having problems with Diesel 10, a renegade diesel engine, and Mr. Conductor is running out of the magic dust. But all will be well if Lady, a missing golden engine, can be found. In the meantime, Grandpa has an engine hidden away in the mountain. Could it be Lady? Will Mr. Conductor find more magic gold dust? And will Thomas again be the number one hero of the Magic Railroad?
In the early 1980s, Britt Allcroft found Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends in the Reverend W. Awdry's THE RAILWAY SERIES and brought them to television. Now--aiming at an audience of children between 3 and 7 years old--Allcroft transfers Thomas and his friends to the big screen, and she uses all manner of special effects in capturing the storybook feel of the original stories.
Main Cast & Crew
Britt Allcroft - Director
Based on the television show THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE & FRIENDS, this directorial film debut from writer and producer Britt Allcroft features new animation techniques that combine talking trains with live-action actors. THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD is about a young girl named Lily (Mara Wilson) who takes it upon herself to save the tank trains such as Thomas (Edward Glen), living on the magical Island of Sodar, from bully trains like Deisel 10, Splotch, and Splatter.
Theatrical release: July 26, 2000. Locations for THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD included the Isle of Man; Ontario, Canada; and Pennsylvania.
"...Baldwin's brio makes him as big as the smiling trains in the fantasy railroad yard..." - 07/26/2000 New York Times, p.E3
"...Baldwin looks like he's having a lot of fun....Britt Allcroft deserves all the honors she's received over the years for cultivating Thomas' archives..." - 07/26/2000 Los Angeles Times, p.C5
"...The movie's true star is Diesel 10, an evil engine who terrorizes his fellow trains with his giant claw, Pinchy. He's a gas..." - 05/02/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.60