Thomas & Friends - Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: the Movie

Thomas & Friends - Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: the Movie

David Stoten (2015)

67min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Fear not, Thomas the Tank Engine fans, there is nothing in this movie to rob you of the homespun charms of the well-loved character. That's because this finely judged production has just about enough feature-length pizzazz, without deviating too much from the original books by the Reverend W Awdry. The story starts with Thomas being rather naughty and annoying the Fat Controller with his insubordination. He is also a bit miffed about a keen new tank engine called Ryan (voiced by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne). Somehow Thomas ends up falling down a mine shaft and a pirate ship is discovered, leading to an adventure with a dastardly seafarer (voiced by John Hurt) and the recovery of some buried treasure. This never feels like a TV episode stretched out to over an hour - the animation is pretty much the same as you get in the TV show, but there are added dramatic set pieces and the narrative arc is well plotted. There's also a great song, Never Overlook a Little Engine. As if you would.

Summary

Sir Topham Hatt sends Thomas to help construct a new branch line on another part of the island, where the engine unearths a hidden cavern housing an old three-masted pirate ship. When stories begin to circulate of a mysterious sailboat floating over the land at night, Salty says that it must be a pirate looking for his treasure, prompting all concerned to join the hunt. Animated adventure, with the voices of Joseph May, John Hurt, Keith Wickham and Olivia Colman.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Mark Moraghan
Thomas John Hasler
Edward / Henry / Gordon / Percy / James / Glynn / Sir Topham Hatt / Gordon's Driver / James's Guard / Knapford Station speaker Keith Wickham
Marion Olivia Colman
Ryan Eddie Redmayne
Alfie Nathan Clarke
Sailor John John Hurt
Skiff Jamie Campbell Bower
Director David Stoten
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: National AmusementsAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 17 Jul 2015
Children's