Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Thomas and the Magic Railroad
  • G
  • 1h 26m
  • 2000
Rotten21%
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All aboard for fun-fueled adventure in Thomas the Tank Engine's first film ever, starring Peter Fonda, Mara Wilson and Alec Baldwin. For as long as anyone can remember, the Island of Sodar has been the realm of enchantment, innocence, and talking trains. The steam engines suddenly find themselves heading for a heap of trouble at the claw of the evil Diesel #10. This one's a totally terrible train with devious plans to dominate the other engines by finding and crushing their dwindling supply of magical gold dust. Lily (Mara Wilson) has a hunch that her grandfather (Peter Fonda) holds the key to rescuing the little trains in his workshop on Muffle Mountain. She meets up with Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) and, along with a caboose of colorful characters, they return the sparkle to their island!
© 2000 THE MAGIC RAILROAD COMPANY LIMITED ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten21%
Critics Consensus: Kids these days demand cutting edge special effects or at least a clever plot with cute charectors. This movie has neither, having lost in its Americanization what the British original did so right.
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Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

If all this sounds convoluted, well, it's a toddlers' film and anything goes.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Elvis Mitchell
Fresh

It's very slow, though it does offer a respite from the overactive animation that kids are mostly...

June 17, 2017
Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey
Rotten

A really unnecessary movie, whose purpose is primarily to promote the inevitable home video.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Will please its many fans, but plot might confuse kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a wholesome train movie for the entire family. However, younger and more sensitive viewers might be scared of the mean diesel trains, and there is one scene where one of the good trains is nearly pushed into a fiery furnace. But like the other films in the Thomas series, it's clearly intended for younger viewers, especially those who like trains. For parents, this is probably the only time anyone will get to see Peter Fonda and Alec Baldwin working together.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:October 31, 2000
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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