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THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

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All aboard for Thomas' very first adventure! A little tank engine discovers a big new world when he arrives on the Island of Sodor. Escapades abound as Thomas explores his new home and meets some Really Useful new friends. Finding the true blue meaning of hard work and friendship, Thomas transforms into the Number 1 engine!

  • DirectorDon Spencer
  • Runtime: 47 min
  • StudioHIT Entertainment
  • QualityHD

Reviews about THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
A. Miller
My family (especially my 3 year old son) enjoyed this movie/special

My family (especially my 3 year old son) enjoyed this movie/special, particularly in HD from Amazon.

It was a good way for us to learn about the origins of Thomas and how he got to the Island of Sodor. However, we didn't think the story was as good or as developed as some of the other Thomas movies. Still a great way for our family to spend an hour watching TV together.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Rebekah
Four Stars

The kids really enjoyed watching this. It kept them in front of the television. .

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
ASConner
Adorable

Cute movie about how Thomas came to Sodor Island. Great for lil Thomas fans. Stayed pretty consistent.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Patrick Loveless
... in the adult Thomas community somewhat akin to the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople

There is a rift in the adult Thomas community somewhat akin to the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople. There are the "purists" who got extremely bitter when HIT took over Thomas the Tank Engine, dumbed it down, and wrote insipid story lines. The rest of the community may not be so pleased with the changes but they still love and support Thomas and Friends, and love the series regardless of the changes.

I find both sides silly because I kinda lost interest after Season 4 - when they stopped using the Railway Series for their stories.

A fan told me about "The Adventure Begins" as if somehow it were different from the junk HIT has been tossing out for several years. I thought he was putting me on. Then I found a copy.

He wasn't putting me on. It is, indeed, an adaptation of The Railway Series - the same stuff Ringo and George narrated in 1984, 1986, and the early 1990s. And I watched it all the way through.

Overall, even though I am Pre-Chalcedonian - I mean, pre-Season 5, I liked it, and I think it is actually a valid adaptation for the most part. I found a very few things cringeworthy. But most of it worked.

Some may complain that it still feels kinda childish - the trains acting like kids on the playground, the Fat Controller at times - but hey. These were kids' stories. I remember somewhere - I think the Reverend described them basically as children, with Edward playing a good child. So that makes sense.

The models are never coming back, so there's absolutely no point arguing about that.

Although some may complain, I did like the "filler" conversations, as an attempt to flesh out the reasons why they did what they did. It's charming, a bit like those movies and cartoons where people embellish upon the Scriptures. It's not necessarily wrong; it's an interpretation, and not particularly crucial to the story. And it's fun to wonder about - what they really said besides what we read.

I think the thing that will really clinch it for The Adventure Begins is the effort the makers put into following the history of it, though. I was impressed; they did a lot of research. A lot of the things the characters mention and do are references to the RWS. I won't give it all away, but aside from the stories they adapted, I count at least half a dozen different references to the books and to the real-life counterparts. And while I do cringe at a few things - Henry's model, the chase scene at the end, shameless promotion at the very end - overall I am impressed that they did so much research.

But what I REALLY perked up at was the MUSIC. I LOVED the MUSIC! It was nice to hear some of the old themes revamped and brought out into the light again!

This is just one more thing that confirms for me that there is a God in Heaven, and He does love us, and answers our prayers - sometimes even in the affirmative. HIT has a continuity they have no intention of breaking, but they have tried hard to work within that framework to make an appeal to nostalgic fans and show they care and have not forgotten about us classicists.

I think this is an answer to the prayers of classicists such as myself. I'd love to buy meself a copy of the UK version when it's on sale - which is a high praise from me considering I rarely buy anything full price. 8/10.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Richard Bodner
A return to Season One

A good retelling of the original season one of nearly 2 decades ago, cleverly re-written to today's styles and with good CGI animation

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
A. Miller
My family (especially my 3 year old son) enjoyed this movie/special

My family (especially my 3 year old son) enjoyed this movie/special, particularly in HD from Amazon.

It was a good way for us to learn about the origins of Thomas and how he got to the Island of Sodor. However, we didn't think the story was as good or as developed as some of the other Thomas movies. Still a great way for our family to spend an hour watching TV together.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Rebekah
Four Stars

The kids really enjoyed watching this. It kept them in front of the television. .

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
ASConner
Adorable

Cute movie about how Thomas came to Sodor Island. Great for lil Thomas fans. Stayed pretty consistent.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Patrick Loveless
... in the adult Thomas community somewhat akin to the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople

There is a rift in the adult Thomas community somewhat akin to the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople. There are the "purists" who got extremely bitter when HIT took over Thomas the Tank Engine, dumbed it down, and wrote insipid story lines. The rest of the community may not be so pleased with the changes but they still love and support Thomas and Friends, and love the series regardless of the changes.

I find both sides silly because I kinda lost interest after Season 4 - when they stopped using the Railway Series for their stories.

A fan told me about "The Adventure Begins" as if somehow it were different from the junk HIT has been tossing out for several years. I thought he was putting me on. Then I found a copy.

He wasn't putting me on. It is, indeed, an adaptation of The Railway Series - the same stuff Ringo and George narrated in 1984, 1986, and the early 1990s. And I watched it all the way through.

Overall, even though I am Pre-Chalcedonian - I mean, pre-Season 5, I liked it, and I think it is actually a valid adaptation for the most part. I found a very few things cringeworthy. But most of it worked.

Some may complain that it still feels kinda childish - the trains acting like kids on the playground, the Fat Controller at times - but hey. These were kids' stories. I remember somewhere - I think the Reverend described them basically as children, with Edward playing a good child. So that makes sense.

The models are never coming back, so there's absolutely no point arguing about that.

Although some may complain, I did like the "filler" conversations, as an attempt to flesh out the reasons why they did what they did. It's charming, a bit like those movies and cartoons where people embellish upon the Scriptures. It's not necessarily wrong; it's an interpretation, and not particularly crucial to the story. And it's fun to wonder about - what they really said besides what we read.

I think the thing that will really clinch it for The Adventure Begins is the effort the makers put into following the history of it, though. I was impressed; they did a lot of research. A lot of the things the characters mention and do are references to the RWS. I won't give it all away, but aside from the stories they adapted, I count at least half a dozen different references to the books and to the real-life counterparts. And while I do cringe at a few things - Henry's model, the chase scene at the end, shameless promotion at the very end - overall I am impressed that they did so much research.

But what I REALLY perked up at was the MUSIC. I LOVED the MUSIC! It was nice to hear some of the old themes revamped and brought out into the light again!

This is just one more thing that confirms for me that there is a God in Heaven, and He does love us, and answers our prayers - sometimes even in the affirmative. HIT has a continuity they have no intention of breaking, but they have tried hard to work within that framework to make an appeal to nostalgic fans and show they care and have not forgotten about us classicists.

I think this is an answer to the prayers of classicists such as myself. I'd love to buy meself a copy of the UK version when it's on sale - which is a high praise from me considering I rarely buy anything full price. 8/10.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Richard Bodner
A return to Season One

A good retelling of the original season one of nearly 2 decades ago, cleverly re-written to today's styles and with good CGI animation

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
A. Miller
My family (especially my 3 year old son) enjoyed this movie/special

My family (especially my 3 year old son) enjoyed this movie/special, particularly in HD from Amazon.

It was a good way for us to learn about the origins of Thomas and how he got to the Island of Sodor. However, we didn't think the story was as good or as developed as some of the other Thomas movies. Still a great way for our family to spend an hour watching TV together.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Rebekah
Four Stars

The kids really enjoyed watching this. It kept them in front of the television. .

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
ASConner
Adorable

Cute movie about how Thomas came to Sodor Island. Great for lil Thomas fans. Stayed pretty consistent.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Patrick Loveless
... in the adult Thomas community somewhat akin to the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople

There is a rift in the adult Thomas community somewhat akin to the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople. There are the "purists" who got extremely bitter when HIT took over Thomas the Tank Engine, dumbed it down, and wrote insipid story lines. The rest of the community may not be so pleased with the changes but they still love and support Thomas and Friends, and love the series regardless of the changes.

I find both sides silly because I kinda lost interest after Season 4 - when they stopped using the Railway Series for their stories.

A fan told me about "The Adventure Begins" as if somehow it were different from the junk HIT has been tossing out for several years. I thought he was putting me on. Then I found a copy.

He wasn't putting me on. It is, indeed, an adaptation of The Railway Series - the same stuff Ringo and George narrated in 1984, 1986, and the early 1990s. And I watched it all the way through.

Overall, even though I am Pre-Chalcedonian - I mean, pre-Season 5, I liked it, and I think it is actually a valid adaptation for the most part. I found a very few things cringeworthy. But most of it worked.

Some may complain that it still feels kinda childish - the trains acting like kids on the playground, the Fat Controller at times - but hey. These were kids' stories. I remember somewhere - I think the Reverend described them basically as children, with Edward playing a good child. So that makes sense.

The models are never coming back, so there's absolutely no point arguing about that.

Although some may complain, I did like the "filler" conversations, as an attempt to flesh out the reasons why they did what they did. It's charming, a bit like those movies and cartoons where people embellish upon the Scriptures. It's not necessarily wrong; it's an interpretation, and not particularly crucial to the story. And it's fun to wonder about - what they really said besides what we read.

I think the thing that will really clinch it for The Adventure Begins is the effort the makers put into following the history of it, though. I was impressed; they did a lot of research. A lot of the things the characters mention and do are references to the RWS. I won't give it all away, but aside from the stories they adapted, I count at least half a dozen different references to the books and to the real-life counterparts. And while I do cringe at a few things - Henry's model, the chase scene at the end, shameless promotion at the very end - overall I am impressed that they did so much research.

But what I REALLY perked up at was the MUSIC. I LOVED the MUSIC! It was nice to hear some of the old themes revamped and brought out into the light again!

This is just one more thing that confirms for me that there is a God in Heaven, and He does love us, and answers our prayers - sometimes even in the affirmative. HIT has a continuity they have no intention of breaking, but they have tried hard to work within that framework to make an appeal to nostalgic fans and show they care and have not forgotten about us classicists.

I think this is an answer to the prayers of classicists such as myself. I'd love to buy meself a copy of the UK version when it's on sale - which is a high praise from me considering I rarely buy anything full price. 8/10.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Richard Bodner
A return to Season One

A good retelling of the original season one of nearly 2 decades ago, cleverly re-written to today's styles and with good CGI animation

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