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Thomas the Tank Engine heading back to the big screen

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 1st 2009 12:00PM
Thomas and FriendsThe popular children's book character Thomas the Tank Engine is once again heading to the big screen, proving that Hollywood has no original ideas left whatsoever. Or that the industry will put anything on screen it thinks will make money. Or both. Thomas and his gang of anthropomorphic vehicles currently appear on PBS on Thomas and Friends.

The character has already starred in the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad starring Alec Baldwin (who also narrated the television stories for years). Is that really enough time between revamps? Is it the fact that the youngest generation recycles every seven years, which has kept Disney in business forever?

Given his association with the franchise, it would be a crime if Baldwin didn't at least get a voice-over role in the movie (and preferably a full cameo). In the meanwhile, he'll have to content himself with his Emmy-winning role on 30 Rock.

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Nah have Ringo Starr be the conductor in the new movie.

October 01 2009 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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That'd work. After all, he and the late George Carlin both played the part before Alec Baldwin did.

And yes, Brad - 9 years in children's programming is practically an eternity.

October 01 2009 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Magic Railroad movie might possibly be one of the most unnessary use of celluloid. It meanders along with confusing storylines and wooden performances by bored actors. Worst of all it marginalized Thomas!


October 01 2009 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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