On March 4, the new release children’s DVD “Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills” will be released to the public, so here’s a sneak peek review. It comes from Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment, which provided me a review copy. Still, my opinions expressed are of my own volition.
More messes and mishaps are made on the Island of Sodor as the engines learn to be more useful
The tank engine and his buddies on the Island of Sodor are featured in six episodes (about 67 minutes total), which are full of mishaps with, among other things, food. First, in “Away from the Sea,” the sea-loving Salty (a diesel) worries when Sir Topham Hatt asks him to go to the diesel works for repairs because he thinks he will be replaced by another engine for good. In “The Smelly Kipper,” the proud James commits to pulling a fish train for Henry, but then tries to get out of his commitment when he thinks he’ll stink. The third episode in “Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills” is called “No More Mr. Nice Engine,” which sees the polite and kindly Hiro having troubles with his rail cars, who are acting bratty, though Hiro is hesitant to stand up to them.
“Gone Fishing” sees the crane engine Harvey go through some trials as he learns to pull some freight trains that have heavy cargo on them, but he finds that his uniqueness is beneficial to his job when he gets into a messy jam. The tank engine himself stars in the “Thomas’ Shortcut,” where he and Bertie (the bus) try to beat each other to specific points on the Island of Sodor, but Thomas’ obsession with trying to get an edge via a rail shortcut causes nothing but problems for him and his passengers. Finally, in “The Afternoon Tea Express,” the antique engine Stephen feels bad because he’s not as fast as the newer engines, so schemes to make it appear that he’s really fast in delivering the food supplies for the afternoon teas hosted by the Earl of Sodor, but it ultimately backfires.
The extra features include the Biff Bash Bosh Game (which is a bit like bowling), some puzzles and a karaoke video. On continuous-play mode, viewers get to see vignettes by Engine Driver Perkins and Sir Topham Hatt as they share more about the goings-on on the Island of Sodor.
Children will be entertained and enlightened by the non-stop action
Once again, the makers of these “Thomas & Friends” videos have hit a home run! By putting six episodes in this one DVD, they are giving the buying public more value for money. Secondly, the great animation and fast-moving, action-packed storylines will help the young ones remember the ultimate lessons that are conveyed throughout the video, including to keep one’s word, to not be afraid to try new things even if you don’t master it immediately, self-sufficiency, and not becoming obsessed with being competitive.
This video is scheduled for release on March 4, and has a Suggested Retail Price of $14.98. It can be heard in English, French, and Spanish. For more information on Thomas & Friends, go to this website.