Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends - Thomas and His Friends Help Out|
Actors: Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon, Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Television, Animation
According to Sir Topham Hatt, "Helping out is one of the best ways to show that you're a Really Useful Engine". That's why it's so important for Thomas to race to the rescue when one of his friends needs a "helping hand", ... more »
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George Carlin does narrating of this DVD!!!
Mamma Bamma | 08/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hmm... I think, actually, my Dad ordered this DVD for me from Playusa.com, and I gave him £9.99 (the correct money). But, you should watch the episodes, they are called: -
1) Edward Helps Out
2) Foolish Freight Cars
3) Thomas, Percy & The Mail Train
4) Thomas Breaks The Rules
5) Down The Mine
6) Percy's Promise
7) Trouble In The Shed
8) Donald & Douglas
9) Saved From Scrap
10) Bertie's Chase
11) Thomas & Percys' Mountain Adventure
Also, Bonus Features: -
Biography of favourite friends
Link to Website
This DVD is narrated by George Carlin.
By Michael higham"
A. Vance | South Orange, NJ | 09/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 3 yr. old son and I watch this DVD quite a bit. I try to limit him to 3 stories a day (they are about 5 minutes long each) but I sometimes enjoy them so much that we watch a few extra.
I was a little surprised at some of the language in the stories at first (although "shut-up" is only said once, in the Donald and Douglas story) but then realized that the way the engines talk to each other, and the situations they find themselves in, is not so much different from what my son experiences with his friends. I'm sure that's why he loves it so much. He relates to them and is fascinated with the predicaments they get into.
I watch them with him and we talk about it. When Donald pushes the Brake Van, we talk about how it's okay to be mad, but not okay to push. The same with "shut-up"--how it's probably not the best way to express your anger--it's better to tell the person more specifically about what is bothering you.
I think some of our most interesting conversations have come out of watching these stories. And I love it that when someone is mad, my son says they are "cross"."
Just my $.02
Mamma Bamma | Just North of Normal! | 05/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD was our introduction to Thomas videos -- I chose it because it had 1 hour of programs, and a good selection of episodes, and my girls are recently fascinated by trains. After reading some of the other reviews, I have to say I can't help but wonder if we've watched the same DVD? I don't recall hearing the words "shut up" at all. I've always thought one of the points of children's video was to illustrate right and wrong. How can they understand the difference unless they see or experience examples of both? Personally, if my children see a video of someone being mean, I am in the room and I point out that the character is being mean or naughty. (Yes, I teach them myself. No, my children do not sit in front of the tv all day. Interaction with me comes first, but when I *am* buying videos, I'm not about to torture them with the likes of that insipid purple monstrosity, or some of the other horrid, babyish productions out there!)
Oh, a hint for escaping the torture of all that advertising: use the "fast forward" button, or the "skip chapter" button. Then, you should be able to use your "menu" button with some actual results! :) It doesn't always work, but most of the time, you'll be successful!
So, the upshot of my review is that the video seems fine to me -- my girls love it -- and I will probably buy them another Thomas DVD for a little variety. But that's just my two cents."