More characters means more roles!
Rowan | Meadville, Pa | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thomas & Friends comes up with many new characters, and some of them they just give only one or two stories, but each new character adds to the wooden and take-along trains sold as toys.
Let me start out by introducing the new characters. First of all, there is Spencer, the British Mallard who belongs to the visiting Duke and Duchess of Boxford. He appears in "Gordon And Spencer" and "Edward The Great" but since he is very popular, he'll probably make more appearances in future videos.
Next, there is Emily, the old fashioned engine with large inner wheels. She has her own stories, but maybe that's just because female engines aren't shown very often.
Next, there is Murdoch, the big strong engine. So far he has appeared in "Peace And Quiet" and "Best Dressed Engine," plus he did a cameo in "Percy And The Flying Carpet."
Second to last, there is Arthur, a big red tank engine who plays by the rules. So far he has apeared in "The Spotless Record," "Fish" and "Something Fishy."
Finally, there is Jack the front loader and his construction crew. They appear in "Jack Jumps In" and "A Friend In Need," but since there are so many vehicles, they should also make future appearances!
Overall, I would give this 5 stars anyway because their stories so far were very good. They overcome their problems and teach viewers how to get along. I would recommend adding this video to your collection."
Thomas gets focus grouped
PK | Vermont USA | 02/26/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Or so it seems in this ensemble. It is as if a bunch of toy execs came up with some new ideas and needed to write them into the mythos. If you love classic Thomas you won't get any of it here. It's calculated to push product, from the new (and DULL) construction machines - a pilot for a spinoff and two big new variations on Gordon: stuck up Spencer and grumpy Murdoch-neither of whom has any appeal.
The new female engine Emily again seems plotted as a transparent means of attracting little girls. Unfortunately her character is (and will continue to be) thinly written and stereotyped. If they want to attract girls they need to understand them better. I doubt anyone will warm to a train portrayed as alternately cluelss and bitchy.
The series doesn't need new hardware. It needs some writers with a little heart and love for the characters-and the kids.
Toddlers will sit through this but it lacks the magic and charm of the earlier stories.