Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue (2010)

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Thomas u0026 Friends: Misty Island Rescue: Directed by Greg Tiernan. With Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon, David Bedella, Jules de Jongh. Thomas finds himself stranded on a strange island which is inhabited by even stranger locomotives. Will he ever find a way back to Sodor?

“My son just loves Thomas u0026amp; Friends. He collects the trains and has watched a number of the original series. This was our first foray into the newer Thomas adventures, and I thought it was well done and kept much of the original flavor and ideals.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAnimation (versus the originalu0026#39;s use of real-life models) has both pluses and minuses. On the plus is the allowance for greater flexibility in camera shots, more animation of the figures themselves and a wider allowance for possible story lines. On the negative, there will always be something magical about real-world objects when done as well as the original series was.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAs for this particular outing, it involves a mysterious island, colorful new characters and adventure as always. The narration is well done, as are the character voices (one major difference with the originals, which are all voiced by the same narrator). The scariest moment being a near u0026quot;deadlyu0026quot; plunge off the train tracks to the cliffs below.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNothing too frightening, good values (usefulness, obedience, friendship, etc) and charming visuals should appeal to younger children. Itu0026#39;s also nice to have storytelling without frenetic action… a good choice for parents.”

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