If you’re a parent, odds are high that your kid (or kids) got really into Thomas the Tank Engine. The stories of the little train on an island full of living trains has gone from books to various TV shows. Most importantly are the various toy train lines that can easily overtake a toy space. They even made a movie. Thomas and the Magic Railroad: 20th Anniversary Edition is coming to Blu-ray at the end of September. Mara Wilson plays the little girl who needs to save the day in the magical land. The producers of the movie made the film enjoyable for both little kids and their parents with a bit of creative casting. Sure you get the trains, but more importantly both Peter Fonda and Alec Baldwin being on the screen. There’s Captain America from Easy Rider and The Shadow hanging together. That ought to make any dad happy to press play on the remote. Here’s the press release from Shout! Kids:
THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD
(20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
STARRING PETER FONDA, MARA WILSON,
AND THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE
CHUGS TO BLU-RAY™ FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
FROM SHOUT! KIDS
Los Angeles, CA – July 15, 2020 – Hear that whistle? Ride the rails to adventure with Thomas And The Magic Railroad (20th Anniversary Edition), coming to Blu-ray™ for the first time on September 29 from Shout! Kids. Starring Alec Baldwin (The Boss Baby, 30 Rock), Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold), Didi Conn (Grease, Shining Time Station), Russell Means (Last of the Mohicans, Pocahontas), and Thomas the Tank Engine, this film is a family-favorite and has long been requested on Blu-ray™ by fans. Special features will be announced soon.
For as long as anyone can remember, the magical Island of Sodor has been the realm of enchantment, innocence, and talking train engines. Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) is taking care of the whole railway whilst Sir Topham Hatt is away.
Mr. C comes from a family of miniature Conductors who travel between the Island of Sodor and Shining Time Station thanks to a supply of mysterious gold dust. However, Sodor’s steam engines suddenly find themselves heading for a load of trouble courtesy of the railroad baddie Diesel 10, whose plan is to destroy our hero Thomas and Mr. C…then take over Sodor before Sir Topham Hatt’s return. Thomas and Mr. C must save the engines before his dwindling supply of gold dust runs out!
Lily (Mara Wilson) has a hunch that her grandfather (Peter Fonda), up in his workshop on Muffle Mountain, can be the one to crack the code that will save the Conductor family… and bring back to life the Magic Railroad, which runs between Sodor and the beautiful Indian Valley surrounding Shining Time. Lily teams up with Mr. C and Thomas and sets out to get Sodor back on track in this beloved, full-length adventure starring the world’s #1 tank engine.
While Thomas And The Magic Railroad celebrates its 20th anniversary, Thomas the Tank Engine is marking his 75thyear as a beloved children’s character. Originally part of the Rev W. Awdry’s Little Railway book series, first released in 1945, Thomas was brought to life through the cherished TV series Thomas & Friends, created by Britt Allcroft (director/writer/producer of Thomas And The Magic Railroad) in the early 1980s. In the late ‘80s, Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow introduced Thomas to America when they created Shining Time Station. Many years on, Thomas’ legacy remains everlasting.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform Media Company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
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