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Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure

Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
Directed by David Stoten
Produced by
  • Ian McCue (HiT)
  • Jennifer Hill (Arc)
  • Christopher Keenan (executive producer; HiT)
  • Edward Catchpole (executive producer; HiT)
  • Stephen Gallop (executive producer; Arc)
  • Kallan Kagan (executive producer; Arc)
Written by Andrew Brenner
Screenplay by Andrew Brenner
Starring John Hurt
Eddie Redmayne
Jamie Campbell Bower
Olivia Colman
John Hasler
Joseph May
Keith Wickham
Rob Rackstraw
Teresa Gallagher
Jules de Jongh
Kerry Shale
William Hope
Christopher Ragland
Tim Whitnall
Joe Mills
Steven Kynman
David Menkin
Glenn Wrage
Jonathan Broadbent
Matt Wilkinson
Tom Stourton
Nathan Clarke
Narrated by Mark Moraghan
Music by Robert Hartshorne
Peter Hartshorne
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Edited by Matthew Ahrens
Production
company
Distributed by HiT Entertainment (UK/US)
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (US)
Release dates
July 17, 2015 (UK Limited Cinema Release)[1]
September 8, 2015 (US)
September 23, 2015 (AUS)
September 28, 2015 (UK DVD/Blu-Ray Release)[2]
Running time
60 minutes (UK)
63 minutes (US)

Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure is a 2015 CGI-animated children's action film and special of Thomas & Friends.[3]

It features John Hasler and Joseph May as the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine in the UK and US, respectively. It stars the voices of Olivia Colman, Keith Wickham, Tim Whitnall, Rob Rackstraw, William Hope, Kerry Shale, Christopher Ragland, Glenn Wrage, Joe Mills, Teresa Gallagher, Jules de Jongh, Steven Kynman, David Menkin and Tom Stourton.

Eddie Redmayne, Sir John Hurt, Jamie Campbell Bower and Nathan Clarke join the voice cast, while Rex, Bert and Mike, the Arlesdale Railway Engines, also the central characters of the Reverend Wilbert Awdry's book, 'Small Railway Engines', will make their very first appearance in the TV series in this production, having only appeared in the Railway Series so far, until now. It also features a special cameo appearance from Wilbert Awdry himself in CGI.

In the UK, the film received a limited cinema release from 17 July, 2015. However, it was so popular that it was requested to be bought back to UK Cinemas August of that year. [1]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Plot

Thomas the Tank Engine is running his branch line with his coaches Annie and Clarabel while trying to spot Bertie in order to have a race. Annie and Clarabel warn him not to yet Thomas becomes conceited leading him to nearly having collisions with rail-workers and Toby. Bertie, now confident of winning the race suddenly gets stuck behind Oliver the Excavator leading to Thomas taking the lead. As Oliver turns round a corner, Bertie races away, and The Thin Clergyman is seen riding a bike and looking in Thomas' direction. Thomas then arrives at Ffarquhar while Annie and Clarabel warn him not to race as The Fat Controller would be cross. Bertie then arrives fuming claiming that he keeps getting stuck behind excavators ever since construction of the new branch line from Arlesburgh Harbour to Harwick. Annie and Clarabel are worried about what the Fat Controller will do to their branch line if there is a new one being built but Thomas, still conceited, is certain nothing will happen as he is the Fat Controllers number one engine.

Meanwhile, Marion the Steam-Shovel is on the Arlesburgh Branch-Line heading to the construction of the new branch line. While admiring the scenery, she gets shocked as she sees two objects race past her and then decides to close her beautiful eyes, in case she is seeing things. This leads to her colliding with Oliver the GWR Engine and Toad. When Toad explains about the incident to Oliver, Marion moves forward to apologise but is backs quickly away as she sees a miniature red object race past her. Toad introduces her to Mike, then Rex and finally Bert and then asks if she had ever seen a miniature engine before. Marion agrees that she had never seen such a small engine, asking if they are real causing the three small engines to explain that they deliver ballast, wool and passengers for the larger engines. Marion convinced that the engines must be magic, follows Oliver and Toad to the branch line and while explaining about the usefulness of diggers gets passed by larger engines. Meanwhile, further down the line Duck is shunting trucks to help with construction when he gets a surprise and sees Donald and Douglas who he claims he had not seen for a long time. The twins claim that they only were gone a few minutes to get some rails and sleepers. Meanwhile, Jack and Alfie are helping with construction when Oliver the Excavator joins them and all three help in the construction of the new Branch-Line.

The next morning, Thomas takes longer to start than usual despite Percy, James and Henry trying to wake him up so he can go and fetch Gordon's coaches but Thomas refuses by saying 'Gordon can wait'. Meanwhile, Gordon waits crossly as he's full of steam but there's no express until Thomas eventually enters the yard, this excites Annie and Clarabel but Thomas explains that he can't pull them until he fetches 'Lazy Gordon's coaches'. Gordon explains that tender engines don't shunt as they are too big and that silly little tank engines like Thomas are the right size for shunting. This annoys Thomas so he cheekily pushes the express coaches down the line opposite which angers Gordon and Thomas claims Gordon will have to catch him as Gordon did, shouting out. Toby shouts at Thomas warning him that the signal is Red. Thomas suddenly realises this and brakes hard leading to express coaches colliding with Emily and later all derailing badly causing their to be huge confusion and delay! Meanwhile, Marion is helping with construction and decides to play a game. After failing with Donald, she spots Oliver the Excavator and upon introducing herself is shocked to find out his name is Oliver as Oliver should be a Great Western Tank Engine not a Digger and believes that the small engines must have changed Oliver from a tank engine into a digger. As both move away it is shown that the ground is badly worn out. Back at the station the Fat Controller is very cross, Thomas desperately tries to blame the fault on Gordon and Emily but the Fat Controller angrily yells at Thomas that is was 100% his fault and that his punishment is that he is to be sent to shunt trucks at the construction of the new Branch-Line. Thomas asks about his own branch line when a Purple Tank Engine arrives claiming that he needs to help on a Branch-Line. The Fat Controller introduces the new engine as Ryan who he claims will take over Thomas' Branch Line while Thomas is sent away at the construction of the new Branch-Line which deeply upsets Thomas.

Back on the new Branch-Line, the ground at the recently dug cutting is unstable and the men only just stop Donald from passing over it. Danger signs were put up and the men had plans to re-route the track meaning Donald, Douglas and Marion had to back away. Meanwhile, back at Arlesburgh Junction, the three small engines where just collecting ballast when Bert sees Thomas arriving who is very upset and asks him why to which Thomas explain about Ryan replacing him. When Rex asks why Thomas explains that Gordon had annoyed him by calling him a silly little Tank Engine leading Mike and Bert to explain that Big engines always look down and think they're better than small engines. Rex, Bert and Mike then sing the song, 'Never Overlook a Little Engine'. After the song, the three small engines explain to Thomas that the men need to lay down rails and sleepers first and then Ballast after but what they don't realise is that their song makes Thomas overconfident as he steams off with ballast trucks. Upon arriving in the construction yard, Thomas spots flatbeds full of rails and sleepers and upon being uncoupled from the ballast trucks, then couples up to the flatbeds and pushes them away. Upon pushing the flatbeds men wave and shout at Thomas to try and warn him about the danger but instead Thomas thinks they are cheering him on so he pushes the Flatbeds further, right past the danger sign. While passing over unstable track it starts to crumble into a cavern. Thomas realising his mistake applies his brakes on firmly. The ground becomes so unstable that the flatbeds start falling into the cavern and due to them being so heavy they start dragging Thomas into the cavern. His driver and fireman jump clear as Thomas falls from Flatbed to Flatbed, deeper and deeper to the bottom of the cavern. Once at the bottom, Thomas spots an old pirate ship which he cannot believe is there. Meanwhile, Ryan arrives at Knapford Yards to pick up Annie and Clarabel and buffers up to them a little too roughly and both coaches are confused claiming that they were expecting Thomas.

Meanwhile, back on the new Branch-Line, Duck brings Rocky to help lift Thomas out of the cavern. To make matters worse The Fat Controller is waiting outside and is infuriated claiming Thomas has made two mistakes in one day. Thomas desperately once again tries to blame it on the fact that no-one told him but The Fat Controller didn't believe him. Thomas tries to tell the Fat Controller about the pirate ship, and this makes the Fat Controller very angry, he orders that Emily takes Thomas to the Steamworks to get his firebox fixed. While Rocky is placing Thomas on Emily's Flatbed, a mysterious man dressed as a Sailor with his sailing boat are spying on them. The man constantly shouts at his bout for bobbing about which doesn't give him a clear view of the cavern. Later at the Steamworks, Victor tells Thomas that he'll soon be repaired, but Thomas claims that there is no rush as the Fat Controller replaced him with Ryan to run his Branch-Line, but Victor claims that the Fat Controller wants Thomas back in working order as soon as possible. Kevin tells Thomas that he needn't worry about pushing the trucks underground as he always drops something and still works at the Steamworks, too which Victor replies 'only just' and Kevin presently falls. Edward arrives and tells everyone that Rocky found a pirate ship at the bottom of the cavern to which Thomas is annoyed by as he found the pirate ship. Meanwhile, at the Branch-Line, Rocky slowly and carefully lifts the Pirate Ship out of the cavern and the Fat Controller calls him a really useful crane and says the ship will be taken down to Arlesburgh Harbour and put on display. Alfie wonders how the ship got into the cavern, Jack thinks that it maybe like a model ship in a bottle. But Donald and Douglas believe that their must have been away to sail into the cavern. Marion thinks that if there's a buried Pirate Ship there's bound to be buried Treasure and gets excited over the thought and claims that's her wish.

Meanwhile, Mike is placing ballast on the chute and is shocked to see Marion coming back who keeps on calling out, 'Magic engines!'. Bert wonders what Marion is talking about and Rex claims she's talking about Mike and Mike questions why. Rex claims Marion might think Mike's magical, then leaves and Bert claims he's not interested to find out and follows close behind. After Mike is uncoupled from the ballast trucks, he tries to escape, but Marion prevents him from doing so with her shovel. Mike tries to push away the shovel but Marion holds him back and makes a wish about how she'd like to be the one to dig up the treasure. Eventually, Mike manages to overcome the shovel and puffs quickly away. Marion believes she made her wish as Mike disappeared in smoke like magic. Meanwhile, Donald and Douglas pull the pirate ship across Sodor startling children and people until they reach Arlesburgh Harbour and their the mysterious sailor man and his sailing boat look on. That night, Henry gets a fright as he spots the man and his boat and thinks they are a ghost leading to him crashing into some buffers. The next morning Henry tells James, Edward, Salty, Cranky, Porter, Bill and Ben about the ghost boat. James, Cranky, Bill and Ben initially don't believe him but Salty then tells the Engines the tale about the lost Pirate, Captain Callas, who used to rome the seas surrounding Sodor, attacking ships and stealing all the merchants Gold and Jewellery and adding them to his Treasure. The merchants and the navy tried to get the treasure back but the lost pirate hid the ship in a cavern where the merchants couldn't find them and buried his treasure deep down underground. But one windy day the map blows away and today the Ghost of the Pirate romes Sodor today looking for his treasure. Cranky still not believing in Salty's story claims that it isn't true yet Henry believes that it is.

One day, Thomas, after being repaired, was just returning to the construction Yard when he passes through Arlesburgh Harbour and spots the enormous pirate ship still annoyed that Rocky took all the credit for finding the ship. Meanwhile, the sail boat looks upon the ship as the mysterious sailor man boards it. Thomas arrives at the construction yard and upon filling up with coal at on hopper he spots the Fat Controller talking to Ryan who has started to work on the new Branch-Line ever since Thomas' accident. Thomas asks the Fat Controller if he can return to his Branch-Line but the Fat Controller crossly says no and that Thomas still has to work on the new Branch-Line before he can return to his old one and that Percy will be looking after his Branch-Line until he can get back to his Branch-Line. Thomas is now unhappy claiming he is no longer the Fat Controller's Number 1 Engine. Marion now certain her wish will come true starts bragging about it to Alfie and Oliver and later tricks them into believing she's found the treasure when she only found more rocks. By the time Thomas arrived at Arlesburgh Junction, he was coughing out soot and sparks. Rex questions what's wrong to which Thomas replies that Ryan is making his firebox fume with anger. Mike claims that Ryan isn't a magician and can't make Thomas cough out soot and Bert, upon choking of some of Thomas' sparks, claims that Thomas must have taken the wrong coal which is making him cough out fumes. The small engines insist that Thomas remove his bad coal as that will never make him Really useful. That night Thomas' fireman starts cleaning out Thomas' firebox of all the bad coal that lies with his firebox and instead takes some fresh coal from the new hopper to make Thomas feel better before he heads his way to the shed. However much to his disappointment he find Ryan in the shed who invites Thomas into the shed to join him as there's plenty of space. Thomas however refuses as he resents Ryan for taking away his Branch-Line and thinks that he might overtake Thomas in becoming the Fat Controller's number 1 and instead decides to sleep on a siding.

That night, Thomas is awoken and spots the Ghost Boat and decides to follow it. He follows it right towards cavern which he previous fell in and sees that the boat is not a Ghost Boat but instead a Railboat. He then hits a piece of metal which startles the mysterious sailor man who question Thomas about who he is and why he is following them. Thomas tells the man his name and also tells him that he found the cavern and the pirate ship but is annoyed that Rocky took the credit for it. The man starts laughing and claims that Thomas and him are friends due to Thomas' discovery of the pirate ship. The man introduces himself as Captain arrive to arrest Sailor John and put in prison for a very long time, while Thomas is rescued by Duck, Rocky and Ryan. He then spots the Fat Controller who he assumes will be cross at him again for losing the Treasure. However the Fat Controller is happy knowing that Thomas did his absolute best to stop Sailor John, and that the treasure is nothing compared to his Engines and that Thomas is his number 1. Eventually the new Branch-Line is completed from Arlesburgh Harbour to Harwick and Marion and the Pack are pleased as they helped build the new line. Just then Oliver and Toad pull up alongside Marion leading Marion to be confused into believing that there can't be two Oliver's too which both reply that there can be before being shushed by Donald and Douglas who spot Thomas coming round the corner with Annie and Clarabel who are pleased to be back with Thomas.

The Fat Controller steps out of Annie and announces how proud he is of the new branch line. He then mentions that Ryan will be in charge of the goods traffic on the branch line and a very special friend will look after the passengers. Thomas is initially confused as he knows he has his own Branch Line. But the Fat Controller reveals that he was referring to Daisy the Diesel Railcar who pulls up alongside Thomas while admiring herself as the Fat Controller declares the Branch line open while him, Lady Hatt, Dowager Hatt, Steven and Bridget, Sir Robert Norramby and the Thin Clergyman board Annie and Clarabel. Thomas is again confused as he expects the Fat Controller to cut the ribbon but he actually reveals that Thomas is going to before shouting 'Full Steam Ahead'. Thomas replies this and cuts the ribbon too open the new branch line while him, Annie, Clarabel, Daisy, Ryan, Oliver, Toad, Donald, Douglas, Duck and Rocky puff along the new line while the song 'We make a Team Together' is replayed. Along the branch-line they spot Bertie who gets stopped by Sheep, Skiff who has new paint, new wheels and a line all too himself and Captain and two divers who recover the treasure. A montage is then shown before Thomas, Annie and Clarabel join Skiff at Arlesburgh Harbour overlooking the Fireworks. The song 'Never Overlook a Little Engine' is played during the end credits.

Cast

Eddie Redmayne (Ryan), Nathan Clarke (Alfie), Sir John Hurt (Sailor John) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Skiff) joined the voice cast.

Rob Rackstraw takes over the voice of Toby in the UK.

This is the last special where Keith Wickham voices Percy in the UK. Nigel Pilkington later took over the role in series 19.

Actor Region Role
Mark Moraghan UK/US The Narrator
John Hasler UK Thomas
Joseph May US Thomas
Keith Wickham UK Edward, Henry, Gordon, James and Percy
UK/US Salty, Bert, Bertie, Sir Topham Hatt, Sodor Brass Band leader, A Policeman, A Diver, Some Workmen, Thomas' Fireman and other People
Olivia Colman UK/US Marion
Eddie Redmayne UK/US Ryan
Sir John Hurt US Sailor John
Jamie Campbell Bower UK/US Skiff
Tim Whitnall UK/US Mike and Oliver the Excavator
Tom Stourton UK/US Rex
Joe Mills UK/US Donald, Douglas, Oliver and Toad
Teresa Gallagher UK Emily and Some Children
UK/US Daisy, Annie and Clarabel
Jules de Jongh US Emily and Some Children
Matt Wilkinson UK Cranky and Kevin
Glenn Wrage US Cranky
Steven Kynman UK/US Duck
UK Jack
David Menkin US Jack
David Bedella UK/US Victor
Jonathan Broadbent UK/US Bill and Ben
Kerry Shale US Henry, Gordon, Kevin and some people
William Hope US Edward and Toby
Rob Rackstraw UK Toby
US James
Christopher Ragland US Percy
Nathan Clarke UK/US Alfie

References

  1. ^ a b Stuart Heritage (4 June 2015). "Thomas and Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure trailer – steamy stuff".  
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomas-Sodors-Legend-Treasure/dp/B00WJXOZKM
  3. ^ http://www.hitentertainment.com/corporate/newsdetail.aspx?nid=158

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