Thomas the Tank Engine film characters


Thomas the Tank Engine film characters

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Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Thomas and the Magic Railroad was the first theatrical Thomas and Friends movie.

Diesel 10

Diesel 10 (Neil Crone) is a large diesel engine with a claw (which he calls "Pinchy") extending from his roof. He is the main antagonist in the movie. The engines say he is rated "ten out of ten for devious deeds and brutal strength". When he first came to Sodor, he hated steam engines so much that he made a goal to get rid of them once and for all. He tried to murder "Lady", the magic engine that brings a magic railway and the steam engines alive. Although this failed, he was able to crash Lady causing her to nearly die until she was found and taken to a man named Burnett Stone and his workshop where he spent years trying to get her to be alive again. Diesel 10 repeatedly terrorized the steam engines and "Twinkle Toes" (his derogatory nickname for Mr. Conductor) in an attempt to track down Lady and the Magic Railroad.

Diesel 10 recruited two other diesel engines, Splatter and Dodge (who he collectively refers to as "Splodge"), to help him find Lady. However, the diesels grew tired of Diesel 10's attitude, and refused to help him when Lady returned to Sodor. Diesel 10 chased Lady and Thomas until the three came to a collapsing viaduct. Lady and Thomas were light enough to make it across, but unable to stop, the track couldn't hold Diesel 10's weight and it collapsed from underneath him. causing him to fall and land in a sludge-filled barge below.

Diesel 10 was voiced by improvisational comedian Neil Crone, who reportedly created such character traits as the name "Pinchy" for Diesel's claw. Crone was hired when the producers decided to re-edit the movie due to test audience responses. Keith Scott played Diesel before the cuts were made.

Diesel 10 is olive-coloured and based on a British Rail Class 42, although his 'claw' is utterly artistic licence, as it would exceed the loading gauge.

Lady

Lady is a violet and gold tank engine who has magical powers. A long time ago Diesel 10 chased her, and made her have an accident. For years Burnett Stone has worked on her and kept her in his workshop on Muffle Mountain.

Lady does not appear to be based on any particular kind of steam locomotive, but it has been suggested that she bears some resemblance to Gladstone, the steam locomotive featured in the British 1936 film, Oh, Mr. Porter! (K&SER Northiam with the rear cab cut off and an enlarged chimney). Lady's face only appears on the Island of Sodor.

Magic Railroad

Lady (Britt Allcroft) holds the Magic Railroad together - she emits colourful shavings that turn into gold dust. Because of this, she is kept hidden in Burnett Stone's workshop in Muffle Mountain after Diesel 10 made her crash. Stone repaired her, but she would not run. Eventually, his granddaughter Lily suggested using Sodor coal, which finally allowed her to make steam and return to the Island of Sodor. Diesel 10 found Lady, and chased her and Thomas. Thomas and Lady outran him, leaving Diesel 10 to his fate. It was found that Lady was the source of Twinkle Toes' gold dust.

Appearance in Calling All Engines

Lady appears momentarily in Calling All Engines in Thomas' dream sequence, alongside Rusty, telling Thomas how to get the airport finished.

In the Calling All Engines DVD's Character Gallery, Lady is mentioned as "... a magical engine. When she works along the rails, she spreads gold dust along the rails. Lady has been known to help Thomas and his friends when there was no other engine to turn to..."

Splatter and Dodge

Splatter (Neil Crone) and Dodge (Kevin Frank) are the two bumbling sidekicks of Diesel 10. He collectively refers to them as "Splodge", irritably claiming that he is too impatient to say both names. Although the other engines fear them, Splatter and Dodge do not have the bravery, intelligence, or villainy to match Diesel 10. Splatter is coloured indigo and more talkative than Dodge. Dodge is olive and more intelligent than Splatter. The two grow disdainful of Diesel 10 at the end of the film, abandoning Diesel 10 to his doom as he tries to catch Lady and Thomas.

The two diesels' whereabouts at the end of the film is unknown. It is also believed their models were later repainted into 'Arry and Bert.[citation needed]

Splatter and Dodge are based on the British Rail Class 08 shunter.

Mr. Conductor

Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) (or "Twinkle Toes" as Diesel 10 calls him) is the railway conductor who often helps to run the railway for Sir Topham Hatt when he is not helping out at Shining Time Station. When Sir Topham Hatt goes on holiday, Mr. Conductor travels to Sodor to keep Diesel 10 in order, but he runs out of gold dust, and cannot get back to Shining Time Station nor find out how to make more, leaving him powerless. When Diesel 10 tried to drop him off the viaduct into the river going underneath but instead, catapulting him to the windmill, Mr. Conductor eventually finds a clue and when Burnett Stone travels to the island, his engine, Lady, provides him with gold dust. He was played by Alec Baldwin. The role is based on the character in the series Shining Time Station, previously played by Ringo Starr and George Carlin.

Lily

Lily (Mara Wilson) is the granddaughter of Burnett Stone. She lives in a big city, but comes to visit him during the film. After getting on the wrong train, she arrives at Shining Time Station, where she meets Junior. The station master, Stacy Jones, drives her to Burnett's home, and tells Lily that she wishes she could visit Shining Time. Lily meets Junior again, and they travel to Sodor. Later, she and Thomas find a way back to Muffle Mountain. She finds Lady and helps Burnett find a way to make her run and get to the island.

Burnett Stone

Burnett Stone (Peter Fonda) is Lily's grandfather and Lady's caretaker. He keeps her in Muffle Mountain. He was very sad when Lady crashed and he could not make her work again. He was even more devastated when his wife Tasha died. He couldn't get Lady to start until Lily got coal from the Island of Sodor. He did get Lady to work, and became her driver as they outran Diesel 10.

C. Junior

Mr. Conductor Jr. (Michael E. Rodgers) (or "Twinkle Toes Junior" as Diesel Ten called him as soon as he landed on his roof) is the cousin of Mr. Conductor, who was on holiday at the beach. He is good-natured and friendly, but is also clumsy and lazy, preferring to relax and go surfing rather than do honest work. Mr. Conductor urged him to travel to Shining Time Station to retrieve the last of the family's gold dust. There, Junior met Lily, and they went to Sodor to find Mr. Conductor. They did find him at a windmill, but Junior became caught on the whirling blades of the windmill, and was flung onto the roof of the passing Diesel 10. He ended up in the scrap yard, flung onto James' cab. The two were nearly sent into the smelting pit, until Junior used the last of his gold dust to transport them away. Junior then reunited with Mr. Conductor, and told him that their gold dust was now completely depleted. When Lady returned to the Island, Mr. Conductor and Junior found their gold dust again. Junior, pleased and encouraged by his success in helping out, offers to take a job on Sodor, and is hired on as conductor so that Mr. Conductor can go back to Shining Time Station and resume working there.

Patch

Patch (Cody McMains) is a local boy who works for Burnett Stone. He finds Lady and asks Burnett about her. Later he meets Lily and spends time with her until Lily departs for Sodor. The three of them later travel to Sodor in Lady. In a final scene that was cut from the film, it is revealed that Patch and Lily eventually marry.

Mutt

Mutt is Patch's dog, who tries to help Lily and can sense trouble in the world.

Stacy Jones

Stacy Jones (Didi Conn) is the manager of Shining Time Station. She is frequently helped by Mr. Conductor and when Lily arrives at the station by mistake, Stacy drives Lily to Burnett. Didi Conn reprised the role she played on Shining Time Station.

Billy Twofeathers

Billy Twofeathers (Russell Means) is a train driver who works in the Indian Valley, driving trains to Muffle Mountain, Shining Time, and other places. Billy was a character on the Thomas and Friends spin-off, Shining Time Station, on which he was played by Tom Jackson.

PT Boomer

PT Boomer (Doug Lennox) was the character originally filmed as the main antagonist of Magic Railroad making Diesel 10 the secondary villain. Boomer was always jealous of Burnett's relationship with Tasha, and grew into a drifter. He owned a motorcycle and caused havoc wherever he went. Boomer persuaded Burnett to let him take Lady for a run, but instead he crashed her. He spends most of his time digging into Muffle Mountain looking for Lady. He is also the reason Thomas fell down the side of Muffle Mountain. He set off an explosion that loosened the ground under Thomas. When he found Thomas at the bottom of the mountain he just thought he was a big toy. He hid in Thomas' cab when he went through the buffers a second time. He later jumped off half way and floated the rest of the way to Sodor. By chance, Boomer landed on the back of Diesel 10 as he chased down Thomas and Lady, and fell with the diesel from a viaduct into a barge.

Boomer's scenes were cut, levelled or altered when test audiences considered his character too frightening for little kids and younger andiences.

Calling All Engines

No characters appeared exclusively in Calling All Engines, the first straight-to-DVD special.

The Great Discovery

The Great Discovery introduced one new character to the series.

Stanley

Stanley (voiced by Matt Wilkinson) is a strong white, silver and red tank engine who made Thomas jealous when he arrived on Sodor.

Hero of the Rails

Three new characters were introduced in Hero of the Rails.

Hiro

Hiro (voiced by Togo Igawa) is an old, lost black Japanese steam engine. He has been featured in Hero of the Rails and Series 13. He appeared in Misty Island Rescue.[1][2]

Victor

Victor (voiced by Matt Wilkinson) is an oversized dark red narrow gauge tank engine who is main shunter of the Sodor Steamworks.[3][4]

Kevin

Kevin (voiced by Matt Wilkinson) is a young yellow crane who works at the Sodor Steamworks.[3][5]

Misty Island Rescue

Four new characters who were introduced in Misty Island Rescue.

Captain

Captain (voiced by Keith Wickham) is a red, yellow and blue lifeboat who resides at the Sodor Search & Rescue Centre with Harold and Rocky (and later Flynn).

Bash & Dash

Bash and Dash (voiced by Keith Wickham and Matt Wilkinson) are grey and amber twin engines on Misty Island.

Ferdinand

Ferdinand (voiced by Ben Small) is a big teal tender engine who works with Bash & Dash.

Day of the Diesels

Seven new characters who were introduced officially in Day of the Diesels.

Belle

Belle (voiced by Teresa Gallagher) is a big blue tank engine(Sodor's biggest tank engine) with firefighting equipment.

Flynn

Flynn (voiced by Rupert Degas) is a bright red fire truck who joins the Search & Rescue team.

Den

Den (voiced by Keith Wickham) is a stately orange and blue diesel who runs the Sodor Dieselworks in Diesel 10's absence.

Dart

Dart (voiced by Rupert Degas) is a clumsy yellow and dark red diesel who helps run the Sodor Dieselworks.

Norman

Norman (voiced by Keith Wickham) is a orange diesel engine who is always breaking down but would if fixed prove to be really useful. He is also Dennis' twin brother.

Paxton

Paxton (voiced by Matt Wilkinson) is a slightly young gullible dark green diesel who likes steam engines, especially Thomas.

Sidney

Sidney (voiced by Ben Small) is a blue diesel who can always be a bit forgetful and always starts work at one place only to end up at another.

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