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Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends: Happy Little Helpers [DVD]

Michael Angelis , Michael Brandon    Universal, particularly children   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon, Keith Wickham, Ben Small, Martin Sherman
  • Writers: Britt Allcroft
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: UC
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVFS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Contains the following 8 episodes:

  • Three Cheers For Thomas
  • Percy Gets it Right
  • Edward’s Brass Band
  • James and the Queen of Sodor
  • Toby’s Windmill
  • Bad Day at Castle Loch
  • Snow Engine
  • Emily’s New Coaches

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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends: Happy Little Helpers

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This excellent DVD contains nine Thomas episodes, two songs and three games. The model railway used to film the episodes and the songs is superb and adds an element of reality not found in cartoons. Most of the stories are beautifully narrated by Ringo Starr, who brings the characters (especially the Fat Controller) to life in a charming way. The stories will appeal to children aged two and over, but even younger children (such as my fifteen month old) will enjoy 'watching the trains' and pointing at things they recognise.
My personal favourite is Lady Hatt's Birthday Party. The Fat Controller (Sir Topham Hatt) is clearly both devoted to, and terrified of, his wife (a sort of Penelope Keith character), and suffers the most tremendous trials and indignations in order to be on time for her birthday party.
Another good story is 'Busy Going Backwards', in which the break van Toad becomes tired of always seeing things slip away from him because he is stuck at the back of the train.
'I have forward thinking views Mr Oliver,' he tells Oliver the Great Western Engine. 'I could be a leader.' And so it turns out when the trucks detach themselves from Oliver at the top of Gordon's hill and the train, now with Toad at the front, runs backwards down the hill out of control.
The songs are just as good as the stories and include 'karaoke style' words at the bottom of the screen. Be warned - the tunes are annoyingly catchy and you will find yourself humming 'Donald's Duck' at work ! 'Night Train' is very atmospheric and beautifully filmed, but the rather dark images may be lost a little on young children.
The games are a bit simplistic.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best series 16 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This double video contains all 26 five minute episodes from the fifth series of Thomas & Friends which was made in 1998. Although he never gets onscreen credit, Michael Angelis narrates this, his third series of Thomas. By this point, Britt Allcroft had gained all rights to Thomas and decided to write her own stories with David Mitton, in favour of using Reverand Awdry's Railway Series Books.
Although, there are some solid entries (Cranky Bugs, A Better View for Gordon, Double Teething Troubles, Busy going Backwards and Rusty & The Boulder to name but a few) there are several clangers. These include Baa!, Duncan Gets Spooked, Snow, Bye George and Stepney Gets Lost. The stories have clearly been Americanised - there is crash in nearly every episode!
Some new characters are introduced aswell: Cranky The Crane, The Horrid Lorries, Old Slow Coach, Thumper and Derek The Diesel. Cranky The Crane is made a bit of a regular the others only appear once. This is all very well for the toy franchise but, come on, let's see more of the old favorites such as Henry.
This is definately not the worst series - I reserve that spot for series 3 - but certainly isn't the best. If you're after the classic stories then go for the first two series, which are a lot better.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
To begin with, this latest collection of Episodes from Thomas and Friends is probably the best to be produced to date. This is the second DVD to include the latest episodes of Series Six, which introduces new characters, new plots and a whole new twist to the original classics.
Percy's Chocolate Crunch follows a typical day for Percy, as he avoids the threat of dirtniess, as the water tower is out of use and therefore he cannot wash. After a rather dusty and grimmy day of tasks, Percy is releaved to find that his next job is to deliever a train of sugar to Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory. At last he can be clean! However, disaster strikes when the rails are dosed in slippery oil...and Percy is soon to find that he his dirty spree is far from over!
Next, we are introduced to a whole new cast...the Sodor Construction Company. Meet Jack the Front Loader, a vehicle on a mission to become accepted into the Pack, a team of construction vehicles. Can Jack prove himself useful to the team? Or will his enthusiasm get the better of him? (My favourite episode on this DVD)
Diesel is determined to prove once and for all, that he is the World's Strongest Engine. But with the trucks help, it becomes clear that he is far from it.
Iron Arry and Iron Bert (from Stepney Gets Lost) return and are up to no good when they find that the steam engines have a weak spot - being the Middle Engine. Percy learns how to catch the sneaky diesels out, but James learns that it's not as easy as it is! (One of the best episodes on the DVD)
Bill and Ben are saddle tank engine twins who do everything together, but jealous shows it nasty face in this episode "Buffer Bother" (listed above as "Bill and Ben's Excellent Adventure").
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thomas 28 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Thomas and his friends give you their last series narrated by Ringo Starr. The set has expanded and Diesels come along for the first time in Thomas series. One is devious Diesel, one is lazy Daisy, and the last is kind Boco. New steamers come too like, Duck, Donald & Douglas, Bill and Ben. But old friends of Thomas like Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy and Toby are all there to show them the rails.
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Great stocking fillers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Son very happy. Mom too.
Published 20 days ago by Mrs L
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Published 26 days ago by J. Zdanowicz
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My son ages 3. He enjoys it very much.
Published 1 month ago by louise law
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It is a disc that works perfectly no stoppings or pausing's in this disk or dvd I recommend you buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thomas is favourite no1 at the moment by my little Grandson, so can only be rated 5*
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Jane Grieve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
sure a young friend will be delighted
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Suzanne V Stanbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars 1993 Re-release of coal and other stories, a great way to end season 1
I am an American, and when i was a Kid Thomas the Tank Engine was my favorite show! But as a kid, my favorite narrator was Ringo Starr and in the US we got 42(41 if you don't count... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ClassicRocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
Wonderful to be able to purchase videos as they come few and far between these days, so excellent find. Great.
Published 8 months ago by Jinty
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied customer
It is difficult to find suitable DVDs in local town and these are well produced and very popular with my grandchildren. Np complaints so far.
Published 8 months ago by Laura
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