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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best series, 16 Sep 2003
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This review is from: Thomas and Friends - Classic Collection: The Complete Fifth Series [VHS] (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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Initial post: 7 Jun 2010 17:04:52 BDT
Michael does get on screen credit at the start of every episode! It always says "told by Michael Angelis". This is not the worst series in any way! Also you said that the episodes not by Wilbert (Rev.W.Awdry) are not very good, then you go and say that series three is the worst, and alomost all of the episodes in that series are by Wilbert.

You do speak some sense when you say that series one and two are the best. They can not be beaten, Ringo Starr was a great narrator, the stories were great, the models were great and Ringo was great! The worst series of all time has to be the new CGI series! Absolute rubbish!!! CGI IS CRAP!! Thomas was the last of many children's TV programs to use models, them the made it crap, and lost a lot of thomas fans due to this stupid change. The stories are crap, the "models" are crap, and now Michael is crap! He doesn't put any emotion into the stories he used too....
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