Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends: Spooks and Surprises [VHS]
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Join Thomas and his friends Duncan, Gordon, Henry, Percy, Toby and Rusty for nine brand new ghostly and exciting adventures, 'Horrid Lorry', 'Gordon and the Gremlins', 'Haunted Henry', 'Toby's Discovery', 'Thomas and the Rumours', 'A Surprise for Percy', 'Duncan Gets Spooked', 'Snow', 'Rusty and the Boulder'.
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It's a peep peep and a chuff chuff for all Thomas the Tank Engine fans as we introduce the incredibly exciting brand of new adventures from the mischievous little engine. Spooks and Surprises contains lots of ghostly adventures, exciting discoveries and lots of new characters!
All the engines are shocked when three very rude and horrid lorries are hired to do some of the engines work. Soon the tables are turned.
Gordon and the Gremlins
Gordon has to pick up a special visitor but gremlins strike and the journey is full of adventures and surprises.
Edward scares Henry with his stories about Ghosts in teh midst. A spooky journey one night finds a new friend for Henry.
Toby, the fat controller and his grandchildren make an exciting discovery at a remote part of the Island and an 'old warrior' soon becomes Toby's friend.
Thomas and the Rumours
Children ask Thomas to help when their playground is closed down. A smash involving Gordon and rumours about Harold both result in an extra special new playground.
A Surprise For Percy
Percy is lonely and bored working in the coalmines with only the trucks for company. Percy's wish for excitement and surprise soon comes true and the chase is on!
Duncan Gets Spooked
Duncan's driver plays a trick on him after he's been teasing Peter Sam and Duncan truly discovers the meaning of spooky happenings below the viaduct.
Gordon tells Thomas that only big engines like him can deal with snow. But when Gordon wheeshes in the tunnel it gives Thomas the last laugh.
Rusty and the Boulder
At the quary high in the mountains, a mysterious big boulder is shaken loose and chases the engines down the line!
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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. The first asks the viewer multiple-choice questions about the episode just shown, the second allows the viewer to click on different images and hear an appropriate sound and the third encourages children to count. The games look as though they were put together quickly in order to add some 'interactivity' to the DVD, and they are of limited interest compared to the stories. However they don't detract from the DVD as a whole.
The menu structures are sensible and intuitive, and offer the chance to play the stories one after the other - which is important given their short duration. And of course the quality of DVD pictures makes watching Thomas a pleasure.
All in all this is a superb DVD which will give young children hours of enjoyment. It is well worth five stars.
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"). Bill lands himself in a spot of heated jealousy when Ben is rewarded with a shiny new set of buffers. But what effect will this have on his work?
Gordon's fame is stolen in a puff of smoke, as an accident at the harbour results in Thomas becoming the fastest engine on the line...with the help of an airplane jet. But fame has it's down side...as Thomas soon finds out.
Duncan is fusy and wanted to get his work at the incline done as fast as he can. Rusty, Skarloey and Rheneas are not in the mood for his selfishness but Duncan simply won't listen. Maybe the trucks will show him how to really...take a dip!
Duncan returns once again, this time...without a whistle! And as we all know, an engine without a whistle is not safe at all. How will Duncan complete his days work? Why, with a Faulty Whistle of course!
Enjoy! This DVD is definetly worth the buy!
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