The last series, 13, we did find a little poor, still loved it, but poor. Am happy to say that this series, 14, of Thomas & Friends we really did enjoy. We are getting used to the CGI stuff and what makes it even better is we have 3 Christmas episodes in this series, no idea why we need 3 of them, but love it!
Episode 1 – Thomas' Tall Friend, 11 October 2010 Episode 2 – James in the Dark, 12 October 2010 Episode 3 – Pingy Pongy Pick Up, 13 October 2010 Episode 4 – Charlie and Eddie, 14 October 2010 Episode 5 – Toby and the Whistling Woods, 15 October 2010 Episode 6 – Henry's Health and Safety, 18 October 2010 Episode 7 – Diesel's Special Delivery, 19 October 2010 Episode 8 – Pop Goes Thomas, 20 October 2010 Episode 9 – Victor Says Yes, 21 October 2010 Episode 10 – Thomas in Charge, 22 October 2010 Episode 11 – Being Percy, 25 October 2010 Episode 12 – Merry Winter Wish, 26 October 2010 Episode 13 – Thomas and the Snowman Party, 27 October 2010 Episode 14 – Thomas' Crazy Day, 28 October 2010 Episode 15 – Jumping Jobi Wood!, 29 October 2010 Episode 16 – Thomas and Scruff, 1 November 2010 Episode 17 – O the Indignity, 2 November 2010 Episode 18 – Jitters and Japes, 3 November 2010 Episode 19 – Merry Misty Island, 4 November 2010 Episode 20 – Henry's Magic Box, 8 November 2010
Amazingly good value for money. The CGI animation is very good; the moving faces, and steam & smoke really add to the whole atmosphere and help to bring the engines and their stories to life. I know some readers and reviewers are nostalgic for the old presentation but I never saw those the first time around. Looking at them today I have to say the modern series are much more to my taste and what children would expect to see these days. My two year old loves Thoma toys but prefers to watch his Chuggington DVD's, perhaps because it is uber colourful, noisy and fast moving and the stories are short. He finds the Thomas stories not so attention grabbing. They are at a gentler pace and have more depth to the story telling by the narrator, which he can't appreciate yet. However, long term, this is something that he is going to grow into and enjoy more and more in the years to come. The stories themselves are good and often teach youngsters a lesson on why its best to "do the right thing". This DVD is Highly recommended, but perhaps best for slightly older children than mine.
I'm not much of a fan of Thomas & Friends between S13-16 due to its writing. But the animation is amazing to look at. The writing is filled with repetition, rhyming and alliteration but looking at Nitrogen's animation it saves the series from being bad with its attention to detail towards the characters and setting.