My son (almost 3) watched this for the first time this week. It was an instant hit, and he watched it 3 times in quick succession! Although it is quite long for a small child, it kept his attention throughout, and he followed the story perfectly well. The variety of adding in computer graphics to get the child involved with 'helping' to make choices for the engines really adds interest and helps make the little ones feel involved.
He insisted on getting out all his wooden Thomas trains to act out the scenes, and after just one day was quoting the dialogue from the film!
This was our first DVD from the newer Thomas animation. (We have the first three of the classic series so far, which use models rather than computer animation.) I was worried that the narration may be American, but was pleasantly surprised to hear an English voice. It hs been such a hit with the little man, we'll certainly be buying more.