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Thomas and Friends
US Premiere: 1984

Animation Studio: Arc Productions

Popularity: 96th All Time, 86th This Week

Franchise: Thomas the Tank Engine
Characters on BTVA: 82
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Coolpika1
said at 4:45 PM on Sat Jan 28 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
You know whats weird, the faces in the animated version is way creeper than the model ones have ever been
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:02 PM on Sat Dec 3 2016
So...they dubbed different versions for different *accents*? Why exactly was that done? Isn't language enough?
whyofbladez
said at 12:30 AM on Sun Jan 8 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Two English versions - One for the UK, another for the US. It's done all the time ("Further Adventures of SuperTed", "Mr. Men Show", "Bob the Builder", too many to list). A waste of money to dub it into a language that it's already in, pretty much.

With Thomas in particular though; Railway terminology is different enough in the UK and US.

Guard (UK) = Conductor (US)
Trucks (UK) = Freight Cars (US)
Brakevan (UK) = Caboose (US)
Lorry (UK) = Truck (US)

Though the most prominent reason was just to wussify/politically correct it for American children... For instance just referring to The Fat Controller by his actual name, Sir Topham Hatt, rather than his nickname. And toning down the perceived harshness of the UK dialogue.

Good Example
From "The Sad Story of Henry" (UK) / "Come Out Henry!" (US)

UK Dialogue
"Eventually, even the Fat Controller gave up."
"We shall take away your rails" he said, "and leave you here for always, and always, and always."
"They took up the old rails and built a wall in front of him so that Henry couldn't get out of the tunnel anymore."

(slightly later, ending dialogue)
"Poor Henry had no steam to answer, his fire had went out. Soot and dirt from the tunnel had spoilt his lovely green paint and red stripes anyway. He wondered if he would ever be allowed to pull trains again. But I think he deserved his punishment, don't you?"

US Dialogue
"Eventually, even Sir Topham Hatt gave up."
"We shall take away your rails" he said, "and leave you here until you're ready to come out of the tunnel."
"They took up the old rails and built a wall in front of Henry so that other engines wouldn't bump into him."

(slightly later, ending dialogue)
"Poor Henry had no steam to answer, his fire had went out. Soot and dirt from the tunnel had spoilt his lovely green paint and red stripes anyway. How long do you think Henry will stay in the tunnel, before he overcomes his fear of the rain, and then decides to journey out again?"

Starting off, they had Ringo Starr come back and renarrate certain parts of the episodes he already narrated in the UK for the US (for 41 out of 52 ones he originally did anyhow). After he left, the US got George Carlin as narrator for Seasons 3-4 and re-narrating 1-2 while the UK got Michael Angelis. While the UK narrator stayed consistent for over 20 years, we constantly switched. After George left, Alec Baldwin came in and narrated Seasons 5-6 and Michael Brandon 7-16, until Mark Moraghan replaced both Michaels for both UK and US.
SF64Rules
said at 3:48 PM on Sat May 21 2016
I love the CGI era! ...well, not Season 13-16, but 17-present has officially renewed my interest in the show after the large downfall that was Season 8-16.

Out of all the voice cast, Jules de Jongh is my favorite of the bunch! ...it's just so sad that she doesn't voice nearly as much female characters anymore like she used to.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 6:45 PM on Tue Oct 14 2014
The CGI version is not bad, but I alway's loved the old version better. The Model Railway version of the series was my favorite, because in that version, all the engines looked so real and they would just have moving eyes, and clay faces that the producers would swap out there faces during production and change there faces to happy, sad or angry in the next scene. The Model version was better.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 3:10 PM on Fri Jul 25 2014
It's sad that Martin Sherman is not going to voice Thomas anymore after Season 18.... =(
CuriousUserX90
said at 1:03 AM on Tue Aug 19 2014
@Anthonyiscool64 The Man Behind the Voice of the Title character Retiring. I sure hope whoever takes over (either an Existing Cast Member of Someone new to the Cast) will voice all of Sherman's characters. In fact, I think Season 18 will be the last of the CGI Series, before a Series Change again.

Sherman gave the Perfect Fitting Voice for his Characters. He even booked for doing Henry, but didn't manage to get it.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 8:42 AM on Fri Aug 22 2014
@CuriousUserX90 Right your are. I always loved the way how Sherman voiced Thomas. He makes him sound like a cool and young teenager.
CuriousUserX90
said at 7:43 AM on Sat Aug 23 2014
@Anthonyiscool64 Hope that whoever takes over Sherman (probably an Existing Cast Member like William Hope or Someone new hired, like a Good Friend or Relative to Sherman) voices all the Characters he did, maybe even do a Voice where we could hardly tell that they've been recasted. But still, sorry it's had to come to the Man Behind the Title Character.
CuriousUserX90
said at 6:30 AM on Sun Nov 30 2014
@Anthonyiscool64 Same thing is happening with Ben Small.
BlankSlate
said at 2:01 PM on Wed Dec 3 2014
@CuriousUserX90 Blame the minimum wage he received during his work.
CuriousUserX90
said at 2:51 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
There's quite a number of these Voice actor's that've done only work for this, nothing else listed on their pages.
Dogman15
said at 7:00 PM on Sun May 18 2014
My favorite narrator is George Carlin. He did all of the character voices when I watched this show as a kid.
Axem Red
said at 6:00 PM on Mon Jun 30 2014
@Dogman15 I liked Alec Baldwin the best, because he actually gave the trains different voices. I feel like Ringo and George used the same voice for everyone.
BlankSlate
said at 12:10 PM on Wed Apr 16 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
I see a few Dragon Ball seiyuu in the Japanese voice cast.
firefly1
said at 7:24 AM on Wed Dec 4 2013
I say my favourite narrator is Michael Angelis since he narratted the longest. and my favourite engine is Duck and also i like trains too!
Anthonyiscool64
said at 6:19 PM on Tue Jan 22 2013
I also remembered back when I was little. The show used to be filmed on a model railway from 1984 to 2008 until the show switch over into CGI animation.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 3:39 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
My favorite narrator will alway's be George Carlin. Because when he narrated the show he does awesome voices. My second favorite is Ringo Starr, third favorite is Michael Brandon and least favorite is Alec Baldwin. All the narrators are great, but George Carlin will alway's be my number 1! ;)
Fortenium
said at 7:47 PM on Wed Mar 12 2014
@Anthonyiscool64 I agree completely. He was great, in this and in his comedy routines.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 10:57 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
My number 1 favorite t.v. show as a child. And I still enjoy this show today! ;)

I love trains!
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