“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Animation / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Greg Tiernan / Actors: Michael Angelis, Ben Small, Teresa Gallagher, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson ... / DVD released 2009-10-12 at HiT Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Little Man is a Thomas the Tank Engine fanatic at the moment and despite me and his Dad favouring the classic series' he is a big fan of the newer animated series where the characters all have their own voices. This only started in 2010 so there is not that many episodes of 'talking Thomas' as little man calls it, and having pretty much exhausted them all, I decided to get him a few of the Thomas films that have been released.
Hero of the Rails was the first Thomas feature length film I purchased, and I chose this one because it contains the Go Go Thomas song which is often featured in the interval of the TV show which little man loved to sing along to. I purchased the DVD from ASDA for £3 which I thought was a very good price. I had no idea what Hero of the Rails was about when I bought the DVD, although I did know there was a train called Hiro, and he is featured on the front cover so I guessed he was involved somewhere.
While racing speedy Spencer around the island Thomas discovers Hiro, a broken down old engine who had been abandoned. Fearing that Hiro will be sent to the smelters yard for not being really useful, Thomas and his friends race against time to get Hiro fixed before Spencer finds him and exposes them to the Fat Controller.
I actually really enjoyed this DVD, and although we now have a few Thomas DVDs , this is definitely Little Man's favourite too. The story is really sweet with all the engines pulling together for Hiro, who is a charming softly spoken wise engine. You also get to see a lot of the steam works, which is run by the ever helpful Victor and his clumsy little yellow crane, Kevin. Little Man absolutely loves Kevin and mimics his catchphrase 'Sorry Boss, just a slip of the hook!' whenever he drops anything. All the series regulars are featured in the film too, including Percy, James, Gordon, Edward and Emily. I also like that Hero of the Rails is narated by Michael Angelis, who narates the television series, as I have been put of a couple of the DVD's as they have guest narators - I think Pierce Brosnan was one of them, which just seems weird to me!
There are a couple of special features on the DVD. One is a feature about passengers who use the railways which didn't hold Little Man's attention at all. There is also a quiz which asks questions related to the film which we enjoyed, but there are only 5 questions so once you have done it once there is no need to do it again! The best special feature is the music video for the Go Go Thomas song, with the words underneath so you can sing along.
The film is just under an hour long so is not too long for a toddler, and we probably watch this a couple of times a week. Unlike some of his DVDs, it is not one that I groan about when he asks for it, and we have owned it for a while now. I would definitely recommend this DVD for any Thomas fans, especially as the longer run time allows me to get on with a few more jobs while he watches this.
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