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— The engines and Cranky

Cranky Bugs is the first episode of the fifth season It aired on Storytime with Thomas in the US.


Thomas and Percy enjoy working at the docks, but one day, they find themselves delayed when a new crane named Cranky pushes his weight around and messes up their work. Thomas and Percy tell James and Gordon about Cranky. Gordon believes that cranes need a lot of attention like him, and James tells Thomas and Percy that they should see the situation from Cranky's point of view, high up in the air, coping with wind, rain, and baking sun, looking down on the two engines being annoying.

Matters are made even worse when Cranky finds out Gordon and James agree with his ways, causing him to be more bossy. He tells Percy to shunt some trucks closer to him. Percy is too upset to concentrate and he pushes the trucks too far, leading Cranky to drop a crate on Percy's funnel and boiler. Cranky then plays a trick on Thomas by telling him to shunt his flatbeds to the outside line, so that it's easy for Cranky to load up. Thomas does so, but Cranky leaves the loads beside the trucks, rather than in them. The Fat Controller believes Thomas and Percy are responsible for the confusion and delay and is most upset. He sends the two engines to the sheds to consider how they will improve themselves tomorrow.

That night, a raging storm rages across Sodor. Henry, Gordon, James, and Duck are stuck in the harbour shed. Duck is sure that they will be safe, but a tramp steamer loses control and crashes into the quayside and destroys the shed, causing Cranky to accidentally land on his side. When the storm is over, The Fat Controller tells Cranky that Thomas and Percy are coming to help him so that he can help the other engines. Cranky tells The Fat Controller to say sorry that he was rude to them, and The Fat Controller then realises that he owes the two engines an apology. Thomas and Percy come to the rescue, and it's not long before Cranky is upright again, and releasing the engines from what remains of the shed. Cranky then mistakenly calls his rescuers "mites." Percy, offended that Cranky is still insulting them, starts to puff away not realising, despite Thomas' warning that he is still attached to Cranky, and pulls him down again.

Cranky still looks down on Thomas and Percy, but ever since the stormy night, he never causes trouble for them again.




  • Stock footage from Henry's Forest is used.
  • Big Mickey, S.S. Vienna and Izzy Gomez from TUGS can be seen.
  • This is the first episode of a few things:
    • The first episode narrated by Alec Baldwin in the US, Tommy Kenter in Denmark and Gro Solemdal in Norway.
    • Butch and Cranky's first appearances in the series.
    • This was David Maidment's first episode as the railway consultant.
    • The first episode Takeshi Aono voices Sir Topham Hatt in the Japanese narration.
  • In the first shot of Brendam, there is a truck that has "N.E." written on it. It has the number eight on it as well.
  • The barrel the Fat Controller stands on near the end of the episode is the "Best Quality Diesel Oil" barrel from Bowled Out.
  • Concept art shows that Edward was originally going to be in the episode during the tramp steamer scene, but Duck took over Edward's role.
  • Despite his appearances in the episode, Henry does not appear in the nameboard sequence at the end of the episode in the Japanese dub.


  • In one of the close-ups of Thomas and Percy looking at Cranky, Thomas' buffers are misplaced.
  • When Cranky complains about the load and the engines, Thomas and Percy both have flatbeds in front of them. But when Cranky bangs the load down and the camera turns to Thomas and Percy, the flatbeds are not coupled to them.
  • When Gordon says "Cranes are airy fairy things...", one of his buffers is bent.
  • In the UK version, Duck is mistakenly referred to as a big engine.
  • Percy and Thomas somehow move Cranky from one side of the shed to the other.
  • In some close-ups of Cranky, eye mechanism is visible through his windows.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Thomas and Percy's trains.
  • When Gordon says "Thank you. What would I have done without you." His lamp isn't attached to the lamp iron.


  • Cranky: You're useless little bugs! If you put these trucks on the inside lines, then I wouldn't have so far to travel!
  • Thomas: Rubbish! We always arrange our trucks like this, and no crane has ever complained before! (US: Rubbish! No crane has ever complained before!)
  • Cranky: Well, I'm complaining now.
  • [he drops his load on the ground]


  • [after Cranky has saved the engines in the shed]
  • Gordon: Oh, thank you! What would I have done without you?
  • Cranky: Well, I had to be rescued before I could help you, but I never thought it would be a couple of b-b- "Small engines". Thank you, I'll never be rude again. However, you two mites are in my way, so move over!
  • Percy: Pah! He's back to bugging us! [lurches backward]
  • Thomas: Don't move! You're still attached to Cranky!
  • Narrator: But it was too late.
  • [Cranky falls again]

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Kranige Vlooien Cranky's Fleas
German Unnütze Käfer? Unnecessary Beetles?
Spanish El Rescate de Cranky Cranky's Rescue
Brazilian Portuguese O Resgatar do Cranky Cranky's Rescue
French Le Porter Secours Cranky Cranky's Rescue
Danish En Krævende Kran A Demanding Crane
Norwegian Sinte Cranky Angry Cranky
Swedish Sömnlösa Gnällis Sleepless Cranky
Italian Cranky la Gru Cranky the Crane
Catalan Desagradable Cranky Obnoxious Cranky
Hungarian Cranky-t Megleckéztetik Cranky is Stick Brought
Romanian Gândacii lui Cranky Cranky's Beetles
Welsh Chwain Fleas
Flemish Kranige de Crane Cranky the Crane
Polish Robaczki Karolka Bugs Cranky
Czech Crankyho Hmyz Cranky's Bug
Slovak Mrzutý Bugs Annoying Bugs
Slovenian Živko in Žužka Cranky and Weevils
Japanese クレーンのクランキー Cranky the Crane
Chinese 克兰奇及小鬼 Cranky and Imp
Russian Недовольные жуки Dissatisfied Beetles
Greek Ο νευρικός γερανός The Nervous Crane
Korean 거만한 크랭키 Proud Cranky
Thai แคร้งกี้เจ้าเครนเกเร The Crane's Unruly Scabbards

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs

  • Classic Collection
  • The Best of Friends
  • The Fogman and Other Stories and The Very Best of Thomas and Friends Double Pack


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets

  • 60th Anniversary - Limited Edition Boxset
  • Classic Collection
  • Series Five and Series Six Double Pack