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ThomastheTankEngine&Friends(Betamax)
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Thomas and the Trucks
Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories
Volume 1
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Britt Allcroft (SA)

Starring

Ringo Starr (UK/ROM/SA)
Povl Dissing (DNK)

Music by

Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell

Distributor

Guild Home Video (UK)

Released

April 1985 (UK)
25 February 2005 (DNK)
2000 (SA)

Runtime

72 mins
73 mins (SA)
60 mins (DNK)

Followed by

Further Adventures
of Thomas the Tank
Engine & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is a UK Betamax/VHS released in 1985 by Guild Home Video featuring the first thirteen first season episodes narrated by Ringo Starr. It was released under the title Thomas and the Trucks for Romanian audiences, Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories for Danish audiences, and Volume 1 (Thomas and Gordon) for South African audiences.

Description

UK

It's full steam ahead for Thomas, the little blue engine with the short stumpy funnel, short stumpy boiler and short stumpy dome and his special friends Gordon, Henry, James, Percy, Edward, Toby, Annie and Clarabel the carriages and of course their Boss, the Fat Controller. Now Thomas has a new friend - storyteller Ringo Starr, who says "Thomas is a smashing little engine - he's cheeky and has a mind of his own. Thomas is Number One and never lets anyone forget it!".

South Africa

Thomas, the little blue engine, is cheeky to Gordon once too often. So the big blue engine decides to give Thomas a lesson he won't forget.

Episodes

UK/ROM/SA

  1. Thomas and Gordon
  2. Edward and Gordon
  3. The Sad Story of Henry
  4. Edward, Gordon and Henry
  5. Thomas' Train
  6. Thomas and the Trucks
  7. Thomas and the Breakdown Train
  8. James and the Coaches
  9. Troublesome Trucks
  10. James and the Express
  11. Thomas and the Guard
  12. Thomas Goes Fishing
  13. Thomas, Terence and the Snow

Danish

  1. Thomas and Gordon
  2. Edward and Gordon
  3. Henry's Sad Story
  4. Edward, Gordon and Henry
  5. Thomas' Train
  6. Thomas and the Wagons
  7. Thomas and the Help Train
  8. James and the Passenger Coaches
  9. Cumbersome Cars
  10. James and the Express Train
  11. Thomas and the Guard
  12. Thomas on a Fishing Trip
  13. Thomas, Terence and the Snow

Trivia

  • This was the very first Thomas video ever released, and was reviewed on TV-AMs "Good Morning Britain" when first released.
  • The episodes in the Romanian release are restored.
  • The end credits of Thomas, Terence and the Snow feature a still image from Edward, Gordon and Henry, this was later repeated on Bumper Special.
  • The back cover features an image from Trouble in the Shed.
  • The Romanian DVD features an image from A Friend in Need, whilst the Danish DVD features an image from The Trouble with Mud.

Goofs

  • Some versions of the UK VHS feature a stereo audio glitch where the full mix is on the left channel and the dubbing track is on the right channel.
  • The South African back cover credits Michael Angelis as the narrator instead of Ringo Starr.

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