'Hi, Thomas! I'm Fred, and I came from the United States.
And, I'm Ted.
Hi! Welcome to Sodor!'
~ Fred, Ted, and Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine and the Journey to England is a British/American/Canadian Thomas & Friends/Fred and Ted/Terrytoons crossover special combining live-action (Facilitate/Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends/Silent films/Stock libraries footages), and animation (Fred and Ted/Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends/Terrytoons/Theatrical animated cartoon short film series from The Golden age of American animation footages/2D computer graphics added for silent films/stock libraries footages for some scenes in the songs) including traditional, 2D hand-drawn cel animation (Fred and Ted/Terrytoons/Theatrical animated cartoon short film series from The Golden age of American animation footages), and 3D stop-motion model animation/live-action model animation (Original Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends footage). It aired in April 1995 exclusively in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. On Fox Kids Network, the Woody Woodpecker short was shown before the special.

Plot

Woody Woodpecker short

Woody Woodpecker, and his nephew, Knothead, his niece, Splinter, and his horse, and best friend, Sugarfoot line up to watch Thomas the Tank Engine and the Journey to England, but Buzz Buzzard cut in line and invite Wally Walrus to block his view. Woody imagines himself into a conductor to stop Wally, and Buzz.

Thomas and the Journey to England

Two children's storybook characters from the United States, Fred and Ted, travel to the United Kingdom.

First day

During their visit, they stop on Sodor to meet Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt, and the other engines.

Second day

During the second half of the program, they visit real railways as recommended by Sir Topham Hatt and learn how steam locomotives work.

Production

According to producers Haim Saban, Shuki Levy, Micheline Charest, Ronald A. Weinberg, and Andy Heyward, in 1995, CINAR, Saban Entertainment, and DIC Entertainment submitted the plan of this special to the Britt Allcroft Company. Later, Britt Allcroft requested to submit the storyboard, and Tony Eastman completed and submitted it overnight. In the winter, the special was traditionally animated in the UK with the animation cooperation of CINAR Animation, a CINAR company, and DIC Entertainment Europe, a DIC Entertinment company, and the cooperation of Southwest Airlines, the British Tourist Authority, and Kensington, Inc. Also, the scenes of Thomas and his friends interacting with Fred, and Ted were filmed at Shepperton Studios for this special during the production of the third series with the filming cooperation of The Britt Allcroft Company.

The special was broadcast in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada on 3 and 4 April 1995, the year after the fourth series broadcast.

Characters

Locations

  • Tidmouth Sheds
  • Shepperton Studios
  • Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower Bridge
  • Great Western Railway Template:Mentioned

Cartoons

First day

  1. Swamp Water Taffy (1970)
  2. The Proton Pulsator (1970)
  3. Slinky Minky (1970)
  4. Oscar's Birthday Present (1971)
  5. Berry Funny (1971)

Second day

  1. Oscar's Thinking Cap (1971)
  2. Big Mo (1971)
  3. No Space Like Home (1971)
  4. Kooky Cucumbers (1971)

Songs

Cast

in credits order

  • Joshua Seth as Thomas
  • Phil Lollar as Gordon
  • Brianne Siddall as Percy
  • Mike Reynolds as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Wally Wingert as Fred
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Ted
  • Sandy Duncan as Facilitate

Rest of cat listed alphabetically

  • Billy West as Woody Woodpecker
  • E. G. Daily as Knothead
  • Tara Strong as Splinter
  • Mark Hamill as Buzz Buzzard
  • Tom Kenny ad Wally Walrus

Trivia

  • This was the first mark of several things:
    • Oliver, Mavis and Bulgy's nameboards first appeared.
  • There are four instances of songs by The Beatles being played (of which Ringo Starr was the drummer) and one instance of a song that was covered by Marmalade (of which Junior Campbell was part):
    • "Magical Mystery Tour" can be heard during the intro.
    • An instrumental version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is used when the theatrical animated cartoon short film series during the Golden age of American animation is being introduced.
    • An instrumental version of "The Fool on the Hill" is used when Tidmouth Sheds first appears.
    • "When I'm Sixty-Four" plays during the end credits.
  • Thomas' Anthem is played in English, thus being the first time a Thomas song is broadcast in English in the UK, the USA, and Canada.
  • The special include a segment called Sing-A-Long Song Time image songs in the UK, the USA, and Canada, introduced by Sandy Duncan. These consist of acquired songs, which relate the moral of the special. The songs are set to an arrangement of footage, mainly from stock libraries, and silent films, & specially added cutout animation, 2D computer graphics, and animation for some scenes in the songs.

Goofs

  • When Thomas is talking to Fred and Ted, a wire is hanging from underneath Thomas' running board.
  • Henry's firebox is crooked.
  • When James and Henry puff out of the shed, they are going slowly, but the sound of them puffing is fast.

References

See also

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