We were invited to see the new Thomas & Friends movie “Big World! Big Adventures!TM The Movie” at the Showcase de Luxe at Leeds and due to it falling on a “non Heidi” weekend, me, my new-ish girlfriend and her 2 year old boy all came along, to see a sneak preview.
The plot is relatively simple and given that this post is aimed at adults, I’m going to assume that you don’t mind reading about the plot!!
Thomas comes across a new character, called Ace, and his eyes are opened to the possibility of travelling the world. Along the way, he comes across friends and challenges to make the journey easier and harder in equal measures and Thomas has to work out for himself what is the right path to take.
Thomas takes in all 5 continents along the way, so there is some geographic education within the film, but the basis of the film is educating morals and the right way to behave.
The movie is 80 minutes long and that is more than long enough for the target market for the movie. After about 45 minutes, you could hear that some of the children were getting a bit restless but that is bound to happen. However, it appeared that virtually everyone made their way to the end of the movie, which is quite an achievement.
As with all trips to the cinema, it is always worth getting food and drinks to keep the little ones occupied and a teddy bear often works well, especially when it goes really dark.
The old favourites from the island of Sodor are in the movie at the beginning, including Annie and Clarabelle, James and Gordon. However, when Thomas makes his around the world adventure, a couple of new characters enter the world of Thomas. These are:
- Nia, who is a Kenyan female train, voiced by Yvonne Grundy. She is remarkably positive and thoughtful throughout.
- Ace, who is an Australian rally car, voiced by Peter Andre. He is quite a selfish character, who leads Thomas astray but he isn’t as brave as he thinks he is.
The Scary Bits
As the movie is aimed at the little ones (probably 8 year olds and under), there aren’t any very scary parts. There is a scene towards the end which might be considered frightening, when the trains are on a snowy mountain and might crash, but that is the only part really.
Also, there are no really loud parts of the movie either and so little ones who get scared of loud noises or music should be fine. Given this, I can imagine that the movie would suit children with autism, but I can’t speak from experience on that one.
Thomas & Friends’ “Big World! Big Adventures!TM The Movie” is certainly a child friendly movie that will entertain Thomas enthusiasts throughout. If a movie can keep a 2 year old entertained and still, then there must be something good about it and so it is well worth a trip out. At the time of writing, IMDb has the movie 6.7 out of 10, which feels a little mean to be honest, given that if you’re in the target market, you’ll enjoy it.
The release date is 20th July, and you can book your tickets now for your local Showcase Cinemas here.
Full Disclaimer: We were offered free entry for the purposes of this post, although no influence has been made to alter the content of the post.
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