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2/20 - Doot! Dooot!!

Posted February 20th, 2015 at 11:51 AM by Cura

As a young kid at the age of 3, 4, and 5. I grew up watching some TV and played with my toys. At this time (and still to this day) I have been a lover of trains. Steam engines of yesterday, modern super trains of day, they all count. As for growing up, Thomas the Tank Engine was one of my all time favorites and still is to this day, just the audio cue of the famous intro had me glued to the couch as I watched this iconic TV series. Unlike today's GCI version of the series, the original TV airing featured a unique blend of both Lionel trains and claymation (for their faces).

If those who don't know what Thomas is (and if you don't, I am surprised); I'll gladly explain.
Thomas the Tank Engine is a series that covers the tales of Thomas, a blue and red striped 0-6-0 tank engine whom is regarded as a cheeky, and fussy little engine and his friends (Henry, Gordan, James, Edward, Percy, and Toby) as they travel and work on the fictional Isle of Sodor.

The Isle of Sodor Map
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The series itself all started back in the 1945 after the second world war as a series of books known as the 'The Railway Series' which featured an amazing 42 books total. The originals being written by renown Wilbert Vere Awdry. I have some of these books and its all a true nostalgia vibe. In 1984, the TV adaption of the books known as 'Thomas and Friends' started and this is a show I completely remember when I saw it in the 90s. In the US, it was narrated by George Carlin, but in the UK and in its originally airing, it was narrated by the famous Richard Starkey, or better known as Ringo Starr, the drummer of the Beatles.

Overall, the series is just a remembrance of a better era and time, a time where I felt safe and re-watching these episodes just made me good inside. So, as a kind gesture, I will share my top three favorite episodes from the original season. :3


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Fourth: A bonus because whatnot?

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    Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer's Avatar
    Yes, my Childhood to, but I had the UK Ringo one. I had (and still have the Hornby 1:76 00 gauge Model of Thomas, Percy, Anne and Clarabelle and a few Troublesome trucks (the trucks don't really look like the ones in the TV series though http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/9/0/6/0/3/3/webimg/410205227_tp.jpg so I can just about use them with my other model trains and it not look too silly).
    Have you seen the show tugs by the same studio as Thomas, I think I enjoyed that series more (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeBqjsM0yVA).
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 12:09 PM by Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer is offline
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    Oh, wow! I remember TUGS. I think it was on the same island as well, or a neighboring island, it seems when a studio makes shows, they all interconnect some way.
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 12:13 PM by Cura Cura is offline
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    Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer's Avatar
    Hmmm, am not sure, I think Tugs was set in a city called Bigg city which is a weird cross between New York and San Francisco if I remember rightly. http://biggcity.tripod.com/
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 12:25 PM by Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer is offline
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    Please forgive me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkQ-bUseXNY


    Also, "the" George Carlin narrated the show in the U.S.? Not sure if childhood enhanced or childhood ruined.
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 12:28 PM by Pinkie-Dawn Pinkie-Dawn is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer View Comment
    Hmmm, am not sure, I think Tugs was set in a city called Bigg city which is a weird cross between New York and San Francisco if I remember rightly. http://biggcity.tripod.com/
    Neither am I really, I'm just recalling that is how they used to do things in the 80s-90s with these types of shows.

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    Originally Posted by Pinkie-Dawn View Comment
    Please forgive me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkQ-bUseXNY
    Also, "the" George Carlin narrated the show in the U.S.? Not sure if childhood enhanced or childhood ruined.
    That video.... and yes, George Carlin narrated the US variant of the show. Why would that be childhood ruined, he did an amazing job in my opinion and its sad that he is gone now, but he lived a full life.
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 12:43 PM by Cura Cura is offline
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    Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer's Avatar
    Ahh yes. It was quite common in the 80/90s
    I think the Carlin dub is better than the ringo one as Carlin shows more enthusiasm in his narration.
    Also I found this documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-GDjKoq5Fs my parents taped it when it was on originally and I used to watch it again and again and again lol.
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 1:04 PM by Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer is offline
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    Ahh yes. It was quite common in the 80/90s
    I think the Carlin dub is better than the ringo one as Carlin shows more enthusiasm in his narration.
    Also I found this documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-GDjKoq5Fs my parents taped it when it was on originally and I used to watch it again and again and again lol.
    Oh, that is nice. I am going to watch that documentary as well now. xD
    I don't know what it is, but this show just sings to me. Odd, I know.
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 1:08 PM by Cura Cura is offline
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    XD am watching it now as well, Ive been trying to remember for ages where Id first heard the coronation Scott (the music that plays early in the documentary). Now I know it was this show lol
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 1:17 PM by Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer is offline
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    XD am watching it now as well, Ive been trying to remember for ages where Id first heard the coronation Scott (the music that plays early in the documentary). Now I know it was this show lol
    Yup, its a wild experience when you see something again in what feels like forever.
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 1:33 PM by Cura Cura is offline
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    Yup, its a wild experience when you see something again in what feels like forever.
    Gosh I know, Nostalgia Happiness XD
    Posted February 20th, 2015 at 2:38 PM by Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer Gardevoir the Dragon Slayer is offline