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Infamy, infamy, they've all got it.... - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
I have a variable-sword. I urge calm.
Infamy, infamy, they've all got it....
'Thomas and the Magic Railroad' is an offence against decency. Number one contender for Worst Film of All Time and on the verge of being an Act of War by the USA against the UK and the Isle of Man. Behead those who insult our railway!
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rhionnach From: rhionnach Date: December 29th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I happened to see bits of thatas I was going in and out of the room. I was well confused. I thought it was Thomas the Tank Engine, then Alec Baldwin popped up and then other things happened. How odd!
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: December 29th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have my pitchfork ready!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: December 30th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
And your burning torches?
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: December 30th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
gillo From: gillo Date: December 29th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have never watched this film. This is not sheer chance, this is a Moral Position. Even reading about it is enough to make any right-thinking Brit want to repeal the peace treaty of 1783.

Ready to sharpen the axe any time you track down a perpetrator.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: December 30th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Surely the Treaty of Ghent, 24th December 1814, ending the War of 1812, rather than the treaty of 1783?
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: December 31st, 2008 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
If you come back, would you mind terribly burning Washington again? :-)
cat63 From: cat63 Date: December 29th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I noticed this was on this morning and the review in the Radio times was somewhat scathing. From the sound of it we did well to avoid it.
elsaf From: elsaf Date: December 29th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, I'm confused. We're talking about a film targeted at 3-6-year-olds, based on a very cheezy, but beloved-to-toddlers TV show. I haven't seen it, but how could this be so offensive?

(And why now? This came out eight years ago!)
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: December 29th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was on TV this morning, and I put up with about ten minutes of it, out of curiousity. S2C was in the room at the time.

Much of it was filmed here - hence the weird effect of an American train driver driving an obviously American train across a probably American landscape, and then walking into a station waiting room which is actually the Barn Restaurant in St Johns Isle of Man, where a couple of local ladies that I recognised are sitting knitting, and the ancient seat of Manx government can be seen outside the door...

When there was word that a film of Thomas the Tank Engine was to be made here, on the island, it seemed very suitable as the actual island of Sodor in the Rev Audry's stories was meant to be very like the Isle of Man - its name of Sodor is from the title of our Bishopric - 'Sodor and Man'.

But when it was rumoured that it would be called Thomas and the Magic Railroad both local people and, doubtless, fans of the Rev Audrey's books, began to worry. When we realised the film would mostly feature people with American accents it struck us as very worrying.

It is as if you were to shoot a film of Sesame Street, only featuring a cast of Cockneys, where the street had no link to the outside world, except a magic connection to a small village in Cornwall - in effect bearing little relationship to a well-loved original.

Now imagine that they shot this version of Sesame Street, featuring Cockneys and Cornwall, in New York...

evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: December 30th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
It is as if you were to shoot a film of Sesame Street, only featuring a cast of Cockneys

As long as they don't use cutesy, cloying Sesame Street voice-speak, I'm okay with it! Especially if they say "bollocks".
julia_here From: julia_here Date: December 29th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed: The Nephew watched it all too frequently when he was three and I had him at my house all summer. Luckily my kids were a bit old to catch anything but the Ringo bits of the TV series, and perhaps the first year of George Carlin.

Julia, all three of the younger proximate boys are steam-train mad, though
weird_cowgirl From: weird_cowgirl Date: December 29th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even as a small child I knew that Carlin as Mr. Conductor was cause for cognitive dissonance.

(Extra points for spelling cognitive dissonance correctly the first time!)
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: December 29th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bwa-huh? Not clue what you're talking about, but I know the feeling well!
weird_cowgirl From: weird_cowgirl Date: December 29th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I felt it was an act of war against not just the UK and the Isle of Man but all babysitters everywhere, especially those who LIKED good Thomas stories.

But I say that as someone who once met Thomas the Tank Engine at a public television station.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: December 30th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Umm, are we discussing Thomas the Tank Engine? Because, coincidentally, I was just thinking last night, as I stood in our "local" Nob Hill Supermarket and asked out loud and loudly, about the title of one of the DVDs that Thomas has put out. I kept thinking it was "Thomas the Tank Engine: James Gets Spanked", but slightly less, well, slashy. But thoughts of train spanking filled my brain and I finally had to go home, sans the Italian roast coffee I had actually gone there looking for and rather frightening images of train naughtiness filling my head, without ever having remembered the real name of the story.

Also, I think we've still got a war or two against Canada we're still stupidly hankering for before we take on the Isle of Man. My bet is that you and your railway are safe for now.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: December 31st, 2008 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)

*Note to self: Do not watch "Thomas and the Magic Railroad". If forced to, gouge my eyes out.*
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