History Literature / TheLittleEngineThatCould

9th Aug '17 6:32:06 PM Kinola
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* TrueBlueFemininty: The titular little engine is often stated to be female, especially in the two film adaptations.

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* TrueBlueFemininty: TrueBlueFemininity: The titular little engine is often stated to be female, especially in the two film adaptations.
9th Aug '17 6:29:02 PM Kinola
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* TrueBlueFeminity: The titular little engine is often stated to be female, especially in the two film adaptations.

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* TrueBlueFeminity: TrueBlueFemininty: The titular little engine is often stated to be female, especially in the two film adaptations.
9th Aug '17 6:28:28 PM Kinola
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* TrueBlueFeminity: The titular little engine is often stated to be female, especially in the two film adaptations.
6th Aug '17 9:47:09 PM ghidorah15
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In the 1941 Disney movie ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', the work train taking the circus animals to their destination pulls its cargo up a hill repeating the well known saying, "I-Think-I-Can-I-Think-I-Can," and rolls down the hill saying, "I-Thought-I-Could-I-Thought-I-Could"

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In the 1941 Disney movie ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', Casey Jr., the work train taking the circus animals to their destination destination, pulls its his cargo up a hill repeating the well known saying, "I-Think-I-Can-I-Think-I-Can," and rolls down the hill saying, "I-Thought-I-Could-I-Thought-I-Could"
"I-Thought-I-Could-I-Thought-I-Could."
3rd Aug '17 12:48:37 AM Shadao
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18th Jul '17 7:21:33 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* SkewedPriorities: The Tower doesn't seem concerned enough about the broken down birthday train to send his only available engine to do the job, all because he refuses to believe an engine as small as Tillie could handle such a task.
18th Jul '17 9:28:32 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* BadBoss: While he runs the train yard with (ruthless) efficiency, Tower's constant verbal abuse to Tillie firmly cements him as this.
18th Jul '17 9:23:42 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* CoolOldGuy: Jebediah, who would've been more than happy to pull the birthday train if not for his advanced age. Also, like Doc and Georgia, he does not look down on Tillie's size.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Tillie is constantly shunned by the larger engines, and is essentially treated like a pile of scrap by the Tower. It doesn't get any easier when she finally hooks up with the birthday train, and must brave the deadly mountaintop despite everyone saying she didn't stand a chance up there. Simply put, Tillie is put through five levels of ''Hell'' just to prove her worth as an engine.



* SmallNameBigEgo: Farnsworth and Pete, who are much too proud of their respective occupations as passenger and freight trains to even consider pulling the birthday train.




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* TeamMom: Georgia, who does not look down on Tillie for her size. That said, it's pretty sad to see her sidelined when she suffers a breakdown halfway through her journey.
2nd Apr '17 4:43:31 PM dpisel01
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* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Several characters. Georgia has a Dixie accent, fitting well with her name. Pete has a thick Brooklyn accent, and the Tower has one, too, but it's much less noticeable. Farnsworth has a 1940s Transatlantic accent. Jebediah has a Southern accent (though his is different from the one Georgia has).



* MeaningfulName: ''Grump''ella the Bonneted Bird is a total grump.

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* MeaningfulName: ''Grump''ella the Bonneted Bird is a total grump. ''Georgia'', one of the engines, has a Dixie accent.


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* OhCrap: Tillie and the rest of the birthday train when a boulder destroys the bridge right out from under them and they almost go plummeting backwards over the cliff.
9th Feb '17 10:43:45 AM Hedging
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* RecycledinSpace: The story is basically the parable of ''The Good Samaritan'' with anthropomorphic train engines.
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