History Series / ShiningTimeStation

29th Apr '17 10:21:36 AM nombretomado
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The children would often be told stories of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' by the magical Mr. Conductor, a strange six-inch tall man who secretly lived at the station. These stories would occasionally have elements that paralleled events at the station. One of the series' main purposes was to introduce the ''Thomas'' brand to America, which it succeeded at doing.

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The children would often be told stories of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' by the magical Mr. Conductor, a strange six-inch tall man who secretly lived at the station. These stories would occasionally have elements that paralleled events at the station. One of the series' main purposes was to introduce the ''Thomas'' brand to America, which it succeeded at doing.



* FramingDevice: Mr. Conductor's stories of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', which were episodes of the television series.

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* FramingDevice: Mr. Conductor's stories of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', which were episodes of the television series.
9th Apr '17 4:42:25 AM tropower
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* OncePerEpisode: The Thomas stories, the musical number from the jukebox, the music video from the picture machine (although this only appears in maybe half of the episodes).

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* OncePerEpisode: The Thomas stories, the musical number from the jukebox, the music video from the picture machine (although this only appears in maybe half of the episodes).episodes[[note]]And even then, some of them come from a tunnel in the mural called the "Anything Tunnel".[[/note]]).



* StockFootage: Except for using original songs, many of the picture machine's music videos are remarkably similar in style to modern-day [=AMVs=]..
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The second season replaced half the cast with different characters in essentially the same role: Matt and Tanya were displaced by Dan, Kara and Becky; Harry was replaced with Billy Twofeathers; and Mr. Conductor was replaced with... a different Mr. Conductor. The in-universe reasons for all of this are laid out at the beginning of the second season's first episode.

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* StockFootage: Except for using original songs, many of the picture machine's music videos are remarkably similar in style to modern-day [=AMVs=]..
[=AMVs=].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The second season replaced half the cast with different characters in essentially the same role: Matt and Tanya were displaced by Dan, Kara and Becky; Harry was replaced with Billy Twofeathers; and Mr. Conductor was replaced with... a different Mr. Conductor. [[note]]Or maybe not; you can never tell with this show...or even the movie where Creator/AlecBaldwin plays Mr. Conductor.[[/note]] The in-universe reasons for all of this are laid out at the beginning of the second season's first episode.



* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Heck Is Shining Time Station?]]: We never got a clear answer to that- there ''was'' a real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Valley_Railroad Indian Valley Railroad in California]], but it was long gone by the time the series was on the air. Many businesses in the Philadelphia suburbs are named "Indian Valley (x)", but they don't really have any rail service to speak of. ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' just muddles things further, what with the connection to the Isle of Sodor via Muffle Mountain....



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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Heck Is Shining Time Station?]]: We never got a clear answer to that- there ''was'' a real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Valley_Railroad Indian Valley Railroad in California]], but it was long gone by the time the series was on the air. Many businesses in the Philadelphia suburbs are named "Indian Valley (x)", but they don't really have any rail service to speak of. ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' just muddles things further, what with the connection to the Isle Island of Sodor via Muffle Mountain....


7th Mar '17 7:24:55 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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* MindControlEyes: When Becky, Dan, and Kara, watched too much TV in ''Mr. Conductor Gets Left Out.''
11th Nov '16 4:21:28 PM Berrenta
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* GirlsNeedRoleModels: An odd inversion - according to producer Rick Sigglekow, they introduced series regular Billy Twofeathers because they felt that ''boys'' needed role models.
-->He played the straight man to balance the antics between Schemer and Stacy. We also thought that he was a good role model for boys, who really donít see that many grounded men on television. So many men on kids TV are buffoons or bad guys, although I think thatís changing.
19th Oct '16 8:34:03 PM ProfessorGrimm
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Follow the rainbow, son\\

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Follow the rainbow, son\\Rainbow Sun\\
29th Mar '16 4:34:07 AM BNSF1995
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The children would often be told stories of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' by the magical Mr. Conductor, a strange six-inch tall man who secretly lived at the station. These stories would occasionally have elements that paralleled events at the station.

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The children would often be told stories of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' by the magical Mr. Conductor, a strange six-inch tall man who secretly lived at the station. These stories would occasionally have elements that paralleled events at the station.
station. One of the series' main purposes was to introduce the ''Thomas'' brand to America, which it succeeded at doing.
26th Feb '16 11:04:57 AM themisterfree
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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringefield Where The Heck Is Shining Time Station?]]: We never got a clear answer to that- there ''was'' a real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Valley_Railroad Indian Valley Railroad in California]], but it was long gone by the time the series was on the air. Many businesses in the Philadelphia suburbs are named "Indian Valley (x)", but they don't really have any rail service to speak of. ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' just muddles things further, what with the connection to the Isle of Sodor via Muffle Mountain....



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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringefield [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Heck Is Shining Time Station?]]: We never got a clear answer to that- there ''was'' a real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Valley_Railroad Indian Valley Railroad in California]], but it was long gone by the time the series was on the air. Many businesses in the Philadelphia suburbs are named "Indian Valley (x)", but they don't really have any rail service to speak of. ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' just muddles things further, what with the connection to the Isle of Sodor via Muffle Mountain....


26th Feb '16 11:04:45 AM themisterfree
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\n\n* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringefield Where The Heck Is Shining Time Station?]]: We never got a clear answer to that- there ''was'' a real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Valley_Railroad Indian Valley Railroad in California]], but it was long gone by the time the series was on the air. Many businesses in the Philadelphia suburbs are named "Indian Valley (x)", but they don't really have any rail service to speak of. ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' just muddles things further, what with the connection to the Isle of Sodor via Muffle Mountain....


29th Jan '16 6:21:17 AM pgj1997
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** Schemer came awfully close in one episode to subverting the trope where J.B. King was trying to get Schemer to sign a new lease for the arcade. Schemer is extremely rude to King due to an earlier misunderstanding, to the point where King leaves mad and threatens to evict Schemer. It's only after an "Oh Crap!" realization and some begging/pleading that Schemer is able to sign the lease and stay at Shining Time Station.

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** Schemer came awfully close in one episode to subverting the trope where J.B. King was trying to get Schemer to sign a new lease for the arcade. Schemer is extremely rude to King due to an earlier misunderstanding, to the point where King leaves mad and threatens to evict Schemer. It's only after an "Oh Crap!" "OhCrap" realization and some begging/pleading that Schemer is able to sign the lease and stay at Shining Time Station.
8th Dec '15 7:33:17 AM Jeduthun
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The show, though geared at children, also appealed to adults, and generated a few "family specials". It also spawned the movie ''Film/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad''.

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The show, though geared at children, also appealed to adults, and generated a few "family specials". It also also, less felicitously, spawned the movie ''Film/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad''.''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad''.
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