History WesternAnimation / ThomasTheTankEngine

25th Jul '16 9:57:34 PM TrendingToon1
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* AnachronismStew: The current series, as of ''Misty Island Rescue'', is set in TheSixties, yet uses engines from different time periods and locations on Sodor. A TruthInTelevision, since most modern steam railways use engines from different time periods and locations.

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* AnachronismStew: The current series, as of ''Misty Island Rescue'', is set in TheSixties, TheSixties (since steam engines are the most common engines used, and steam was popular back then), yet uses engines from different time periods and locations on Sodor. A TruthInTelevision, since most modern steam railways use engines from different time periods and locations.



* InstrumentalThemeTune: Two of these were used. Seasons 1 through 7 used a condensed version of a song by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell simply called "Thomas the Tank Engine", seasons 8 through 12 used an instrumental version of "The Engine Roll Call". Seasons 13 and onwards {{Subvert|edTrope}} this by just using the last verse of said song.

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* InstrumentalThemeTune: Two of these were used. Seasons 1 through 7 used a condensed version of a song by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell simply called "Thomas the Tank Engine", seasons 8 through 12 10 used an instrumental version of "The Engine Roll Call". Seasons 13 11 and onwards {{Subvert|edTrope}} this by just using the last verse of said song.



** Happens in "Don't Be Silly Billy". New engine Billy is too excited to listen and mistakes Thomas' wise advice for being bossy, much to Thomas' anger and shock. After failing to get Billy to listen, Thomas gives up and leaves Billy alone...and he runs out of coal and water as a result.



** Happens in "Don't Be Silly Billy". New engine Billy is too excited to listen and mistakes Thomas' wise advice for being bossy, much to Thomas' anger and shock. After failing to get Billy to listen, Thomas gives up and leaves Billy alone...and he runs out of coal and water as a result.



** Sadly, during ''Flatbeds of Fear'', Henry got scared back into rhyming. "I don't want to hear the Flatbeds of Fear, I don't want to hear the Flatbeds of Fear..."

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** Sadly, during ''Flatbeds of Fear'', Henry got scared back into rhyming. "I "[[MadnessMantra I don't want to hear the Flatbeds of Fear, I don't want to hear the Flatbeds of Fear..."]]"
6th Jul '16 5:15:38 PM WolfNanaki
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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: [[spoiler: Thomas' LBSCR livery in the special ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventureBegins''. In [[Main/RealLife real life]], the LBSCR livery for tank engines was brown with yellow lettering and lining. In the ''Thomas'' universe the livery appears to be teal with white lining. Hmm.]]
* AscendedExtra: Some recurring engines like Diesel only appeared in a handful of stories from Literature/TheRailwaySeries.

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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: ArtisticLicenseEngineering: Locomotives of different gauges are scaled up or down to run on Sodor's two gauges. This is taken to an extreme in The Great Race, with engines from all around the world running on the same gauge for an Olympics-style competition. Additionally, many American engines can run on Sodor's rails just fine, despite Sodor being a British railway while American engines are far taller and heavier than British engines.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
[[spoiler: Thomas' LBSCR livery in the special ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventureBegins''. In [[Main/RealLife real life]], the LBSCR livery for tank engines was brown with yellow lettering and lining. In the ''Thomas'' universe the livery appears to be teal with white lining. Hmm.lining, matching the colors of the original Thomas toy Wilbert made for his son.]]
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Some recurring engines engines, like Diesel Diesel, only appeared in a handful of stories from Literature/TheRailwaySeries.Literature/TheRailwaySeries, but were given bigger roles in the show.
** Several minor and one-shot characters, such as Paxton and Charlie, have had their roles greatly expanded upon since Andrew Brenner took over as head writer.



** Famous locomotives ''City of Truro'' and ''Flying Scotsman'', or at least models of them.

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** Famous locomotives ''City of Truro'' and ''Flying Scotsman'', or at least models of them.Scotsman''.



* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes: Only the engines' eyes move as part of their models. When the show switched to CGI, unlike other SentientVehicles, the engines can only move their eyes and talk.

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* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes: Only the engines' eyes move as part of their models. When the show switched to CGI, unlike other SentientVehicles, [[SentientVehicle Sentient Vehicles]], the engines can only move their eyes and talk.



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5th Jul '16 3:09:54 PM TrendingToon1
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* NiceMeanAndInBetween: The Steam Team is each split into this: Thomas, Toby, Henry and Edward are the nice ones, Gordon and James are the mean ones, and Percy and Emily are in between.
** Thomas, Percy, and Toby showed this in the earlier seasons. Toby is nice and respectful, Thomas is cheeky, arrogant and a bit troublesome, (although he has [[TookALevelInKindness become nicer and kind-hearted later on the series]]). Percy mediates between the two where he can be nice, but has moments of being cheeky and troublesome like Thomas.
** There's also the TerribleTrio of Gordon, James, and Henry. Henry is nicer and more sympathetic than the other two while James is more vain and arrogant than Gordon, who occasionally shows his [[HumblePie soft and humble side]] more than James does.
** Before James came along, there was the trio of Edward, Henry, and Gordon from the ''The Three Railway Engines'' book as well as the episodes [[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS1E3TheSadStoryOfHenry "The Sad Story of Henry"]] and [[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS1E4EdwardGordonAndHenry "Edward, Gordon, and Henry"]]. Edward is the nice and friendly, Gordon is pompous and haughty, and Henry is in between due to realizing his mistake in refusing to leave the tunnel.
** Some later episodes such as ''King of the Railway'' make Thomas, James and Percy into this. Thomas is now more altruistic and idealistic, James is the narcissistic JerkWithAHeartOfGold, while Percy is pretty much the same as before. Thomas and Percy sometimes interchange, due to [[CharacterCheck still having shades of earlier cheekier forms]].
3rd Jul '16 5:02:14 AM Psi001
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* ImmortalImmaturity: The engines can't really age [note]though can deteriorate physically from lack of maintenance[/note] and have been active for decades, yet often behave like bickering children.

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* ImmortalImmaturity: The engines can't really age [note]though [[note]]though can deteriorate physically from lack of maintenance[/note] maintenance[[/note]] and have been active for decades, yet often behave like bickering children.



* KarmaHoudini: The adapatation of "Old Iron" neglects to mention the fate of the two boys who meddled with James' controls and caused him to run off out of control, whereas in the book they are caught by the police and [[ValuesDissonance "soundly walloped"]] by their fathers.

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* KarmaHoudini: The adapatation of "Old Iron" neglects to mention the fate of the two boys who meddled with James' controls and caused him to run off out of control, whereas in the book they are caught by the police and police, [[ValuesDissonance "soundly walloped"]] by their fathers.fathers, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking forbidden to watch trains for quite some time]].
3rd Jul '16 5:00:38 AM Psi001
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* ImmortalImmaturity: The engines can't really age [note]though can deteriorate physically from lack of maintenance[/note] and have been active for decades, yet often behave like bickering children.
30th Jun '16 9:36:21 PM BNSF1995
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** The Troublesome Trucks are often the reason why many engines are chewed out for their accidents, and they are never seen to be held responsible for them. In most accidents, however, they will get destroyed in the process, [[TooKinkyToTorture not that it will stop them from laughing about the trouble they've caused]].

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** The Troublesome Trucks are often the reason why many engines are chewed out for their accidents, and they are never seen to be held responsible for them.them outside the realms of fanfiction. In most accidents, however, they will get destroyed in the process, [[TooKinkyToTorture not that it will stop them from laughing about the trouble they've caused]].



** Subverted with Daisy. In the titular episode, she made a fib about her fitter ordering her not to pull trucks because it's bad for her swerves just to avoid pulling a milk tanker. In "Percy's Predicament", the Fat Controller scolds her for her laziness, but then decides to give her another chance after she helped clear Percy's accident.

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** The Fat Controller also blames Percy for going onto the coal tipper in "Middle Engine", even though 'Arry and Bert, as well as Henry, were the cause. Again, this is a popular Fix Fic topic.
** In "Gordon Takes a Tumble", Gordon is blamed for the mistakes of his driver and the signalman.
** This is actually a recurring issue, with railwaymen making many of the series' mistakes. Yet The Fat Controller seems to live in his own world where engines have free will, when it's been established many, many times that the engines can't drive themselves (with a few exceptions, such as in ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'' and at many points in the [=HiT=] seasons prior to Andrew Brenner taking over).
** Subverted with Daisy. In the titular episode, she made a fib about her fitter ordering her not to pull trucks because it's bad "bad for her swerves swerves" just to avoid pulling a milk tanker. In "Percy's Predicament", the Fat Controller scolds her for her laziness, but then decides to give her another chance after she helped clear Percy's accident.



** A few other trucks are shown dismantled in episodes. Also the show kept in S.C. Ruffey's destruction from the novels, but had him repaired rather than scrapped.

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** A few other trucks are shown dismantled utterly destroyed in episodes. Also the show kept in S.C. Ruffey's destruction from the novels, but had him repaired rather than scrapped.scrapped.
** The nameless engine in Rusty's story in "Duncan Gets Spooked".



* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Fans of ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' may be taken aback by later episodes, which not only cease adapting stories from the books, but have a much DenserAndWackier narrative (For Seasons 13 through 16 at least), transitioned from model puppetry to CGI animation (with all the cast fully voiced and animated) and have altered several characters in role and personality (or disposed of them altogether in favor of numerous more gimmicky new ones, though this practice has since been reversed, with characters who had been DemotedToExtra back during Season 8 making the transition to CGI).

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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Fans of ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' may be taken aback by later episodes, which not only cease adapting stories from the books, but have a much DenserAndWackier narrative (For Seasons 13 through 16 at least), with such elements as painful rhyming, constant alliteration, and seemingly zero knowledge of railway operations, transitioned from model puppetry to CGI animation (with all the cast fully voiced and animated) and have altered several characters in role and personality (or disposed of them altogether in favor of numerous more gimmicky new ones, ones for merchandising purposes, though this practice has since been reversed, with characters who had been DemotedToExtra back during Season 8 making the transition to CGI).CGI, and new characters are given much better development, while the gimmicky ones are fleshed out, Paxton, Scruff, and Winston being prime examples).



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: ''Double Teething Troubles'' featured a BR "Clayton" diesel which, as in real life, suffered from having insufficient engines crammed into a compact space. While originally named "Paxman" after the contained engines, the producers decided the company might not take so kindly to the reference. He went unnamed in the episode, but the merchandise now calls him "Derek."

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: ''Double Teething Troubles'' featured a BR Class 17 "Clayton" diesel which, as in real life, suffered from having insufficient engines crammed into a compact space. While originally named "Paxman" after the contained engines, the producers decided the company might not take so kindly to the reference. He went unnamed in the episode, but the merchandise now calls him "Derek."
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** From "The Adventure Begins":
-->'''James:''' Oh, dear!\\
''(A deer promptly runs away from him.)''
29th Jun '16 11:38:06 PM BNSF1995
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* OvertookTheSeries: From season 5 onward due to the well of Railway Series stories drying up. Admittedly not every story from the original books has been adapted and the direction the television series is taking means it will probably never happen. This is complicated further by the show also adapting stories from other medias such as the magazines and annuals (mostly during Season Three, though a handful of episodes from Season Five onward are also adapted roughly from the magazines).

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* OvertookTheSeries: From season 5 onward due to the well of Railway Series stories drying up. Admittedly not every story from the original books has been adapted and the direction the television series is taking means it will probably never happen. Among the most notable books never adapted were "Small Railway Engines" and "Mountain Engines", most likely because it would have been a nightmare to create the Arlesdale Railway engines, and the mountainous landscapes of Culdee Fell. DarkhorseEnsemble Bear was also noticeably left out of the TV series. This is complicated further by the show also adapting stories from other medias such as the magazines and annuals (mostly during Season Three, though a handful of episodes from Season Five onward are also adapted roughly from the magazines).



* PoorCommunicationKills: The prime example in "Fish"' where Duck and Henry work together to haul the extra-long Flying Kipper up Gordon's Hill. Henry pulls his train harder than he realises, then a tail lamp falls off the rear-most van. Duck loses sight of the train, whistles, but gets no reply. Without his bank engine, Henry starts to slow down, and Duck crashes into the Kipper.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: The prime example in "Fish"' where Duck and Henry work together to haul the extra-long Flying Kipper up Gordon's Hill. Henry pulls his train harder than he realises, then a tail lamp falls off the rear-most van. Duck loses sight of the train, whistles, but gets no reply. Without his bank engine, Henry starts to slow down, and Duck crashes into the Kipper. Fortunately, though, Duck is not blamed by The Fat Controller, who instead blames the accident on the tail lamp not being properly secured.
29th Jun '16 11:34:34 PM BNSF1995
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** Although this is justified, as apparently this is a reference to how New York Central station was built by Irish immigrants.

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** Although this is justified, as apparently this is a reference to how the New York Central station was and Chesapeake & Ohio were built by Irish immigrants.
29th Jun '16 11:31:07 PM BNSF1995
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** In "Thomas Comes to Breakfast", a careless cleaner meddles with Thomas' controls while he's under steam. He gets off scot-free while Thomas is yelled at by The Fat Controller. This is often a popular FixFic topic.
** The signalman and whoever is maintaining the landlines also get off scot-free in "Something in the Air", as The Fat Controller completely and unfairly blames Henry.
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