Even more ironic how they add superfluous engines and settings, since the reason the original episodes had to differenciate from the books was due to lacking budget to adapt more stuff.
Even early on in the adapted stories, they took out a lot of the human's involvement (spare the Fat Controller) to focus more on the engines. While some of the added engine interaction was fun at times, it was a shame they took out some of the amusing snarkiness or personality from the drivers at points.
I've looked at a handful of the later CGI episodes out of nostalgic interest. While they are much more juvenile and unrealistic (all the rhyming and alliterations...) there is still some amusement since the focus is still on all the engines and their wonderfully flawed personalities, and the added animation and voices actually does help at times. The one where James and Toby are "rescue engines" stands out in particular.
edited 18th Sep '12 7:29:52 AM by Psi001