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* AdaptationalBadass: The mountain itself. While the original book depicted the mountain as nothing more than a small hill. This film and other version of the story make it look more like an actual mountain.
* AdaptationalSpeciesChange: Because the film is apparently based on Ruth Sanderson's 1976 illustrations, the shiny new engine (named Farnsworth) is a diesel engine instead of a steam locomotive like in the original.



* CanonForeigner: Chip the bird, the boy Eric and his sister, the Tower and the Doctor engine.

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* CanonForeigner: Chip the bird, the boy Eric and his sister, the Tower and the Doctor engine.engine along with the inhabitants of the mountain.



** Also Farnsworth and Pete, but to lesser extents.
* KarmaHoudini: In spite of the fact that the Tower was an overall JerkAss to everyone (''especially'' Tillie), he is last seen asleep on the job.

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** Also Farnsworth and Pete, but to lesser extents.extents and they even have some likeable moments.
* KarmaHoudini: In spite of the fact that the Tower was an overall JerkAss to everyone all the engines (''especially'' Tillie), he is last seen asleep on the job.

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* DigitalDestruction: The original release in America was slowed down.


* GreenEyes: Little Engine.


* 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.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Let's see: 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, To put it shortly, Tillie is put through five levels of ''Hell'' just to prove her worth as an engine.

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* BigNo: The Tower deals a violent barrage of these to Tillie when she volunteers to take the train herself after the other trains have refused or are unable to do the job.


* 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.


* 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.

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* TrueBlueFeminity: The titular little engine is often stated to be female, especially in the two film adaptations.


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."

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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.

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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.


* 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.


* 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.

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