Thomas and Friends: Engines and Escapes

DVD Release: January 2, 2008
Thomas and Friends: Engines and Escapes


Thomas and his Narrow Gauge friends Duncan, Rusty, Freddy, Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handle, controller Percival and Thomas’ newest friend Madge, the kindly snub-nosed truck, come down the tracks in these six never-before-seen adventures with storyteller Michael Brandon.and#65533; In addition, children can sing-along with the puffing steam cloud to two music videos. “Duncan Does It All” – Duncan, the engine who enjoys staying busy, has become bored with his usual job of transporting straw around Sodor. His desire for exciting new work leads to a day of job-hopping, taking over the duties of his engine friends with the promise to do a good job. But after realizing he never completed any of the tasks he agreed to do, he quickly corrects his mistake, learning that it’s always important to keep your word and finish what you start.
• “Sir Handle in Charge” – Sir Handel, one of the oldest and wisest of the Narrow Gauge Engines, likes telling others what to do. When the depot controller Percival gives him the responsibility of fulfilling a very important special, Sir Handel sets out to find the very best engines to complete the task. The others offer their help, but in his one-track-mindedness to find them, he winds up not actually listening to them, soon realizing that he hasn’t assigned anyone to the work. He quickly tracks the other engines down and the job gets done in time, leaving Sir Handel with the lesson of how important it is to listen.
• “Cool Truckings” – It’s winter and snow covers the Island of Sodor. Madge, the kindly snub-nosed truck, is tasked with bringing Duncan to the transfer yard to pick up a load
of coal. Though she is all about road safety, it doesn’t take much prodding from Duncan to tempt Madge to forgo common sense and undertake exciting new driving maneuvers. But after a crash and a dangerous encounter with the edge of a cliff, Madge chooses responsibility over recklessness and delivers Duncan safely to the yard.
• “Ding-a-Ling” – Engine Freddy knows more about the island’s countryside than just about anyone. But when he is tasked with delivering Percival’s shiny new red bicycle, he can’t seem to find a new bell for it anywhere! When other types of bells – cow bell, clown bells, a school bell – fail to be a perfect match for the bike, a newly refurbished fog horn inspires Freddy to have Percival’s old bicycle bell polished up and transferred to the new bike, showing how worthwhile and rewarding recycling can be.
• “Skarloey Storms Through” – On a rainy day, Engine Skarloey comes across a farmer in need of having his sheep transported down from the top of the hill to safety from an impending storm. Frightened by the increasing thunder and lightning, Skarloey hides out, letting the other engines do all the work. But when they have done all they could, Skarloey musters up the courage to come out and fight his fear to finish the job.
• “Wash Behind Your Buffers” – Madge is back, this time tasked with making sure Engines Rheneas and Skarloey are washed and polished for the upcoming County Fair and Engine Parade. Racing throughout the countryside, Madge gets the job done but finds herself coated with mud and very little time to get cleaned up herself so she can pull the parade’s brass band! After a quick bath, all three vehicles are spotless and ready to roll!

Dove Review

Duncan does it all-Duncan wants to try doing everyone’s job but learns that being content with his own job and getting it done properly is best.

Sir Handel in Charge-Sir Handel learns that listening to others and doing his job correctly is more important than being noticed and arrogant.

Engines and Escapes is a fun DVD for all ages. There are good lessons on how to cooperate with others, being a hard worker, doing your job to the best of your abilities and listening to others. Children will enjoy seeing how Thomas and his friends work together to get all of their jobs and tasks completed before the end of the day. This DVD uses good examples for problem solving and working together. We easily award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to it.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Genre: Children
Runtime: 50 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Michele Bond