Calling All Engines! was
the first Thomas and Friends Direct-To-DVD special produced by HIT Entertainment between the productions of
Series 8 and 9.
All Engines! was produced in 2005 as part of the brand’s 60th Anniversary, and marked
the first year of the new HIT Entertainment format.The storyline incorporated
all three elements of the half-hour programme broadcast on PBS (USA) and Nick Jr (UK), with various songs
and interactive interstitials working to try and develop the story and provide diversity.Calling All Engines! is the only special feature to use the interstitials.
All Engines! also sees the special returns of Thomas and the Magic Railroad
characters, Lady and Diesel 10, the latter playing a marginal but frequent role in the storyline through his intimidation
of the other characters, which played more on his reputation than actions.
The storyline revolves around the rivalry between the Steam engines
and Diesel engines, and how nothing is being achieved while the two sides are arguing and fighting with one another.Only when they come together and put their differences aside for the common goal of
being ‘Really Useful’ can they finish the new Sodor Airport and finally build the new Tidmouth Sheds!
Calling All Engines!
was written by Paul Larson, the Series 8 Script Editor for Thomas
& Friends, with additional (Interstitial) material written by Marc Seal.
Trying (Trying to Do Things Better)
The Dream Song (DVD Bonus Feature)
Together (Together We Made it Happen)
New Engine Roll Call
Calling All Engines!
marks the first appearance of the new 7-road Tidmouth Sheds, and the new Sodor Airport. The UK DVD featured deleted
scenes from the movie, along with songs and music videos that had been cut to reduce the running time fo the feature.
It is the only Special to feature Interactive Interstitials throughout
in conjunction with the main story feature and songs.
Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jocelyn Stevenson
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it.Best characters, moments, songs and
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Thomas puffs through the countryside
Summertime is always beautiful on the Island of
Sodor, and it’s also a very busy time for the Fat Controller’s engines, who get to show visitors all the splendid
sights of Sodor.And they are especially excited when they hear of plans to build
a brand new Sodor Airport. Percy looks forward to seeing the aeroplanes, while Thomas is chuffed that they will
soon carry more passengers than ever before and show them all the wonderful sights.
Percy and Thomas don't like working with Diesels
Construction begins almost immediately, and Thomas and Percy are kept very busy shunting
trucks of bricks and timber at the building site.The two engines are excited
about seeing all the holidaymakers and aeroplanes that will soon arrive on the Island... but they’re far less enthusiastic
about working with ‘Arry and Bert, who are behaving rudely at the building site – biffing Thomas and Percy with
their trucks, and calling them “Stinky Steamies”.
Thomas plays a naughty trick on 'Arry and Bert
Later that day, Thomas meets ‘Arry and Bert again when is collecting Timber at the yard.The two Diesels are very smug – they have a “very important job” and are keen to rub
it in Thomas’s face.This makes Thomas cross, and he decides to get his
own back – by shunting Bert’s truck hard just as the timber he is due to carry is being loaded.Thomas laughs rudely at them and scurries off to shunt trucks with Percy at the Docks.
Diesel leaves with the bananas
But when they’re working, Thomas is confronted by Diesel, who has heard all about what Thomas did to ‘Arry
and Bert.He warns Thomas that he also has an important job to do, and he’ll
make sure that the cheeky tank engine won’t make trouble for him the way he has for ‘Arry and Bert.Thomas has other ideas!Instead of giving Diesel the trucks
of timber and bricks he needs for the building site, he gives him trucks full of bananas instead.
Tidmouth Sheds have been knocked down...
The engines then go to the Smelter’s Yard to collect some steel girders.But upon their arrival, they see the terrifying sight of Diesel 10 crushing scrap metal with his giant claw.The two engines are scared, and decide to come back when Diesel 10 is gone.But on their way back to the sheds they find that the Sodor Suspension Bridge hasn’t been painted, the Airport
is only half-finished, and worst of all – Tidmouth Sheds has been knocked down!Diesel tells them that the important job that he, ‘Arry and Bert had been given was building the new ones.But because of Thomas’s tricks – they couldn’t complete the job...
and the Fat Controller sternly reminds Thomas that “bananas are no good for building
The engines find different places to sleep
The Steam engines are cross with the Diesels – they had ruined their home, and now they would have to
find other places to sleep.James chooses to stay at the Coaling Plant, Edward
goes to the Quarry to stay with Diesel, Henry and Percy go to the Smelter’s Yard, Gordon finds himself in a ‘tent’
and a completely undignified situation, and Thomas has to stay at Knapford Sheds with Emily – who’s less than
pleased to share her shed with him.
The Sodor Suspension Bridge is destroyed
But in spite of feeling wracked
with guilt over the jobs that haven’t been done, owing to his efforts to cause trouble for the Diesels, Thomas is confident
that everything can be put right in the morning.However, he doesn’t bank
on a wild, destructive storm blowing across the Island in the night.It rips
off roof tiles, flattens fences – and destroys the Sodor Suspension Bridge with its sheer ferocity.
The engines need to work extra hard
When Thomas wakes the next morning, he is shocked to see the damage that the storm has left in
its wake.The Airport building site is a complete mess, and it will take a lot
of work to get things ready in time for the holidaymakers arriving.The Fat Controller
is stern with the engines and reminds them that everyone will need to work extra hard, and Tidmouth Sheds will only be finished
when all the other jobs are completed first.
The Fat Controller sets all the engines to work.But there is a
great deal of disharmony among the Steam Engines and Diesels.There is more disharmony
in Emily’s shed at Knapford. Thomas keeps her awake telling her about his
day’s work when all she wants to do is go to sleep!
Diesel is jealous of Thomas's special
The next day, the Fat Controller
gives Thomas the special job of delivering the new bridge section for the Sodor Suspension Bridge’s repairs, and warns
Thomas that he may need help delivering it to the site of the construction.Diesel
boasts that Diesel engines wouldn’t need help – which makes Thomas all the more determined to do a good job without
anyone’s help.He pushes the heavy load all the way from the Docks, up
Gordon’s Hill and on to the Suspension Bridge.
Thomas lowers the bridge section into place
But a bigger challenge comes up
when Thomas arrives at the bridge.Both he and Diesel want to lower the bridge
section into place, and the workmen are keener for Thomas to do the job.Diesel
is jealous – and has to watch while Thomas nervously moves the bridge section down into its new place.And he’s even more jealous when Thomas receives a standing ovation from the workmen for doing such
a good job of lowering the section successfully!He decides the time has come
The engines biff and bash - and end up in a mess!
So when Thomas goes to collect some trucks of paint – Diesel lies in wait to strike.He rushes forward and sends the paint pots flying into the air – and spill their contents all over
Thomas.Diesel laughs and scurries away – but Thomas is furious.This sparks a chain reaction of steam engines and Diesel engines biffing one another into dirty or awkward
places – causing a terrible mess and a lot more delays for the completion of jobs. The Fat Controller is most disappointed with all of them.The bridge hasn’t been painted and they will not be able to open the Airport
– meaning no holidaymakers or aeroplanes will be able to come to Sodor that year.The engines are all disappointed at the situation.
Edward the Scarecrow!
That night, they all have worrying
nightmares about what will happen to them.James dreams he’ll end up as
a coconut shy, Gordon dreams he’ll end up as part of a children’s playground, Edward dreams he’ll be a scarecrow
for Farmer McColl, and Percy dreams that he’ll end up working as a rollercoaster at the Fun Fair!But Thomas’s dream is the one that proves to be the most important to saving everything.
Lady and Rusty shunt trucks
He puffs through the hills of Sodor in a misty, magical place. There,
he sees Lady, a very special engine who worked high in the mountains, shunting trucks with Rusty the Diesel engine.Lady has a very special message for Thomas: “We
always finish our jobs when we work together...” – something that Thomas and the other engines had forgotten
all about in the midst of their feud with the Diesels.
Thomas and Mavis discuss a plan!
Thomas knows exactly what to do
– and more importantly, who to speak to about it.He hurries off to speak
to the friendliest Diesel he knows, Mavis the Quarry Diesel.He soon finds Mavis
at the Washdown and explains his plan to her, he wants to rally all the Steam engines and Diesel engines together for a special
meeting to discuss the situation, and possibly see if they can get everything back on track again.
The Engines meet at the Coaling Plant
But by the time Thomas and Mavis have both spread the word to the other engines, it’s getting late and
Thomas is far from home.He stops for a night in a siding, and needs to make
a mad dash for the Coaling Plant where the engines are all assembled waiting for him.Tensions begin to mount, until Thomas hurries in to the yard to diffuse the situation before it becomes too heated.He encourages all the engines, both Steam and Diesel, to work together toward a common
goal of being ‘Really Useful’ and bringing lots of holidaymakers to Sodor for the Summer.They can’t if everyone is bickering and arguing.
Daisy and Toby set to work
The Fat Controller arrives with
Harold to find out why the engines are all at the Coaling Plant.Thomas explains
about the meeting and that the engines will all be working together to finish the Airport on time.Mavis helps Percy move trucks, ‘Arry and Bert help Gordon over the hill and Daisy the Diesel Rail-Car
helps Toby to deliver workmen to each of the important sites.
With hard work and co-operation, the Airport is finally finished and the first aeroplane is on its way.But as Thomas tries to complete the last job he knocks over a water tower –
damaging the runway and blocking the track!The engines are very cross; they
feel like they’ve worked hard for nothing.
The tower collapses onto the runway!
Luckily, the runway is quickly given new tarmac, but they still need George to help finish the job.But he is too far away and too slow to make it there on his own.The engines need someone who can clear the line – and Harvey is also too slow to make it in time for the aeroplane
landing.Then, Thomas has a bright idea – he knows one engine who could
help save the day and put everything right... it’s just a matter of trying to persuade him!
Thomas persuades Diesel 10 to help
Thomas plans to ask Diesel 10 if he can help clear the track.And
although he is scared, Thomas plucks up courage and ventures over to find him. When
Thomas finally finds him clearing branches at the foot of the hill, Diesel 10 makes it clear that he is reluctant to help a steam engine. But
Thomas works hard to persuade him, and explains the situation. Finally he wins Diesel 10 over by
promising that he’ll be the most useful engine of all.
The first aeroplane lands on Sodor!
The engines are most surprised to see Thomas puff back with Diesel
10. As they watch Thomas and Diesel 10 set to work clearing the track, the other
engines feel obliged to help too and begin shunting trucks away.With everyone
working together, the tracks are finally cleared and Thomas is able to hurry off and collect George the Steamroller in order
to mend the runway. George mends the runway in time, and the aeroplane
is able to land safely.With everything in place – the engines could finally
take passengers to and from the Airport.
The NewTidmouth Sheds!
With everything settled between the Steam and Diesel engines, everything returns to normal.But there is still one more surprise to come – Tidmouth Sheds is finally standing completely rebuilt
and looking splendid.The engines are thrilled to be welcomed home again, but
their new home has one special new feature – a seventh space built especially for Emily to become a Tidmouth Shed resident...
and she couldn’t be happier to join the others living there!