Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Runaway Kite

Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Runaway Kite

On DVD: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Running Time: 
46 Minutes

In Thomas & The Runaway Kite Thomas and his train friends learn all about the importance of accepting help from friends as their adventures take them to new challenges that they cannot do alone.

The Thomas releases have been sporadic as of late. You either get the old model version or the new CGI look. Both have their charm and occasionally their faults but this submission of Thomas is a pretty good one. CGI brings the trains facial expressions to life helping them emote and it also brings the human characters to life in the same way. As I’ve said before you get a much broader version of Thomas’ world as the trains are allowed to go to new places and the viewer allowed to see new things. As always the moral compass of the Thomas franchise is in top form teaching kids the importance of following direction, accepting help and not being so proud, helping them understand and feel good about change, and the importance of being humble. As has become the custom with the series there is a live action storyline running through the episodes. This time the conductor must look after Sir Topham Hatt's pet bird.

As a parent I’m always thankful for anything that stays under an hour for kids and Thomas & The Runaway Kite is a satisfying 46 minute, four episode feature. Was extremely disappointed with the bonus features, two games; How many shapes do you see game? and Find what doesn’t belong game, both of which insultingly highlight the answers for kids. Its like a video game with running commentary every step of the way so that you can’t lose. How many shapes gets a pass, sort of, as kids do have to count the shapes, but they are also highlighted. In short though a very decent edition to the collection.

AJ Garcia
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