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Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (2018)

Thomas leaves Sodor to fulfil his dream of seeing the world. This heroic quest takes Thomas across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains as he travels across five continents seeing sights he has never seen before.


David Stoten


Wilbert Awdry (based on the railway series by) (as The Rev. W. Awdry), Britt Allcroft (created by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hasler John Hasler ... Thomas (UK) (voice)
Joseph May ... Thomas (US) (voice)
Yvonne Grundy Yvonne Grundy ... Nia (UK & US) (voice)
Peter Andre ... Ace (UK & US) (voice)
Dona Adwera Dona Adwera ... Various African Characters (UK & US) (voice)
Richie Campbell ... African Troublesome Trucks (UK & US) / Various African Characters (UK & US) (voice) (as Ritchie Campbell)
Chipo Chung ... African Troublesome Trucks (UK & US) / Various African Characters (UK & US) (voice)
Jules de Jongh Jules de Jongh ... Emily (US) (voice)
Teresa Gallagher ... Emily (UK) / Marion (UK & US) / Daisy (UK & US) / Natalie (UK & US) / Arizona Diesel (UK & US) / Annie and Clarabel (UK & US) / Rio Crane (UK & US) (voice)
Bob Golding Bob Golding ... Sidney (UK & US) (voice)
Rasmus Hardiker ... Philip (UK & US) (voice)
Akia Henry ... African Troublesome Trucks (UK & US) / Various African Characters (UK & US) (voice)
William Hope ... Edward (US) / Toby (US) (voice)
Rufus Jones ... Flying Scotsman (UK & US) (voice)
Steven Kynman Steven Kynman ... Duck (UK & US) / Paxton (UK & US) (voice)


Thomas leaves Sodor to fulfil his dream of seeing the world. This heroic quest takes Thomas across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains as he travels across five continents seeing sights he has never seen before.

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Did You Know?


Despite Being Made In 2018 This Movie Was Actually Nominated For 2020 Kids Movie Awards However It Came In 4th Place Behind The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), Star Wars: Rise Of The Skywalker (2019), And Sausage Party (2016). The Last 2 Were Also Nominated Despite The Latter Being Released In 2016 And The Former Being Rated PG-13 As Well As The Latter Being Rated R. See more »


In most countries, their freight cars are larger and longer with 8 wheels than the ones in UK and Sodor. See more »


Referenced in Zoe Ball on ...: Saturday 12 (2018) See more »

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A Fun yet Over-hated Feature
20 July 2018 | by dfrediani1See all my reviews

Hello everyone, DaveMan1000 here and today I went to see the premier of the latest Thomas & Friends special, Big World! Big Adventures!. After the overwhelmingly positive response to Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and the more polarising views on The Great Race and Journey Beyond Sodor; both of which did affect my overall opinions on those movies, I wanted a fresh take on this new entry and I didn't read or watch any "reviews" prior to seeing it.

And through all of that, I can personally say that Big World! Big Adventures! is a well paced, beautifully animated and overall really fun movie. Right off the bat, no, this is not as good as Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure; putting that debate to rest before it even starts. If you ask me, I don't think The Great Race and Journey Beyond Sodor got the amount of praise they deserved due to being unfairly compared to their vastly superior predecessor, which I'm sure many people will also do for this one, which will in turn detract it's overall quality.

First, let's talk about the elephant in the room: yes, the engines and road vehicles are now fully capable of moving their bodies around. In this movie, they went all out, as opposed to Journey Beyond Sodor and Series 21 where they sort of went half-in half-out, and got stuck in an awkward middle ground. But here, they're more dynamic than ever before, but I really don't see that as a bad thing. I believe that they should've implemented this style into the show as soon as they made the transition to full CGI back in Hero of the Rails. Just seeing the characters visibly interact and respond to the world around them brings much more life to what would otherwise be static vehicles with faces, which works in model form, but not so much in animation if you ask me.

As far the voice cast goes, it's as great as ever:

John Hasler as Thomas brings us the same innocent & mischievous performance as always, though I think this could be his best role as the tank engine yet. This movie I think showcases Thomas' cheeky side much better, like one instance where he goes behind Gordon's back and tricks him without the latter even realising until it's too late, and seeing Gordon's reaction gave me a good chuckle. But when he needed to get serious, Hasler didn't disappoint; unlike his portrayal in say The Great Race, whenever Thomas was a bit grumpy or moody, I never got a spiteful or unpleasant vibe from him, which was a welcome change.

Next up is out newcomer to the Steam Team, Nia. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE hated this character before she even said a word, and don't get me wrong, I wasn't actually excited for her from the start either, but I was willing to give her a chance. And honestly... I love Nia! Yeah! In such a short amount of time, I found myself absolutely loving this character; from her bubbly attitude, to her beautiful engine design, her quirky greetings and even her supposedly "ugly" face model; which grew on me very quickly. Yvonne Grundy delivers a fantastic performance and can't wait to here more in Series 22.

And then there's Peter Andre as Ace, who absolutely steals the show whenever he's on screen. Ace is a character straight out of Cars in every conceivable way, from his body movements, his love for racing and Andre's fast and energetic performance. I really hope this isn't the last we've seen of Ace, he was a blast to watch.

Like with the other specials, unless a character is on the poster, they won't get much screen time and here was no different. The other engines only had small appearances in the beginning for the opening song, but in the time they had, they still gave great performances; everyone gets a few good lines in here and there and there weren't any glaring errors made by the voice actors. A standout performance for me was Keith Wickham as the Fat Controller; ever since Series 20, he's become much more comedic and energetic (maybe in response to his portrayal in SLotLT?), and here Wickham really shines, though I can't say too much without spoilers. The only mistake I heard was when Rob Rackstraw briefly slipped into his US voice for James at one point, but that was very quick and all the other times he used the correct UK voice.

Also, throughout the movie you may see some familiar faces from The Great Race...;)

Speaking of the songs, are they a step up? ... No, I don't think so, but I see them on equal grounds to the ones from TGR and JBS, which is still pretty high. Though if you ask me, the way the songs are implemented into the story is handled much better than in the last two specials. All the songs are on YouTube right now, go give them a listen, you won't be disappointed, I guarantee.

So overall, I really liked this movie and I feel it's been unfairly scrutinised both with being compared to Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and from people who just won't give new things a chance to show what they've got.

Now let's see where I'd rank this special with the other ones from renaissance: 1. Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure 2. The Adventure Begins 3. Big World! Big Adventures! 4. Journey Beyond Sodor 5. The Great Race 6. Tale of the Brave 7. King of the Railway

Now while I've ranked this below SLotLT and TAB, that doesn't mean I like this one any less or the latter two any more, this list is purely from the quality level I view these in. But, if you were to ask me which one I prefer and which one I'd probably want to watch again, I have no regrets saying it would be this one. Mostly because it was so much fun. "Fun", that's a word I don't like to toss around too often, as people's perception of the word does differ but that's what I see here; Big World! Big Adventures! is a fun movie, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure isn't, which is why I'd watch the former again as opposed to the latter.

Now though I've stated this with how this post is written (from my POV), I feel I need to stress that this is strictly my opinion and does not reflect that of everyone and it is not my intention to sway anyone's own opinion on the product.

I'm not stating that Big World! Big Adventures! is a great movie, but I am stressing that it is, to no lesser extent a good one. After this, I'm now very excited for Series 22 and can't wait for more from this new direction the show is taking.

As always, I'm DaveMan1000 and I'll see you all next time.

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