Saturday, June 8, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: Thomas & Friends - Thomas Makes A Mistake | #BigWorldBigAdventures


Season 23, Episode 4: Thomas Makes A Mistake
Written By Camille Ucan And Rose Johnson
Directed By Dianna Basso


Ever since the takeover bid from Gullane Entertainment back in September 2002, HiT Entertainment went on to produce their own take on 'Thomas & Friends' starting with the eighth season moving in a much different direction resulting in the stories becoming seven minutes long with a three strike formula...as a way of giving them a 'proper beginning, middle and ending structure', it got old really fast for the fans and it resulted in the series becoming absolutely broken being reduced to an educational baby show and completely losing the spirit of what made the original Thomas so great.  But can giving this overused plotline an international twist bring some life back into this formula?  Let's find out and go go go on a big world adventure back to India again as 'Thomas Makes A Mistake'!

THOMAS MAKES A MISTAKE: Thomas causes confusion and delay by not seeking help when he makes a mistake

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PROS:
  • The animation-even if they had to reuse a lot of assets from Sodor in order to create the railways of India like they did for the 'Big World Big Adventures' movie such as Knapford Station when Thomas is given his job of delivering silk by Charubala as well as Wellsworth Station when Thomas drops off his delivery at the wrong place, you can't deny that the team at Jam Filled still did an amazing job in recapturing the beauty and rustic views of India from what we saw last season with the lush green landscapes of the forests and valleys to the many mountainous regions and sandy dunes where the camels roam...in fact much like giving our main cast a whole new look with things like rivets and handrails, the team at Jam Filled have actually upgraded quite a lot on their animation of India ever since Season 22 and the movie!
  • The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence triggered by Thomas wishing he could swim after getting distracted by some playful elephants squirting him (while having nothing to do with the actual story itself) is still wonderfully animated by the team at Jam Filled and it in a way reminded me of the Busby Berkeley choreographed classic 'Footlight Parade' with how the elephants gracefully swim around their pool building up to Thomas shooting up out of the water...while a majority of the fandom is sure to complain about realism yet again, the animation team are just doing their job while also trying to have fun with their work!

CONS:
  • The story-I had really hoped that giving the overused 'three strikes you're out' formula an international twist would help give some life onto this plotline, but nope...it's your typical overdone and extremely annoying scenario of Thomas being given a special job but refusing to do it properly despite being told numerous times by his friends resulting in making everything worse via an accident and making things right in the end...we should've abandoned this storyline years ago, can we please stop?!  Mattel, I understand you want to make sure that Thomas stays relevant in today's age of kids entertainment...but it's this kind of lazy writing and horrible character representation that resulted in the downfall of Thomas over a decade ago when HiT Entertainment first took over!

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Overall, 'Thomas Makes A Mistake' made a huge mistake by offering nothing new to what was already an overused and overdone plot that we should've abandoned years ago...this only continues the streak of India episodes for the series that start off great only to immediately go downhill when more get produced and for that earns a rating of a 5 out of 10


Grudge Match-9.5/10
Thomas Makes A Mistake-5/10

SEASON 23 OVERALL RATING: 8.25/10

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