Thomas' Christmas Carol: Review by William Mortensen Vaughan
As of: 11:40 a.m. E.S.T., Monday, April 10, 2017


Title:  "Diesel's Ghostly Christmas, Parts One and Two"
also known as
Thomas' Christmas Carol


My Rating:  **

Adaptation: Featuring Thomas the talking train [NOTES: IMDb lists different voice actors from the U.S.A. and U.K., in its credits for these shows; most of the voices sound British.]

Date Released: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Format Reviewed: 3D, animated, television episodes, on DVD

Is this adaptation reverent?: No, this adaptation is not particularly reverent, although there is an emphasis on being "helpful" and "useful."

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? No. It does, however, include the greeting, "Merry Christmas!"

What does my wife think of it? She thinks it's "stupid" and "creepy."

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens? This adaptation recreates the general story line of the novel, with different characters, in a fantasy world called Sodor Island. However, in this adaptation, as in a couple others, there are no "real" ghosts. Thomas and his friends pretend to be ghosts in order to persuade "the Scrooge," Diesel, to be more helpful.

What dialect is used? British English.

When and where does this adaptation take place? Sodor Island, perhaps after cars and trains were invented, but before planes...

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? No.

Is this adaptation supernatural? Yes, this adaptation is supernatural; although it does not feature ghosts and time travel, it does feature trains and a crane with humanoid faces that see, hear, smell, and talk.

Is this adaptation "framed"? No.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included? The Earl of Sodor conducts an orchestra or band, at his Christmas Party, as they play "Jingle Bells."

How attractive is the visual art? The three-dimensional, animated art is good, but creepy.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another? The transitions are good, with effctive scene cutting.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation? The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is that the main characters are trains and a crane with humanoid faces, that see, hear, smell, and talk.
What extras are included on the DVD? This DVD, titled Thomas' Christmas Carol, has three other talking-train related episodes on it:

"There's Snow Place Like Home"

"A Cranky Christmas"

"The Beast of Sodor"

It also has semi-interactive observation and trivia games, such as "Who's That Engine?"

Audio tracks are available in Spanish and English, but there are no subtitles.

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