Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thomas and Friends: Hero of the Rails (review)

In the new movie from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment that came out September 8th , Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails, you get to hear the individual voices of Thomas and his friends. In this movie, three new characters are introduced: Hiro, Victor and Kevin.
In this action-packed tale of friendship, determination and teamwork Thomas discovers an abandoned and broken down engine named Hiro from an exciting far away land. Fearing that he will be scrapped, Thomas enlists help from many friends including Victor, a new steam engine, and Kevin, a new crane vehicle who both work at the spectacular Sodor Steam Works. But mishaps, mistakes and one boastful engine could foil their plans for a heroic rescue. Can the engine pals work together to help their new friend? Join the adventure and find out!
Bonus features on the DVD include a “Thomas & Spencer Racing Game,” “Guess Which Train Game” and “Thomas & Friends Bedroom Makeover.”
Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails is approximately 60 minutes, recommended for ages 2-5 and is available for a suggested retail price of $19.98. Visit
Hero of the Rails is the first all CGI animated movie, and is the winner of a Parents’ Choice Silver Award. Since 1978, Parents’ Choice is the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media. In making the announcement Parents’ Choice says…”Thomas the Tank Engine tales are always shiny, sweet and compelling, a teacher of social lessons.”

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel platform assets. Its feature film business achieved a number one box office opening weekend in September 2009 with the eighth film in the Tyler Perry franchise, I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF, and has generated more than $400 million at the North American theatrical box office during the past 12 months. The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and leads the industry in its box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners, is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America and Japan, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM, and international preschool channel JimJam, (outside of the US, UK and China). For more information, visit

This review was sponsored by Thomas and Friends. They have supplied me with a DVD to sample for review and information to share with my readers. I was given the product for my personal opinion and option to share with my readers. I was not compensated for my time or written review.

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