10 Sep 2014

Thomas Land and Tale of the Brave

J has been a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine for as far back as I can remember. And he is not alone. I have been a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine for as far back as I can remember too! You cannot help but like the cheeky little blue engine, working ever so hard on the island of Sodor.

Imagine then, our absolute delight when we heard we had been invited for a special screening of a full length film featuring Thomas and all his friends.

So it was with much excitement, that J and I made our way to the 4D cinema in the heart of Drayton Manor theme park on the appointed morning, where there was some juice and popcorn waiting for us. J got stuck in straight away and remained preoccupied with his favourite popcorn even when the Fat Controller walked in to see us all. Once he had finished munching, I was able to coax J to go and say hello. J even found time to play with some of the Thomas train sets on display at the cinema before we were led in to watch Tale of the Brave.



Thomas Land and Tale of the Brave
The Fat Controller stood on the stage in a sea of artificial smoke and bubbles to introduce the film. And then the lights dimmed and we were transported to Sodor for Tale of the Brave. J watched transfixed as the story unfolded on the big screen in front of him. I had expected it to open with the usual Thomas theme song, but they cut straight to the chase. The first few scenes set the tone for what was to follow.

Tale of the Brave

Without giving too much away, it will suffice to say that Tale of the Brave is a thrilling tale of bravery, of friendship and of being really useful. The cast includes Thomas and other favourites from the television series. We are introduced to some new faces as well. The rather talkative Marion, the wise and sensible Gator, the hard-working cobalt blue Timothy and Reg the scrapyard crane make their screen debuts in Tale of the Brave.

The story unfolds at a reasonable pace and there is enough drama for the little ones. It has twists and turns to keep the adults entertained as well. There are a couple of hummable songs on the soundtrack, which are a nice touch and well placed to go with the storyline.

And with fantastic lines like "There is no such thing as monsters" and "You might be braver than you think" the film sends out a strong and relevant message to its young audience, most of whom probably are scared of monsters under their beds.

My favourite quote is by Gator, "Being brave is about what you do even when you do feel scared." Something to remember, no matter what your age.

J sat riveted through the screening, only occasionally asking for more popcorn or a drink. He was pleased with the generous goody bag he got as well. Even more so because the Fat Controller autographed it for him.

Tale of the Brave

Then it was time to have a picnic and head out to explore the delights that Thomas Land has to offer. We loved sitting in the coaches as first Thomas and then Rosie, puffed and pulled us from and to Knapford station. J was very intrigued to see the engines rotate and shunt. His favourite ride was Jeremy Jet, where he could push buttons and make the plane fly. I quite enjoyed riding along in Winston for a track inspection. J wan't too pleased about Bertie the Bus and the Troublesome Trucks, but only because they gave him butterflies in his tummy!

Thomas Land

The whole day was a big surprise for J, who was not told of his impending outing before-hand. It was a  lovely day out for both of us, a real mother and son bonding experience. This was, after all, the first time ever that M had not accompanied us on a day-long outing traversing a motorway.

Image courtesy Thomas Land and Drayton Manor Theme Park

J was bursting with stories of his adventures in Thomas Land by the time we got home. He has made up his mind to take M over for a visit. And looking at the fantastic Halloween, Fireworks and Christmas events being planned at Thomas Land, I will be very surprised if we don't return sooner rather than later.

Disclaimer: We were invited for a special viewing of Tale of the Brave and received complimentary one-day passes to Drayton Manor and Thomas Land in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

20 comments:

  1. Oh my two would just love this! It's amazing the excitement Thomas provokes in little ones.

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  2. What an amazing place I am sure thomas fans would absolutely love the place.

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  3. Looks amazing! We are planning a secret trip for the kids next month - fingers crossed they like it as much as J :)

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  4. Looks so good, my son it crazy on Thomas.

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  5. I love how Thomas is still a firm favourite. New film sounds fab and I love Drayton Manor - sad my boys are growing out of Thomas now.

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  6. My boys are huge Thomas fans and the second I can drive I'll be taking them thomas land. Sounds like it was an amazing trip!

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  7. Looks fabulous. I am glad J had a good time x

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  8. As a relative newcomer to the world of Thomas (my son is just three) I didn't actually realise they were making new Thomas films! We will have to keep an eye out for this when it's released on DVD!

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  9. When my boys were smaller they loved Thomas land. Drayton Manor is a great place

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  10. My children were huge Thomas fans when they were younger so would love this.

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  11. This sounds fantastic, I think I would love it x

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  12. My daughter used to love Thomas when she was younger but we never made it to Drayton Manor.

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  13. We've visited Thomas Land and it is so much fun :D

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  14. I am going to have to take my girls to Thomas Land, I think!

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  15. Lola was a huge Thomas fan when she was little, the other two aren't interested. Maybe this little man will be!

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  16. We've been to Thomas Land three times, and it is Aaron's ABSOLUTE favourite place to go. We are going a 4th time at some point in September, or October. I was sad not to get invited to this but will definitely be buying the film, as Aaron keeps playing Thomas computer games and the film is advertised on the site. I've looked for it in about 7 different shops and can't find it anywhere so I think I will have to bite the bullet and buy it from Amazon.
    Liska x

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  17. I would love to visit this, my youngest is a big Thomas fan.

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  18. My little brother is autistic and he's a HUGE Thomas fan. He's already sixteen but he still watches the series and collects, and playes with, the figurines. It's something he truly loves :)

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  19. We loved Thomasland when we visited last year - hoping to go back in October

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  20. I didn't realise you were there! I think I saw you too. We had a lovely day and really enjoyed the film too. Wish there were a few more female characters though. Next time I'll say Hi!!

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