Review & Giveaway... Thomas & Friends Movie!

The world’s favourite blue engine Thomas the Tank Engine™ has puffed his way into Australian cinemas to take all his friends and fans on a brave new adventure… and we’d like you to join in the fun! Check out our review of “Tale of The Brave” below and enter our giveaway to win one of three family passes (each pass admits five).

Tale of the Brave - Thomas and Friends

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Mum of two Julie takes Oliver (5) and Emily (4) to see Tale of the Brave…

One of my first enduring memories of being a Mum to a toddler boy was finally allowing myself to take a break (and simultaneously give my son a break) – with small doses of TV! Thomas the Tank Engine was, I think, the first indulgence I allowed (for both of us) and this grew into a real love of the delightfully simple and wholesome story-lines of a train building wonderful friendships and a strong working ethic, reflected in the TV series based on the book collection of the Rev J Awdry.

This love extended across humble first building and construction train sets – and watching a bond develop between not only son and Dad but with grandmas and granddads as well. So, it was with a real sense of nostalgia that I attended a screening of Tale of the Brave.

Thomas and Friends - Tale of the Brave

Unfortunately, though my four year old daughter happily looked forward to the screening, my husband and I questioned why we were having to convince our intrepid five and a half year old to join us … That said, as the time came this same kid then became more and more visibly excited as we trekked our way in. Who would have thought?! The lure of a monster/train combo was now obviously enough to get him through the door, suiting little sister to a “T”.

The scene was quickly set with an intriguing mystery established via a very cool (for Thomas at least) James Bond-ish opening credit, with shadows like a dinosaur giving lend to what was to come.

A perfect length (60 minutes), littlies won’t have too much trouble sitting through what is ultimately an endearing story of pranks, bravery and friendship. And for grownups it’s not so long that it feels long in the tooth…!

What struck me was the difference between small screen and big screen with some lovely special effects and how much more realistic Sodor Island seems in the movie. Lifelike images of a large moon, fog, frogs and bunny rabbits making a nice change from the more cartoonesque Thomas of old.

A clear storyline about facing your fears rather than running away from problems, Tale of the Brave has many messages that can be taken away and are perfectly suited for 3-4 year olds, with there being enough to keep avid train fans of surrounding ages interested – though parents of two year olds may need to be prepared to give a cuddle or two!! With themes demonstrating a lovely humour and camaraderie, we all agreed that it was fun to watch a heartwarming story, making a nice change from so many over-stimulatory big screen equivalents for the little ones.

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Tale of the Brave is now showing (until 19 August, 2014) at HOYTS Junior Theatres across Australia. You can find all sorts of fun games, videos, apps, and more on the official Thomas and Friends™ website.

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Winners:
Kerry, Lucy, and Stacey have each won a family pass!

Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win one of three family passes to Tale of The Brave? To enter, simply tell us in the comments section below what you like about Thomas the Tank Engine. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by sharing on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway (please let us know that you’ve shared in your comment). Winners announced on 8 August, 2014. This competition is now closed.

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