This is a sneak peek review of the children’s DVD set Thomas & Friends: Adventure Pack. This product, made up of four DVDs, is due out from Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment on November 16. I was provided a review copy of this product, but was under no obligation to recommend Thomas & Friends: Adventure Pack. My observations are my own.
Synopsis of the Children’s DVD Set Thomas & Friends: Adventure Pack
Four DVDs make up this product, which, according to the packaging, makes up a “complete season.” The first DVD, “Railway Friends”, runs 46 minutes and contains six episodes centering on the issues of friendship. This includes “Best Friends”, which sees a rift form between best friends Thomas and Percy after the former fails to inform the latter about his not getting a sought-after job of picking up the brass band. In “Thomas Puts the Brakes On”, the tank engine’s brake problems cause him to lose some special bricks for a building project, but he gets friendly assistance from Stanley in retrieving them.
There’s plenty of bratty behavior, crashes, and smashes in “High Speed Adventures”, which runs 46 minutes via six episodes including “Rosie’s Carnival Special”, where this tank engine doesn’t like having to be the back engine for a carnival special, so she deliberately disobeys by taking the carnival cars all by herself, which leads to mayhem and destruction. Thomas and Diesel have three races backwards, which leads to a number of messes on the Island of Sodor in “Don’t Go Back.”
The third video in this Thomas & Friends children’s DVD set, “Team Up With Thomas”, runs 46 minutes and sees the engines have to rely on their co-workers to help get the job done over 4 episodes, including “Tram Trouble.” Thomas schemes to keep new tram Flora from helping Toby lead the upcoming parade, for the tank engine thinks it will upset his friend to have help, but he finds out he was wrong. In the auto play mode, we see one of the engine drivers, Mr. Arkwright, construct a steam engine out of cardboard boxes for the grandkids of the demanding Sir Topham Hatt between episodes.
The final video, “Percy and the Bandstand”, is 40 minutes in length. In auto play mode, Mr. Arkwright gets ready for his long day of work driving Thomas around the Island of Sodor. Four episodes are contained in this video, including “The Man in the Hills”, which sees Thomas look for a mysterious man who wears white, but along the way, he mistakenly picks up others dressed in white.
Each of the four videos in this Thomas & Friends children’s DVD set contains bonus features like puzzles, games, and read-alongs. Episodes of Roary the Racing Car appear in all but “Percy and the Bandstand.”
More about the Children’ DVD Set Thomas & Friends: Adventure Pack
I recommend this product, as it would make a great stocking stuffer for Thomas & Friends fans who can’t enough of the happenings on the Island of Sodor. These videos are good at teaching children sound morals and values, as well as how to get along with their peers plus doing what you’re told when you’re told.
One can listen to this children’s DVD set in English, Spanish, or French. The combined running time for the DVDs is about 178 minutes, according to the product packaging. The Suggested Retail Price is $24.98. You can purchase this product via retail outlets, including Amazon.com, beginning November 16. For more information about Thomas & Friends, go to the official website.