This is a sneak peek review of the children’s DVD Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor. This product comes from Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment and is due for release on December 7. I was provided a review copy of this product, but was under no obligation to recommend Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor. My observations are my own.
Synopsis of the New Release Children’s DVD Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor
The road to mayhem is paved with what Thomas thinks are his good intentions, but he’s shown to be quite misguided in three of the four episodes which star the tank engine. In the first airing, “The Lion of Sodor”, Thomas thinks that the lion he’s transporting is alive, and gets the other engines to contribute some of their freight to the lion (like food and hay), which leads to one big mess. In “Thomas and the Pigs”, the tank engine is told to get some hay for some piglets about to be born, but Thomas wastes time trying to get other things which aren’t needed for them. Thomas is commissioned to deliver some storybooks for a children’s gathering in “Time for a Story”, but he gets in such a hurry that he throws caution to the wind, leading to another temporary disaster.
The final episode in this children’s DVD, “Hiro Helps Out”, see another engine, Hiro, try to help out Sir Topham Hatt by keeping the other engines from seeking his counsel, but it leads to disorder. In between episodes, Driver Perkins sets up and runs a train layout so as to demonstrate what he does during his job. The extras in this Thomas & Friends video feature an episode of Shaun the Sheep’s spinoff Timmy Time, called “Timmy’s Plane”, which sees the bratty lamb have troubles in art class. There’s also a karaoke song and a video match game.
More about the Children’s DVD Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor
There’s a strong moral in this video that children will get, and that’s to listen to others, for not doing so is what caused a lot of problems for the tank engine. I recommend this product because the positive messages are conveyed visually through the influence of ultimately good-natured animated trains. One can listen to this children’s DVD in either English, Spanish, or French. The combined running time for this video is about 48 minutes, according to the product packaging. The Suggested Retail Price is $14.98. You can purchase this product beginning December 7 via retail outlets, including Amazon.com. For more information about Thomas & Friends, go to the official website.