Restore the Magic!

Your help is required again to get the Director's Cut of Thomas and the Magic Railroad released!

The true magic of Thomas and the Magic Railroad continues to remain untapped.
 
The film's release in July 2000 did not perform well and was a disappointment in terms of box-office receipts. In the years that have followed, critcical reviews of the movie's performance, particularly in terms of its writing and structure, have seen Britt Allcroft unfairly receive most of the blame and criticism.
 
The product released however, was not the one Britt had originally envisioned and  filmed, but was a heavily-edited version that diminished the movie's promise of what it could have been.
 
Late post-production edits saw a number of cast members lose their positions and a number of pivotal scenes dropped or re-arranged with the goal of restitching the story back together to provide a film that was supposed to have universal appeal. Information about what was edited out from the movie, as originally filmed, have inspired many fans to feel that this needs to be put right.
 
Our past attempt to petition the current rights holders, HiT Entertainment and Destination Films (Sony) to release the Director's Cut was abandoned as people signed under pseudonyms or multiple times. Though  the undersigned intentions were noble, the  biting reality was that corporations do not take this petition format seriously. 
 
There's still life in the goal, however... long-time fans including Sodor Island Forums' own ShiningTime95 and Metamorphical have recently put together a campaign of their own, which we support and invite you to do the same. Their aim is to have individuals collectively get the attemtion of Shout! Factory, hoping for a response and to act on  the following request.
 
Shout! Factory may not have a stake currently in the Thomas franchise, but their track record shouldn't be dismissed. First, they are skilled in licensing release rights, even in situations of complicated copyrights. For instance, Sodor Island Forums member whyofbladez has informed us that Shout! Factory's intercession for release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 was realized through licensing, which proved to be difficult because of the show's riffs off of other movies. They are also skilled in clearing music rights, so using a temp track would not be beyond scope.  Furthermore, they accept fan's requests for releases via email and social media. If enough people voice the same request, they'll make every attempt to look into a movie's release.
 
And that brings us to today. SiF is fully behind these efforts to get a release of a director's cut of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. So far support looks to be forthcoming from Doug Lennox (a cast member whose role was completely cut out of the film) and a handful of Thomas fans, with Britt Allcroft hoping the version of the movie she envisioned would see the light of day some time soon. However, we need to gather up a groundswell of support from the fanbase at large.
 
We urge you to like Restore the Magic's Facebook page and to share your support with Shout! Factory. Don't hesitate to spread the word about the campaign on social media, tagging both this and requests to Shout! Factory with the hashtag #RestoreTheMagic. Please help us achieve this goal. Thomas has brought happiness and enjoyment to a lot of people's lives across the globe, and the cut of the film released by the studio in charge is in no way a fitting tribute to what he represents in the hearts of fans.
 
So if you're a parent, participate for your children; if you've gone and grown up, participate for the sake of your childhood self; if you've got an appreciation of the characters and stories, participate for yourself. But above all else, do it for the sake of Thomas himself.
 
Learn more about and support this endeavor by visiting the following Restore the Magic Websites

TATMR Script - Britt's Original Vision

To support the Restore the Magic Campaign, the SiF crew decided to share the Thomas and the Magic Railroad script with fans so that you can all appreciate the original vision Britt Allcroft had for the film.
 
The version of this script is from August 9, 1999. It is very different in many respects to the May 19, 1999 version available from Scriptfly. It is the closest version we have to the originally filmed content. With that said, there are a few subtle differences between this script and scenes that were later filmed in Toronto during the fall of 1999. For starters, the concept of Mr. Conductor ascending Rainbow Ridge and seeing a hidden message on the rock face "Stoke up the magic in the mountain" was changed in the filmed version to the side of the windmill. The primary focus for fans of course, are the scenes with  P.T. Boomer and his interactions with the rest of the story's characters.
 
We've serialized the script into 4 parts in Adobe PDF. We hope that fans will enjoy reading the Magic Railroad story that Britt originally wanted to tell, so please do your best to support the "Restore the Magic" campaign!

Download PART 1 (pages 0-27)
Download PART 2 (pages 28-55)
Download PART 3 (pages 56-82)
Download PART 4 (pages 83-109 END)

Please support  the RESTORE THE MAGIC PETITION