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
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