Thomas the Tank Engine’s new look so ‘menacing’ it’s made children CRY
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Thomas the Tank Engine’s new look so ‘menacing’ it’s made children CRY
Thomas the Tank Engine’s new look is apparently so ‘menacing’ that it’s made children cry, steaming parents have warned.
The beloved children’s classic – which debuted on TV in 1984 with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s iconic narration – has been given a cartoon makeover for new film Race For The Sodor Cup out next Friday.
But the 2D do-over now appears to have backfired after parents raged that their children were ‘devastated’ by Thomas’ new look.
One parent said the steam engine now looks like a ‘thug’, with some claiming their children didn’t recognise him in pictures ahead of the film’s release.
‘Why have they made him look like Dennis the Menace? It’s frightening. My five-year-old son is so upset,’ one parent said.
Another thundered: ‘My Thomas-obsessed three-year-old said ‘That’s not Thomas!’ A third said: ‘My six-year-old daughter almost cried. She hates it.’
Donna Jacks said on the Thomas & Friends Facebook page: ‘Please tell me it is only this movie the animation has changed for. So disappointing.’
US toy giant Mattel, which bought Thomas’s owner for £500million in 2011, has masterminded the makeover, turning the characters into children, The Sun reports.
Mattel insists the characters are more ‘relatable for our pre-school audience’, telling the paper: ‘We appreciate older fans may prefer the version of the TV show with which they’ve grown up.’
MailOnline has contacted Mattel for comment.
The classic TV series is based on Rev Wilbert Awdry’s books The Railway Series, who made up the stories to entertain his son Christopher, who was ill with measles.
Jack Wright For Mailonline.
The same story as told by the Sun.
THOUSANDS of angry parents are steaming over the new Thomas the Tank Engine film — with kids reduced to tears over his “menacing” cartoon look.
The classic children’s favourite has been given a 2D makeover to appeal to a new generation of young fans.
Parents claimed the new Thomas animation was ‘frightening’ and looked like Dennis the Menace.
Thomas made his TV debut in 1984 with Beatle Ringo Starr narrating the gentle tales on the island of Sodor.
But the dramatic change backfired after hordes of angry mums and dads told how their youngsters were now “devastated”.
One parent insisted the gallant steam engine now looked like a “thug”, with some saying their kids did not even recognise him in pictures ahead of the movie release.
A mum raged: “Why have they made him look like Dennis the Menace? It’s frightening. My five-year-old son is so upset.”
Another added: “My six-year-old daughter almost cried. She hates it.”
A third fumed: “My Thomas-obsessed three-year-old said ‘That’s not Thomas!’”
Thomas first appeared in Rev Wilbert Awdry’s books The Railway Series in 1946.
He made his TV debut in 1984 with Beatle Ringo Starr narrating the gentle tales on the island of Sodor.
Now the big screen awaits, with Race For The Sodor Cup out next Friday.
US toy giant Mattel, which bought Thomas’s owner for £500million in 2011, has masterminded the controversial makeover, turning the characters into kids.
Thomas’s chums Edward and Henry were sent to the breaker’s yard to make way for newbies Nia and Rebecca.
Donna Jacks said on the Thomas & Friends Facebook page: “Please tell me it is only this movie the animation has changed for. So disappointing.”
However, Mattel is also producing 104 11-minute episodes plus an hour-long special.
Brandon Thomas Lilley added: “Bye Thomas, was nice knowing you before you turned into a baby show with no realism.”
Mattel insists the characters are more “relatable for our pre-school audience”, adding: “We appreciate older fans may prefer the version of the TV show with which they’ve grown up.”
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