Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue: Books on Screen

by Nancy


At 5 Minutes for Books, we are proud to feature books across many genres for children and adults. This week is all about highlighting children’s books, and in this case movies, and if you’re interested in other Books on Screen, feel free to check out the archives.

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Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue is the latest fully CGI-animated movie featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, and the first available on Blu-Ray. Michael Brandon narrates the story but each engine is individually voiced, which I think really adds to the enjoyment of the story.

The new Search and Rescue Station is under construction and the engine who is the most helpful will get to pull the new “Jobi wood” to the station. When Diesel decides to take this on himself he gets into trouble, and Thomas saves him. He is rewarded by a trip to the mainland but on the way there his raft is disconnected from the cargo ship and he winds up on the mysterious Misty Island. Here he meets 3 new engines, Bash, Dash and Ferdinand, who are logging engines. Thomas enlists their help to find his way back to Sodor, while Sir Topham Hatt organizes a search back on Sodor. Along the way Thomas realizes his decisions aren’t always the best ones, especially when he ignores the advice of his new friends, and that sometimes you can have a little fun while still getting the job done (and I totally didn’t realize that rhymed until after I typed it – I may have Thomas on the brain).

My 3 year old has several Thomas books and a train table full of tracks and trains in the basement, but has never really watched the show. Anytime I’ve tried to put it on, he loses interest rather quickly. He loves movies though, and carried the DVD box around the kitchen asking me every 5 seconds if it was time to watch Thomas yet. So to say he was excited is an understatement.

Once the movie started he didn’t move from the couch and he was appropriately worried and happy throughout. I think the CGI animation and the speed the story moves along helped to keep him engaged, but the exciting plotline and dilemmas encountered by the engines also were a big factor. He’s already asked when we can watch the Thomas movie again so I expect this one will be viewed many times to come.

The DVD has some cute extras – a “Search for Thomas” game and 2 karaoke videos. It’s also available on Blu-Ray, however we viewed the DVD format and the animation was still so good. I can’t imagine how amazing it is on Blu-Ray.

We have one copy of Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue for one lucky winner. Leave a comment and we’ll announce the winner on October 2. This giveaway is closed.

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Nancy doesn’t always make good decisions but she tries her best. She write about her 2 boys and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys.

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne September 23, 2010 at 2:04 am

Oh my, we’re big Thomas fans around here! We’ll be looking forward to reading this one!


2 Jen September 23, 2010 at 8:34 am

Our last name is Thomas…and grandpa worked for the railroad…obviously we like Thomas the Train!


3 Jessica September 23, 2010 at 9:26 am

Just today I saw the preview for this movie when I put on a Thomas movie from the library for my son, so I’m very excited to see it on here. My son is a huge fan; he has a Thomas backpack, books, and plenty of Thomas toys and he’ll even be Thomas for Halloween this year!


4 Alison S. September 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

My son would love this dvd, but I have a nephew who LOVES Thomas so I think we’d have to give it to him if we won. :-)


5 apple blossom September 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

I know a little boy who would love this. thanks


6 S Club Mama September 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

My son Tristan LOVES Thomas! :)


7 Samantha R September 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

My son would love this! perfect Christmas gift!


8 Laura R. September 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

My little guy CAN NOT wait to see this movie!!!


9 Carol M September 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm

My younger grandsons just love Thomas!


10 Ruthie B September 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Oooh! I have a 4 year old grandson who would just LOVE this! Please enter me, thanks.


11 jennifer N September 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

This looks great-
Thanks for the giveaways!!!


12 Angela W. September 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm

One of my sons is a big Thomas fan. He’s love this giveaway. Thanks!


13 tennille September 24, 2010 at 12:11 am

doesn’t say if this is open to canadians??? I would love to win


14 Page Turner (Heather) September 24, 2010 at 12:13 am

My son loves Thomas, too! We’d love to win this movie!


15 Jessica T September 24, 2010 at 12:34 am

I know a BIG Thomas fan! This would make a great present!


16 Krista September 24, 2010 at 3:13 am

we are HUGE Thomas fans in this house and can you believe we don’t own a single movie? Thank goodness for Netflix! But it would be nice to have one that didn’t require an internet connection!


17 katklaw777 September 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

Looks like a cute DVD, thanks.


18 JRFrugalMom September 24, 2010 at 7:59 am

My boys love Thomas books and dvds.


19 Beth C September 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

My grandson thinks anything Thomas is the best and would love this book!


20 Melissa P. September 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

My nephew would love this


21 Marj M. September 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Noah is 4, he’d be glued to this movie.


22 Amanda September 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

We love Thomas at our house! What a great giveaway


23 Some Lucky Dog September 25, 2010 at 4:49 am

Our youngest little grandson love Thomas and would be thrilled with this :)

someluckydog at gmail dot com


24 Carolyn September 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Love this for a gift for my favorite Thomas lover!


25 nan lara September 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm

my son loves thomas, thanks for the chance
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26 Amber September 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

My little boy loves anything involving trains. Thanks for a chance to win!


27 Danielle September 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

My boys would love to win this!


28 Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom September 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

My son is a huge Thomas fan!


29 Wendy September 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm

We love Thomas and I know a little boy who would be thrilled to own this!!


30 Natalia D September 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I would like to win this book for my son, he is fan of Thomas!


31 Tori September 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Love Thomas!!!


32 Melissa R. September 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I would love to win this for my son. Thanks for the chance!

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33 Sheila Hickmon September 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

My son loves Thomas, thanks for the chance!


34 Jody October 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Would love to gift this to the “Thomas” lover in my family.


35 Steph October 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

My kids have always been big Thomas & Friends fans. I like them because the stories are positive and deal with working things out and helping, things we all need to learn.


36 Donna L October 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

My granddaughter would enjoy this DVD.


37 Colin October 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

colin-i love thomas the train misty island


38 Colin October 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

im sixteen years old(:


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