Thomas & Friends: The Great Race review – moral goodness, but lacking charm

Thomas gets a Jackson Pollock paint job but this CGI phase of the animated train franchise doesn’t measure up to the original low-tech shows

Ah, Thomas! Will you never learn? Once again, the perpetually impetuous tank engine (voiced by John Hasler) gets himself in a bit of bother when he tries a new paint job so he can compete in a best decorated engine contest on the mainland; he ends up looking like a half-finished Jackson Pollock for most of the running time. Luckily, Sodor-newcomer Ashima (Tina Desai), a multicoloured bombshell from India with eyes like Aishwarya Rai, doesn’t seem to mind and sees through the bluster and blunders to Thomas’s innate good nature. While the inclusive, just-be-yourself moral message is didactically sound, this CGI phase of the animated train franchise sorely lacks the charm of the original low-tech shows. The limited, exaggerated expressions on the models
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