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Sodor's Ultimate Railway Showdown is an upcoming special based on Thomas & Friends. Featuring the voices of John Hasler and Joseph May as Thomas the Tank Engine in the UK and US respectively, it also stars the recurring voices of Kerry Shale, Keith Wickham, Rob Rackstraw, Nigel Pilkington, Christopher Ragland, Yvonne Grundy, Jules de Jongh, Teresa Gallagher, Matt Wilkinson, Glenn Wrage, Steven Kynman, David Menkin and Bob Golding, with Mark Moraghan narrating the special since 2017's Journey Beyond Sodor. The special was made to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Railway Series, and it's dedicated to the memory of Michael Angelis, the series' former UK narrator (1991-2012).

It received positive reviews from critics and fans, who lauded the emotional weight, voice cast and direction, but criticized the relying on previous Thomas films and animation.

Production

Development

The special was confirmed to be "part one" of a conclusion to previous Thomas & Friends films, including The Adventure Begins, Hero of the Rails, Blue Mountain Mystery, Tale of the Brave, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, The Great Race, King of the Railway, Misty Island Rescue, Day of the Diesels, Journey Beyond Sodor, and Big World! Big Adventures!. Known as the sequel to Steam Team to the Rescue, Thomas and the Royal Engine, A New Arrival and World of Tomorrow, Sodor's Ultimate Railway Showdown was to be based on Thomas and his Friends, the last book of The Railway Series, alongside a sequel, The Great Centenary, in post-production.

Summary

When an evil diesel lurks in the shadows, Thomas and the rest of the Steam Team have to come to the rescue. Trying his hardest to make sure each engine is being really useful, Sir Topham Hatt leaves Thomas in charge, while taking a holiday. Meanwhile, Diesel 10 plans to take over the Steelworks and threatens the Experimental Engines along the way. With many goods trains and coaches left in halt, engines across Sodor help Thomas in aiding the solution. Alongside the best of his friends, Thomas meets Diesel 10 in a huge confrontation.

Characters

Characters Introduced

Locations

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

US and CAN

Songs

TBA

Gallery

Trivia

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  • This special marks the appearances of Lexi, Theo, Hurricane, Frankie, Timothy, Mavis, Stafford, Donald, Douglas, Charlie and Merlin since Journey Beyond Sodor, Big World! Big Adventures!, Counting on Nia and Seeing Is Believing.
  • The chase scene's theme is a restored variant of the chase in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • The special is dedicated to the memory of former Thomas & Friends UK narrator Michael Angelis, who passed away in May 2020.
  • Rearrangements of Thomas, Edward, Gordon and Percy's themes from Series 1 and 8 are heard.
  • This marks the recurring appearances of Murdoch, Mighty Mac and Freddie since the eleventh series.
  • The reactant of Big Mickey's collision was remade from the TUGS episode, "Munitions".
  • Hurricane and Frankie are fully redeemed after the Experimental Engines help them in Journey Beyond Sodor.
  • Ryan, Hugo, Skiff, Judy and Jerome were all considered to appear, but were moved up towards the special's sequel.

Goofs

Reception

Rotten Tomatoes holds an average score of 78%.

Sequel

Main article: The Great Centenary

A sequel to Sodor's Ultimate Railway Showdown, entitled The Great Centenary, is currently in development.

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