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The Mighty Search is a 2022 Thomas & Friends movie.

Synopsis

Thomas has been confident about his friend Nia's place on the Island of Sodor. But one day, whilst she is working on the mainline, an evil Overlord that is looking for an engine to sell kidnapps her and takes her to an Engine Workshop in the Netherlands. Thomas then leads Ashima, Percy, James, Stanley, Rosie, Pingu, Manny, Sid and Diego on a rescue mission to save Nia. But Thomas gets into a bit of a pickle as he finds himself in a Thomas department centre with thousands of Thomas's in their department sheds and comes face to face with another version of himself and things start to go haywire for him and the others.

Storyline

Thomas is busy on his branch line when Ant & Dec tell everyone at Knapford that The Fat Controller and Dowager Hatt are going away on holiday and they will be keeping an eye on everyone. Ant then tells Thomas and Ashima to try and keep an eagle eye on Nia overnight near Tidmouth Sheds. But overnight, whilst Thomas is talking to Ashima about leaving Tidmouth Sheds, they fall asleep and then the scene then goes into a video game where a playable Thomas is trying to find Ducking but when he gets there, he gets defeated by Ducking's power beak. It turns out that Dory was playing a new game and gets frustrated with herself for not defeating Ducking. Marlin and Nemo then tell her not to worry about it and to just try again. But outside, whilst Nia is having a conversation with Thomas about why he left Tidmouth Sheds, a giant flying saucer-shaped machine who is operated by Scrat, who is still trying to get his acorn, accidentally takes Nia. Scrat then gets knocked out and is then controlled by Overlord. Thomas tries to rescue Nia, but is unsuccessful of doing so and goes to warn the other engines about the incident that happened and gathers Ashima, Percy, James, Rosie, Stanley and Pingu to the docks. Nia is then put into an engine cell in the Netherlands with some other engines including her friend from Africa, Kwaku who tells her that it's not nice to be put into a prison. Whilst back on Sodor, Thomas, Ashima, Percy, James, Rosie, Stanley and Pingu are getting ready to save Nia from Overlord. Thomas tells the Teletubbies to behave themselves and Dec tells Thomas if either of them are in trouble, he can use his utility belt (when in reality he can't when him and Ant are in charge). Salty then tells Thomas and the others a tale about the place where Nia is. After he does so and Manny, Sid and Diego decide to join the group and the MerseyGirls wish Thomas good luck, Thomas and the others get on board two separate ships. Thomas, Ashima, Pingu and Percy get onto one ship whilst James, Rosie and Stanley get on board another. Whilst travelling, on the first ship, Thomas worries if Nia will be okay. But Ashima tells him that she will be okay and she'll probably be waiting for them when they get there. Meanwhile in Netherlands, Nia is then sent to work by Overlord in disgrace. Nia then becomes very upset about this and wishes to go back to Sodor, but has to put up with it for the rest of her life (but what Overlord doesn't know is that he got the wrong orange engine). Later in the day, Thomas and the others have made it to the Netherlands to rescue Nia. Thomas then sends the others to go to several locations in which they think Nia could be in. Whilst doing so, Thomas finds a secret junction. So he follows it. Meanwhile, Nia's wheel accidentally comes off and Overlord becomes upset with that and then for punishment, puts Nia back into her cell with her broken wheel. Meanwhile whilst looking for Nia, Thomas then comes across an Isle that contains hundreds of Thomas's. Thomas then sees a version of himself with a metallic red buffer beam and silver buffers. Whilst looking, and then eventually getting captured and put in an engine shed. Percy, James, Rosie, Stanley and Pingu then take the fake Thomas and thinks that it's the real Thomas when it's not (Manny, Sid and Diego though have a bad feeling about the new Thomas). Ashima then rescues the real Thomas and goes to find the others. Scrat is however, coincidentally, trying to get out of the same place too but is caught by security and is put into the same cell that Nia is in along with his acorn. Back with the herd, James, Percy, Stanley, Rosie and Pingu are still believing that the new Thomas is the actual Thomas but Manny, Sid and Diego are getting tired of him, but have to put up with it. But then, Manny, Sid and Diego heat Ashima and the real Thomas's giggling and go after them in excitement. After the five of them are reunited, they try not to get spotted by the new Thomas. Eventually, the new Thomas, James, Percy, Stanley, Rosie and Pingu make it to the place where Nia is. But as soon as they are about to rescue Nia, they see the real Thomas. The new Thomas then is about to fight it until the others realise that the new Thomas is a clone and the real Thomas is the actual Thomas that they know. The real Thomas then has a conversation with the new Thomas. Later at night, Nia is freed from her cell and together, Real Thomas, New Thomas, Ashima, Nia, Percy, James, Rosie, Stanley, Pingu, Manny, Sid and Diego escape to the docks but are then blocked by Ducking (New Thomas's arch enemy). Whilst New Thomas and Ducking fight, Sid calls the Netherlands police to arrest Overlord. After New Thomas defeats Ducking, he says farewell to Thomas and the others. Thomas and the others are then transformed into humans via a Netherlands witch. And after Manny, Sid and Diego wish Thomas good luck and the three get on the ship, Thomas and the others are then joined by Scrat and together they try to escape. Thomas and the group are then blocked by Overlord and are dropped into the pit where they survive a magnet and try to escape an incinerator and get saved at the last second by Elsa.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Harvey
  • Spencer
  • Rosie
  • Stanley
  • Belle
  • Porter
  • Glynn
  • Ryan
  • Ashima
  • Rajiv
  • Theo
  • Lexi
  • Hurricane
  • Merlin
  • Nia
  • Kwaku
  • Rebecca
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • Mavis
  • Salty
  • Sidney
  • Paxton
  • Philip
  • Hugo
  • The Mainland Diesels
  • Frankie
  • Marion
  • Skiff
  • Rheneas
  • Skarloey
  • Sir Handel
  • Duncan
  • Victor
  • Luke
  • Millie
  • Rex
  • Bert
  • Mike
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Toad
  • Judy and Jerome
  • Bertie
  • Trevor
  • Harold
  • Bulgy
  • Cranky
  • Carly
  • Big Mickey
  • Dory
  • Marlin
  • Nemo
  • Pingu
  • Tinky Winky
  • Dipsy
  • Laa-Laa
  • Po
  • Elsa
  • Manny
  • Sid
  • Diego
  • Scrat
  • Ellie
  • Crash
  • Eddie
  • Peaches
  • Shira
  • Oh
  • Tip
  • Ant & Dec
  • Paddy McGuinness
  • Chris Harris
  • Freddie Flintoff
  • The Fat Controller
  • Julia (MerseyGirls)
  • Alice (MerseyGirls)
  • Becky (MerseyGirls)
  • Annie (MerseyGirls)
  • Kate (MerseyGirls)
  • Emily (MerseyGirls)
  • Chelsea (MerseyGirls)
  • Fey (MerseyGirls; does not speak)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • The White Tank Engine (cameo)
  • The Dark Red Tank Engine (cameo)
  • The Brown Tender Engine (cameo)
  • The Grey Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Winston (cameo)
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Farmer Finney (cameo)

Characters Introduced

  • New Thomas
  • Ducking
  • Overlord

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

  • Mark Moraghan as The Narrator
  • John Hasler as Thomas, New Thomas and Rheneas
  • Kieth Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, Harvey, Glynn, Salty, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Bert, Bertie and The Fat Controller
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Toby, Donald, Big Mickey and Ducking
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy, Trevor and Overlord
  • Steven Kynman as Duck and Porter
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Cranky and Stanley
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachel Miller as Rebecca
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan and Rex
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike and Jerome
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy
  • Lucy Montgomery as Carly
  • Ellen DeGeneres as Dory
  • Albert Brooks as Marlin
  • Hayden Rolance as Nemo
  • David Thomason as Tinky Winky
  • John Simmit as Dipsy
  • Nikky Smedley as Laa-Laa
  • Pui Fan Lee as Po
  • Idina Menzal as Elsa
  • Ray Romano as Manny
  • John Jeguizamo as Sid
  • Denis Leary as Diego
  • Chris Wedge as Scrat
  • Queen Latifah as Ellie
  • Seann William Scott as Crash
  • Josh Peck as Eddie
  • Keke Palmer as Peaches
  • Jennifer Lopez as Shira
  • Jim Parsons as Oh
  • Rihanna as Tip
  • Anthony McPartlin as Ant
  • Declan Donnelly as Dec
  • Julia Charlie as Julia (MerseyGirls)
  • Alice Charlie as Alice (MerseyGirls)
  • Becky Jordan as Becky (MerseyGirls)
  • Kate Newman as Kate (MerseyGirls)
  • Annie Winstanley as Annie (MerseyGirls)
  • Emily Chapman as Emily (MerseyGirls)
  • Chelsea Evans as Chelsea (MerseyGirls)

US and CAN

  • Mark Moraghan as The Narrator
  • Joseph May as Thomas and New Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward and Toby
  • Kerry Shale as Henry and Gordon
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Donald, Stanley, Big Mickey and Ducking
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy and Trevor
  • John Hasler as Rheneas
  • Steven Kynman as Duck
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Kieth Wickham as Harvey, Glynn, Salty, Bert, Bertie and The Fat Controller
  • Nigel Pilkington as Overlord
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer and Cranky
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachel Miller as Rebecca
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan and Rex
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike and Jerome
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy
  • Lucy Montgomery as Carly
  • Ellen DeGeneres as Dory
  • Albert Brooks as Marlin
  • Hayden Rolance as Nemo
  • David Thomason as Tinky Winky
  • John Simmit as Dipsy
  • Nikky Smedley as Laa-Laa
  • Pui Fan Lee as Po
  • Idina Menzal as Elsa
  • Ray Romano as Manny
  • John Jeguizamo as Sid
  • Denis Leary as Diego
  • Chris Wedge as Scrat
  • Queen Latifah as Ellie
  • Seann William Scott as Crash
  • Josh Peck as Eddie
  • Keke Palmer as Peaches
  • Jennifer Lopez as Shira
  • Jim Parsons as Oh
  • Rihanna as Tip
  • Anthony McPartlin as Ant
  • Declan Donnelly as Dec
  • Julia Charlie as Julia (MerseyGirls)
  • Alice Charlie as Alice (MerseyGirls)
  • Becky Jordan as Becky (MerseyGirls)
  • Kate Newman as Kate (MerseyGirls)
  • Annie Winstanley as Annie (MerseyGirls)
  • Emily Chapman as Emily (MerseyGirls)
  • Chelsea Evans as Chelsea (MerseyGirls)

Trivia

  • The "Wrong Thomas" scene is a bit similar to the "Wrong Buzz" scene from Toy Story 2.
  • The "Pit" scene is a lot similar to the "Treadmill" scene from Toy Story 3. For instance:
    • The heroes try to escape, but when they are unable to escape, they except their death. But at the last second, they are rescued.
      • The Aliens saved Woody and the gang in Toy Story 3.
      • Elsa saved Thomas and the others in this movie.
  • This is the first movie to be normal pitched in theatrical releases and a littie high pitched in the DVD release.
    • That's because it's the first movie to be produced by Disney.Pixar as well as Hit Entertainment.
  • The songs, Alive by Sia and Feel the Light by Jennifer Lopez, is used in the end credits.
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