Storytime with Thomas (partially found Fox Family series; 1999-2000)

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StorytimeWithThomasOpeningTitle.jpg

The show's title card.

Status: Partially Found

Storytime with Thomas was a series created by Britt Allcroft for the short-lived Fox Family channel (now known as Freeform). The show ran for 40 episodes between September 6th, 1999[1] to May 26th, 2000 and was a compilation of two episodes of the American dub of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends (Season 1-5), a song from the series and an episode of The Magic Adventures of Mumfie (which was also created by Britt Allcroft)[2]. The series marks the first time Season 5 of the former airs on American television (since Shining Time Station ended it's run four years earlier) and the first appearance of actor Alec Baldwin as the show's narrator, following a handful home media releases of his episodes just months prior to the show's premiere.

A large majority of Baldwin's episodes of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends and The Magic Adventures of Mumfie can be found today and have seen several home media and streaming releases, but Storytime With Thomas itself is very elusive and very little of its run has resurfaced.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

# Song Thomas Episode Mumfie Episode Thomas Episode Status Notes
1 Let's Have a Race A Surprise for Percy Scarecrow's Birthday Surprise Snow Partially Lost Aired September 6th, 1999.
2 The Island Song Bye George! Scarecrow's New Best Friend Double Teething Troubles Partially Lost Aired September 7th, 1999.
3 Really Useful Engine Happy Ever After All Work and No Play Busy Going Backwards Partially Lost Aired September 8th, 1999.
4 Toby Toby and the Flood The Black Cat Disappears Toby's Discovery Partially Lost Aired September 15th, 1999; Baldwin narrations and "Toby" song are online.
5 Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Cranky Bugs If The Hat Fits Horrid Lorry Partially Lost Aired September 10th, 1999.
6 Unknown Something in the Air Scarecrowella Oliver's Find Partially Lost Aired September 9th, 1999; Baldwin narrations are online.
7 Unknown Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach Unknown Thomas and the Rumors Partially Lost Aired September 11th, 1999; Baldwin narrations are online.
8 Unknown James and the Trouble with Trees The Bird House Make Someone Happy Partially Lost Aired September 12th, 1999; Baldwin narrations are online.
9 Unknown Lady Hatt's Birthday Party Bristle's Holiday Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday Partially Lost Aired September 13th, 1999; Baldwin narrations are online.
10 Unknown Stepney Gets Lost The Perils Of Pearl Rusty and the Boulder Partially Lost Aired September 14th, 1999; Baldwin narrations are online.
11 Unknown A Better View for Gordon Captain Jellybean's Treasure Gordon and the Gremlin Partially Lost Aired September 16th, 1999; Baldwin narrations are online.
12 Accidents Will Happen Diesel Does it Again The Lost Cloud Escape Partially Found Aired circa. 2000; Accidents Will Happen is online.
13 Don't Judge a Book by its Cover Old Iron Sunrise, Sunset Wrong Road Partially Found Aired circa. 2000; Don't Judge a Book by its Cover is online.
14 Don't Judge a Book by its Cover Woolly Bear Unknown Steam Roller Partially Found Aired circa. 2000; Don't Judge a Book by its Cover is online.
15 Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Henry's Forest A Foggy Day Percy's Promise Lost
16 Gone Fishing Percy Proves a Point Mind Over Manners Percy, James and the Fruitful Day Lost
17 Gone Fishing Thomas Gets Bumped Abominable Pinky Thomas, Percy and the Dragon Partially Found Aired circa. 2000; Gone Fishing is online.
18 The Island Song No Joke for James A Fishy Tale Train Stops Play Partially Lost Aired circa. 2000.
19 It's Great to be an Engine Gordon and the Famous Visitor Case of the Missing Sand Paint Pots and Queens Partially Found Aired circa. 2000; It's Great to be an Engine is online.
20 Sir Topham Hatt Toby's Tightrope The Star Duster Rusty to the Rescue Partially Lost
21 The Snow Song The Diseasel Unknown One Good Turn Partially Found Aired circa. 2000; The Snow Song is online.
22 Thomas' Anthem Percy and the Signal It Won't Be All Right on the Night Donald's Duck Lost
23 Unknown Bulls Eyes Unknown Percy's Predicament Lost
24 Unknown Daisy Unknown A Cow on the Line Lost
25 Unknown Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party Unknown A Scarf for Percy Lost
26 Unknown Four Little Engines Unknown A Bad Day for Sir Handel Lost
27 Unknown James Goes Buzz Buzz Unknown Tender Engines Lost
28 Unknown Oliver Owns Up Making A Stand Gallant Old Engine Lost
29 Unknown Thomas and the Special Letter Days Without Night Thomas and Stepney Lost
30 Unknown Thomas Comes to Breakfast Up, Up, And Away! Bulldog Lost
31 Unknown Sleeping Beauty Unknown Duncan Gets Spooked Partially Found Baldwin's narration of "Duncan Gets Spooked" is online.
32 Unknown Snow Pinky's First Winter Thomas' Christmas Party Partially Found Baldwin's narration of "Snow" is online.
33 Percy's Seaside Trip Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost
34 Come for the Ride Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost
35 Harold the Helicopter Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost
36 Night Train Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost
37 Donald's Duck Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost
38 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost
39 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost
40 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Lost

Availability[edit | edit source]

Since a large amount of content that aired on Fox Family is obscure and elusive, Storytime With Thomas is lost. The shows featured in Storytime With Thomas are no stranger to home media releases and many of them have materialized in the decades since Storytime With Thomas last aired (while Mumfie has received the least home media releases than Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends), with streaming releases like Netflix and Amazon Prime also popping up over the years. Only six episodes (with the Mumfie episodes cut out) have surfaced on YouTube. Disney bought Fox Family in 2001 (and rebranded as ABC Family) and as a result, a lot of the channel's original programming got vaulted including Mister Moose's Fun Time (which carried episodes of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends while Season 5 was in production) and a revival of Captain Kangaroo. It can be assumed that Storytime With Thomas was vaulted as well, but with the show's rights to broadcast on American television constantly changing hands throughout the years, this remains to be seen.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Thomas & Friends[edit | edit source]

Thomas the Tank Engine[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

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