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Whether or not the fan film had any actual bearing on the Day of the Diesels film is another matter (I couldn't possibly comment: we don't know what the development of Day of the Diesels was like behind the scenes, but it is very clear a lot of cuts to the film have been made in various locations); it is however, interesting to note the similarities and the differences between them.

It was this, amongst the various obvious cuts that made it feel at times that Day of the Diesels was a just collection of cut scenes mashed together, with lots of running around between variously wonderfully animated sets, but with a lot of talk and not enough real action or plot development inbetween.

Whether or not the fan film had any actual bearing on the Day of the Diesels film is another matter (I couldn't possibly comment: we don't know what the development of Day of the Diesels was like behind the scenes, but it is very clear a lot of cuts to the film have been made in various locations); it is however, interesting to note the similarities and the differences between them.

So here's my take on it all. Ask yourself these questions when thinking on Day of the Diesels:

Did the plot of this film actually make sense to you?

Did you notice the various cuts and changes to character's cleaniness throughout the film, indicating heavy editing?

Or what about the sheer number of merchandizable characters that have been seen in advertisements but are yet to actually speak in either specials or the TV series?

What about the nature of Diesel 10's character - did that make sense? Was he remotely scary? Did he have anything beyond the claw to back up the hype?

Was there enough original material here to make this film stand out amongst the others?

Agonizingly, the potential of the CGI to come good with the different voice actors and similar, comes alive in various moments. The rat, scurrying across the gantry at the Diesel works. "I like jokes!" - from Dart. Everything Keith Wickham says as the Fat Controller or Dowager Hatt. The sheer movement of animals and people on set, and the burning buildings and their fires being put out.


The quality is there in spades in all but the writing. I feel like a broken record, always repeating myself, a voice which becomes more irritating and more agonizing every time you hear it...that's right!

But how can I react positively to a film which simply isn't up to scratch? A nonsensical plot, which may or may not be the result of several obvious cuts to a film which may have been much longer.

Was the original script heavily edited at an executive level, or not? I can't say, to be fair to Ms Miller, although the rhyming was still present, it wasn't quite as forced and shambolic as Misty Island Rescue. Thank goodness for small mercies.

The sheer potential of the ingredients for this special frustrate any fan, and will infuriate any parent who actually takes the time to watch this with their children, instead of plonking them down in front of the television to keep them quiet, "because it's Thomas and it's good".

No - it's not good enough. Not good enough by far still. Too many problems with plot holes - too many dangerous and imitable acts still.

"Characters" which are sold as toys and never speak a word.

It's all too cynically promoted and too underdeveloped, I'm afraid. Day of the Diesels is extremely poor, and because it makes very little sense from one scene to another, you have to say - grudgingly - that Misty Island Rescue is better in that respect.

I never thought I'd say that Misty Island Rescue had more of a storyline than any future special, yet here we are.

I'm sorry chaps - nothing is going to beat Hero of the Rails for a good while yet, so long as the writing at both a script and executive level continues to blight the otherwise exceptional look and feel of the series.

It makes me feel very blue for the future of Thomas & Friends. Very blue indeed.

How the negative reviewer supposedly makes a mountain out of a molehill with regards any Thomas & Friends episode/special (let alone Day of the Diesels) is a complete mystery to me, particularly with regards the writing.

Future specials are going to be as poor; if not worse than this, if they continue in this vein.

That so many fans out there on Youtube, on Blogger, Wiki sites and even on SiF, who are being overwhelmingly positive, but only in respect to the characters introduced and their basic roles speaks volumes to me.

Heads in sand time again: the "shiny shiny" of the special overrides everything else, including the basic storyline.

No one who is being negative about the contents of this special is overreacting here. The writing within the version we are seeing is terrible, there are no two ways about it.

Would the missing scenes (rest assured, if you look carefully enough you will know there are at least two, if not three major scenes that we haven't seen, which have been cut) have improved the special? We may never know. Those scenes may not ever come to light.

I hope they do, I hope a Director's Cut follows in a few years so we can see what it would have looked like compared to the original script and vision of its head writer and director. I can well believe, on that basis, that the problems of this special are not all the fault of Sharon Miller's writing by any means.

There's too many obvious little cuts, here and there, where engines are clean then suddenly dirty, where engines are placed in one location, then magically in another in the same scene, or even where cars and people are placed and then suddenly move.

In the respect of its overall quality, Day of the Diesels fits the trend set by Misty Island Rescue, through to season 14, and fits perfectly between that and Season 15 (as it was meant to, until Season 15 aired earlier than expected).

In other words: it looks utterly beautiful, but is badly let down by poor writing once again.