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Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave

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Tale of the Brave is a 2014 direct-to-video CGI animated musical horror adventure film of Thomas & Friends.[1] The animation was provided by Arc Productions.

Tale of the Brave
Directed by Rob Silvestri
Produced by Brian Lynch and Robert Anderson (Arc Productions)
Ian McCue (Hit Entertainment)
Written by Andrew Brenner
Starring Ben Small
Martin Sherman
Keith Wickham
Kerry Shale
Matt Wilkinson
Teresa Gallagher
Jules de Jongh
Narrated by Mark Moraghan
Music by Robert Hartshorne
Peter Hartshorne
Distributed by HIT Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (US)
Release date
September 1, 2014 (UK)
September 16, 2014 (US)
Running time
60 minutes (UK)
62 minutes (US)

The film stars Ben Small and Martin Sherman as Thomas the Tank Engine in the UK and the US respectively. Co-stars include Keith Wickham, Kerry Shale, William Hope and Teresa Gallagher. This is the last movie to have Ben Small and Martin Sherman in the voice cast.[2]Tim Whitnall, Clive Mantle and Olivia Colman join the cast.



A bridge on Thomas' Branch Line is closed for maintenance, but around the Clay Pits, a lighting flash reveals giant footprints on the slope above. The Fat Controller sends Thomas to the docks, then he returns to investigate the footprints, but he is interrupted by a new steam shovel, Marion, for an warning sign about the earlier landslides. When taking the mail, Percy mistakes almost everything around him for a monster and ends up asking Thomas to take the mail for him next night. The next morning, Gator has missed his ship, but explains how he became so brave: his mountain supplying required him to cross a bridge, but he only crossed it realizing the village needs the supplies. When Oliver breaks down, Gator collects Oliver's trucks, but Gator's lamp keeps going out. James sees a strange, greeting shape, causing him to run off past a red signal, and crash into the pond on the Fenland Track.

As Percy is making his mail run, he is unaware that James is pushing the Scrap Monster toward him from the opposite direction. He sees the pile and knowing it is not Gator, runs back to the sheds and begs Thomas to tell the other engines about the footprints, but Thomas stays silent. Percy is delivering the previous night's mail, when Gator pulls by him, and at the Suspension Bridge, Gator gets to cross when Percy does so, but Gator is, in fact, leaving by ship that night. Meanwhile, Thomas sees James pushing the Scrap Monster and pressures James to apoligize to Percy.

The red engine tries, but the little tank vows to prove his bravery and goes missing that evening, with his mail on a siding. Topham sends Thomas to find Percy and bring his train. At the docks, Percy is being loaded onto Gator's ship as well by a very doubtful Cranky. At the sheds, James jokes that Percy is probably hunting for monsters, and Thomas tricks James into going to the pits with him. As Thomas rushes into the docks, the ship is already leaving, so Cranky begins slowing it with his hook, but he begins leaning over. Hearing that the stop was because of Percy, he and Gator explain that Cranky had unloaded Percy a half-hour ago.

Percy is about to face the monster himself, but James, to show how much more brave he is, blows loudly to provoke it, only to cause a footprint to fall near Percy, then several rocks fall between the warning Thomas and the two engines. Suddenly, James sees a dinosaur skull, and hesitating to go forward, Percy buffers up to James to get him to safety. The landslide by now destroys most of the quarry, while Marilon catches the flying skull from hitting Percy, and she explains fossils to a very intrigued Bill and Ben, before digging Percy out. Percy is done being repaired when Thomas and James apologise. At the docks, Percy is just in time to say farewell to Gator, as his ship leaves.


Actor/Actress Region Role(s)
Mark Moraghan UK/US The Narrator
Ben Small UK Thomas
UK/US Troublesome Trucks
Martin Sherman US Thomas and Percy
Keith Wickham UK Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy and the Fat Controller
UK/US Salty and a shunter
Kerry Shale US Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt
William Hope Edward and the Dock Manager
Teresa Gallagher UK/US Annie and Clarabel
UK Emily
Jules de Jongh US
Glenn Wrage Cranky
Matt Wilkinson UK Cranky and Kevin
Steven Kynman Porter and the Dock Manager
David Menkin US Porter
Jonathan Broadbent UK/US Bill and Ben
Mike Grady Sir Robert Norramby
Bob Golding Some Dock workers
Tim Whitnall Timothy and Reg
Clive Mantle Gator
Olivia Colman Marion


  1. ^ "Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave". Universal Studios Entertainment. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Special Tanks and Goodbye To Ben Small". October 26, 2014. 

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