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6 February 2019

Trains of thought.

by Andrew MacGregor

Thomas & Friends: “The Wonder of Why” - 60s

Sorry, John Humphrys - no-one asks more pressing questions than children. No subject is taboo, no query is too trivial, and God help anyone who provides an unsatisfactory answer.

Such inquisitive zeal drives this charming piece of work for Thomas & Friends (hitherto known as Thomas the Tank Engine), as children stump and wrong-foot their parents with a variety of questions.

Some are more left-field than others: one child asks "Why do I have to wash my hands?", while another asks on a visit to a petting zoo: "Why can't I speak pig?" The latter's reaction to a bitey hog is an additional highlight.

The end result is a lovely compendium of curiosity, with the brand a recurring sidekick in the form of toys, books, and playsets. Thanks to director Karen Cunningham's sure hand, it's a convincing bid to place Thomas & co. at the core of imaginative play.

TV Producer: Amber Clayton / Emma Eaton (Ass'nt) @ Arthur and Martha Ⓟ Ⓦ
Film Production: Thomas Thomas Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Karen Cunningham ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Christian Gill
Cinematographer: Callan Green
Editor: Steve Ackroyd @ Final Cut

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