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‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ Full Renewal for the First Time in 12 Years Announced New Character Designers & Voice Actors | ORICON NEWS

The “Thomas the Tank Engine” series, loved by children all over the world, celebrated its 77th year since the publication of the original book. Thomas’ visual world, which started in 1990 as a model animation using dolls, has been fully renewed for the first time in 12 years after 3DCG from 2010 (*1). TV broadcasting from this winter and the latest movie version “Thomas the Tank Engine Aim! Dream Champion Cup” will be released in the spring of 2023. Today, a special report was released that the 2D character after the full renewal will show unprecedented movements and new voices for the first time.

“Thomas the Tank Engine” is fully renewed for the first time in 12 years! The latest movie featuring the new Japanese character “Kana” will be released in the spring of 2023 (C) 2022 Gullane (Thomas) Limited.

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Thomas and his friends have been the “children’s first friends” for three generations. Unlike the past, which has pursued reality, TV broadcasting will start this winter, and from the series 25, the highlights are the comical expressions that make use of the expressions unique to 2D animation, and the bold and acrobatic movements that are not tied to the railroad tracks. To. Using chimney smoke and electric discharge light, the expressive power of communication unique to “Kikansha” has also been improved. Everyone becomes a “singing train”.

Trajectory of Thomas transformation (from left) 1990 puppet show → 2010 3DCG → 2022 2D (C) 2022 Gullane (Thomas) Limited.

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The members of Thomas’ home “Tidmouth Institution” are also replaced. In addition to Thomas, Percy, and Nia, a new character from Japan, Kana, and Diesel, who has been a mischievous character, will be added to the five elite regular members (even if they disappear from the locomotive, Gordon We are running fine on the island of Sodor).

The voice actors have also been renewed, so that all the characters can sing Minami Tanaka (11th Voice Actor Award Newcomer Award) as Thomas, Kanade Koshino (8th 81 Audition Studio Dean Award) as Percy, Rumi Okubo as Kana (No. 3 times 81 Audition Excellence Award / 7th Voice Actor Award New Actress Award), Erina Koga for the role of Nia, Momoko Yamafuji for the role of Diesel, among young voice actors with singing ability were selected.

The movie is a story about a race that everyone loves, set on the island of Sodor. There are plenty of movements that have never been seen before, such as Thomas rotating 360 degrees on the track like a roller coaster, tilting the wheel and singing, characters jumping and high-fiving with smoke. Not only the new appearance and voice of Thomas, but also the movement of the new Japanese character “Kana” of the girl train, which will be introduced following “Bullet Train Kenji”, will be shown for the first time. Until the start of the new series, a short story video will be released as a countdown on YouTube’s “Thomas the Tank Engine Channel”.

*1 = The full CG version of Series 13 was released in 2009 in the UK and the US, and in 2010 in Japan.

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