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“I was happy to be really Really Useful pulling goods and taking passengers and it was like I had my very own musical soundtrack!”
―Thomas

Batucada is the sixth episode of the twenty-third series.

Plot

People are getting ready for the carnival and it's music (which is known as Batucada) is heard at the Docks where Thomas and Gabriela are working. Thomas enjoys the music and wishes he could stay to listen, but he has some vehicle parts and iron pellets to deliver. While Thomas is delivering his trucks, his loads begin making a rhythmic noise that Fernando compliments Thomas on and tells him he could do it for the carnival.

Thomas soon comes across a batucada band playing their music. Unfortunately, they've missed their train, so Thomas gives them a lift in his brakevan. This makes Thomas feel happy to be really useful and to have the music playing along with him. After Thomas drops the band off, they offer to have him be part of the carnival and start once he comes back around.

Thomas soon drops off his trucks and leaves to get to the carnival, but is dismayed that he doesn't have his musical trucks with him and tries to take something else. He then bumps into a tanker and thinks he can use it, but it makes a horrible clanking sound just as he arrives at the carnival. The people don't like the sound of it, and the band leader tells Thomas that they didn't need his musical trucks to kickstart the carnival; they just needed his whistle. This makes Thomas happy to be part of the carnival.

Characters

Locations

Cast

UK, AUS, NZ and MYS

US and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Monica Lopera as Gabriela
  • Laura Cucurullo as Cassia and Female Batucada Player
  • Gabriel Porras as Fernando
  • Francisco Labbe as a Batucada Player
  • Federico Trujillo as a Batucada Player and a Workman

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the eighth episode of the twenty-third series.
  • During Thomas' fantasy, he plays a variation of Big World! Big Adventures!
  • This is the first time a one-word title has been used for an episode since the eighth series episode Halloween.
  • Federico Trujillo joins the cast.
  • The top part of the calliope that was used in Thomas' fantasy was taken from the sixteenth series episode, Percy and the Calliope.
  • This episode marks Fernando's first appearance in an episode and his only speaking role in the twenty-third series and his last speaking role to date.
  • Amongst the parts on Thomas' flatbed are some of Theo's cogwheels and one of Gordon's cylinders painted grey.

Goofs

  • In the first scene of Thomas talking to Gabriela, he is sunken into the rails.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Batucada
Dutch Batucada
Finnish Batucada
German Karneval in Rio
Italian Batucada
Japanese トーマスとカーニバル
Korean 바투카다
Latin American Spanish Batucada
Polish Batucada
Russian Батукада
Spanish Butacada
Turkish Batucada

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