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“Why does Luke have to hide away like that? Why is he so scared of being found? What could he have done that could be bad enough to be sent away from Sodor?”
― Thomas

Blue Mountain Mystery is a 2012 feature-length Thomas & Friends special. It is the seventh Thomas & Friends film overall.

Plot

It is a busy day at the Blue Mountain Quarry and as Paxton is pulling away from Owen with his loaded trucks, the keystone from Blondin Bridge falls down from above. Rheneas is traveling towards the crumbling bridge with his heavy slate trucks which push him across, unable to stop. Rheneas and his train manage to clear the bridge just before it gives way, and he thunders down the line at high speed, knocking into tunnel walls. When he comes to a stop, he is badly scratched, but not hurt. Paxton, on the other hand, has not been so lucky and has been derailed by rubble from the bridge. He is in need of urgent repair.

On Thomas' Branch Line, Thomas is working with Annie and Clarabel when a small red car lurches around the bend carrying the Fat Controller. Thomas is surprised, but the Fat Controller explains that it is Winston, his new track inspection vehicle. The Fat Controller tells Thomas that Paxton has been involved in an accident and that he is to take Paxton's place working at the Blue Mountain Quarry.

Thomas hurries to the quarry and spends the day working hard with his narrow gauge friends. When evening arrives, Thomas takes his trucks to Brendam Docks and returns to Tidmouth Sheds for the night. The next morning, Thomas is shunting trucks in the quarry when a mysterious green engine darts from a tunnel. Thomas introduces himself, but the little green engine does not reply and quickly rattles into another tunnel. Thomas asks Sir Handel who the green engine is, but Sir Handel tells Thomas he must have mistaken it for a runaway truck and hurries away. Then Thomas sees the green engine pulling slate trucks. He asks Rheneas who he is, but Rheneas says that he does not know. Later on, Thomas sees the little green engine emerge from behind a shed. Thomas calls out to him, but the engine races away. Thomas decides to ask Rusty about the green engine, but the little diesel hastily tells Thomas that it must have been a mountain goat and rolls quickly away. Thomas makes his way to Skarloey, in hope that he will be able to tell him about the green engine. Just then, the little engine reappears and screeches to a halt right beside Thomas. They both freeze and stare at each other before he races toward a tunnel.

Just then, Rheneas puffs out of the tunnel, accidentally blocking the little engine's path. It tries reversing backwards, but Sir Handel and Peter Sam arrive and accidentaly block the only ways out, until Rheneas clears a path for the little engine, who races back into the tunnel; throughout all this, Thomas watched in confusion, but overheard the narrow gauge engines referring to the little engine as "Luke". Thomas then confronts Skarloey and asks him who Luke is, why he keeps puffing away and why none of the others will talk about him. Skarloey decides that since Thomas is a friend, he can be let in on the secret. Skarloey tells Thomas that long ago Luke did something very bad and that he thinks if anyone finds him, he will be sent away from Sodor forever.

That night, Thomas asks his friends at Tidmouth Sheds what the worst thing an engine could do is. The engines think hard and Percy remembers the time when he tried to sneak up on the coaches, but ran into a baggage trolley and covered himself and the Fat Controller in jam. Henry thinks of the time that he did not want his paint to be spoiled and stayed in the tunnel, only to be bricked up inside. Thomas recalls the time he ignored a "Danger" sign and fell down a mine. James mentions the time Diesel pushed the Jobi wood trucks into the sea, though they all agree that none of that was bad enough to be sent away from Sodor.

The next morning, Blue Mountain Quarry is very busy. Rocky is moving stones from Blondin Bridge. Thomas arrives and finds Rheneas complaining to Skarloey about needing a new coat of paint after his accident. Thomas tells Skarloey that he has asked his friends and they have all decided that nothing is bad enough for an engine to be sent away forever. Skarloey turns stern and asks Thomas if he has told his friends about Luke. Thomas says that he has not told them and that he wants to help Luke and be his friend. Skarloey is satisfied and reverses down the line. He does not see Rocky lifting rocks across his track. Thomas shouts out a warning and Skarloey manages to stop just in time. Skarloey thanks Thomas who is pleased that he is able to trust him.

As Thomas works, Luke puffs out of hiding and pulls up alongside Thomas. Luke apologises for hiding and tells him that he was scared. Luke then asks Thomas if they can be friends. Thomas is very pleased and the two engines work together contently. Suddenly, the sound of a horn echoes around the quarry. This startles Luke who quickly goes into hiding. Winston whizzes around the bend carrying both the Fat and Thin Controller and pulls up beside Thomas. The two controllers thank Thomas for his hard work and tell him that Paxton is now fixed and will be resuming his usual duties at the quarry. With that, Winston rattles away. Thomas rolls over to Luke's tunnel and says goodbye. Thomas asks Luke about what he did to fear being sent away from Sodor. The little engine promises to tell Thomas if he tells no one else. Thomas agrees to keep the secret and Luke tells Thomas that it all happened when he first arrived on Sodor. On the boat he arrived on, there was a yellow engine who spoke a different language that Luke could not understand. When they arrived at the docks, the men wanted to lift the yellow engine off first, but an excited Luke asked to be lifted off first. The dock workers agreed. As Luke pauses ominously, Thomas asks him to continue. Luke then tells Thomas that he knocked the yellow engine into the sea. Luke then recalls having to go to the Steamworks, but all he could think about was the yellow engine. The yellow engine was left in the sea for a long time and when he was finally lifted out, he was rusty and ruined. The yellow engine was never seen again and Luke assumes he must have been sent to the Smelter's Yard as he was not fit to work. Suddenly, Thomas hears Skarloey shouting at Paxton who bolts out from behind some trucks. Thomas questions what Paxton is doing and the diesel stutters that he has come to take over from Thomas and Paxton speeds away. Thomas looks back towards Luke, but the little engine has vanished. Thomas calls a final goodbye into the tunnel and leaves.

The next morning, Thomas asks Toby to work on his branch line while he sets out to find the yellow engine. At the Sodor Dieselworks, Thomas spots loads of engine parts, but none of them yellow. As Thomas rolls out onto the forecourt, he hears something that makes his boiler run cold; Paxton is telling Diesel all about Luke and what he had done all those years ago. Diesel is adamant that he does not want an engine that is capable of knocking another engine into the sea on the island. He tells Paxton that they will tell the Fat Controller who will tell the Thin Controller and together they will send Luke away forever. Thomas does not want to hear another word and steams away as fast as he can. Diesel sees Thomas and tells Paxton that they must find out what trickery Thomas is doing.

As Thomas races down the line, he attempts to ask Cranky about the yellow engine and suddenly gains an idea; the rusty engine would have been taken to the Sodor Steamworks. When Thomas puffs in, he asks Victor if he recalls fixing a yellow engine that had fallen into the sea and spoke a different language. Victor stops dead in his tracks and makes an exclamation in Spanish. Thomas realises that Victor was the yellow engine that had fallen into the sea. Victor then tells Thomas what had happened; While he was on the boat, a big wave broke the weak chains holding him to the ship's deck. Victor remembers calling to the dock workers, but they could not understand his language. As Luke was being lifted, he swayed on the end of the hook and knocked into Victor into the sea. Because of the bad weather, Victor was left in the water for a long time and when he was taken out, he was in a terrible state. As no one could understand him, Victor decided to learn English and since he was in need of a repaint, his first word was "red" as that was the colour he wanted to be.

Thomas races away from the Steamworks, determined to reach the Blue Mountain Quarry before Paxton and Diesel. While heading to the quarry he sees Diesel with Paxton telling the Fat Controller what Paxton told him. But the Fat Controller does not know what he is talking about and orders Diesel to push Mavis to the Dieselworks for repair and for Paxton to work at the quarry. As they leave, Thomas races to the quarry. As he arrives, Luke puffs out from the quarry hills to greet Thomas who calls out that he has spoken to Victor about the incident, but gets interrupted, then is unable to say more when Skarloey asks what he did. Skarloey interrupts him and tells Thomas that he had made a promise not to mention Luke to the other engines. All the engines are cross, including Luke. They all tell Thomas that he is no longer their friend. Diesel's horn echoes around the quarry, he pulls up behind Thomas with Paxton close behind. Diesel looks up and spies Luke at the top of a hill. Thomas tells the little engines not to listen to Diesel, and asks them to let him explain, but now knows that his narrow gauge friends will not let him explain his side of the story and feel that Thomas has let them and Luke down.

Thomas puffs to the foot of the hill and begs Rocky to lift him onto Owen's platform so that he can reach Luke and explain to him. Owen starts to pull Thomas slowly up the hill. Diesel shouts up to Luke, telling him that Thomas cannot help him now and that he will have to leave the island. Luke believes Diesel and raced away as Thomas rises towards him. Diesel tells Paxton to bring the Fat Controller, but Thomas tells him to go to the Steamworks to get Victor. As Thomas reaches the top of the incline, he shoots off the platform to chase after Luke, but Thomas has forgotten that the lines in the hills are for narrow gauge engines’ wheels only. Thomas tries to back onto the platform, but his wheels cannot grip. Instead, Thomas rolls forwards and is soon hanging dangerously over the cliff's edge.

The little engines see that Thomas is in trouble, and they all immediately forget to be cross, instead being worried about him. Luke buffers up behind Thomas and declares that he must help save his friend. Thomas laughs in relief, but finds that he is not out of danger yet. As Thomas rolls onto Owen's platform again, Luke slips onto the platform too. The platform groans under the weight of the two engines and gives way. The two engines hurtle toward the quarry floor at a tremendous rate. Owen tugs at the winch in order to slow down the platform. It finally bounces to a stop at a lower level of the quarry. All of the engines cheer and whistle, pleased that no one was hurt.

Suddenly, Winston arrives carrying the Thin and Fat Controller. The latter is furious to find Thomas causing confusion and delay at the quarry, instead of working his branch line. The Thin Controller orders Rocky to lift Thomas and Luke down. Diesel oils forwards to explain to the Fat Controller about Luke. Thomas does not have time to reply before Paxton enters the quarry, pushing Victor on a flatbed. Victor has come to meet an engine he has not seen in a very long time. He tells Luke that he did not push him off the boat, he slipped off and it was an accident. Luke does not believe that Victor is the same engine as the one that plummeted into the sea until Victor speaks in his native language. The Fat Controller realises that Diesel was wrong, and tells him it is always important to find out the entire story, because what really happened is what really matters. the Thin Controller welcomes Luke to his railway, and the Fat Controller tells Thomas he is proud of him, and will forgive him for not working on his branch line. Luke is happy for the first time in a long time, and he tells both controllers that Thomas is his hero and his friend.

A few days later, Thomas goes to the Steamworks. Luke is there with Victor who jokes that he has found a yellow engine. Rheneas then puffs out of the Steamworks smiling. He has been given a new coat of bright yellow paint. Thomas beams from buffer-to-buffer; a bright new colour really does mean a new life for his friends, and he and everyone else laughs.

Characters

Characters Introduced

Locations

Cast

UK

US

  • Martin Sherman as Thomas and Percy
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby and Rocky
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, James, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival and Some Workmen
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily and Mavis
  • Keith Wickham as Skarloey and Sir Handel
  • Ben Small as Rheneas and Owen
  • Michael Legge as Luke
  • Steven Kynman as Paxton and Peter Sam
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Cuban Dock Workers
  • Matt Wilkinson as Rusty, Winston and Merrick
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Michael Brandon as Diesel

Bonus Features

UK, IRL and AUS

US

  • "Blue Mountain Hide & Peep Game"
  • "Learn About Standard and Narrow Gauge Engines" video
  • Blue Mountain Mystery music video
  • Working Together music video

Japan

  • Blue Mountain Mystery Theatrical Trailer
  • King of the Railway Trailer
  • Sir Takaboushi Hideki's Introduction

Trivia

  • The filedates of the US DVD show that it was finished on July 26, 2012.
    • The Universal reprint was also finished on August 30, 2014.
  • This special went into production at Nitrogen Studios in August 2010.[1] It has a copyright of 2012; Nitrogen Studios wrapped up production on the show for the final time in March that year.
  • This special takes place between the fifteenth and sixteenth series.
    • However, this special was released after the sixteenth series, presumably based on production order.
  • This special was shown in select US, UK, German and Australian theatres.
  • This is the last special of several things:
    • The last special written by Sharon Miller.
    • The last special animated by Nitrogen Studios prior to Arc Productions taking over in 2013.
    • The last special narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK prior to his passing in May 2020, the last narrated by Michael Brandon in the US and Povl Dissing in Denmark prior to his passing in 2022.
    • The last special where the narrator has more dialogue than the characters.
    • The last special to appear on Cartoonito UK.
    • The last special produced by HiT Entertainment under ownership of Apax Partners, as they sold HiT to Mattel on 1 February 2012 after the special was produced.
  • This is also the first special of several things:
    • The first time in the CGI series that scenes from model era episodes were recreated as flashbacks. This would become commonplace for the remainder of the series' run.
    • The first special narrated by Philippe Catoire in France and French-speaking Canada.
    • The first time a second language is featured in the English dubs: Victor speaking Spanish.
    • The first special to have a prologue before the main titles. This would be the case with every subsequent special until Digs and Discoveries.
    • The first special since The Great Discovery to have songs during the runtime, rather than at the end. Also, the first special to feature more than one song since that said special.
    • The first special in which Hiro does not appear since his debut in Hero of the Rails.
    • The first special since The Great Discovery to be dubbed in Italian. This is also the first CGI special dubbed into said language.
    • The first special to have Andrew Brenner on the writing team and the only time he is a script editor.
  • The special marks the first and last appearances and speaking roles of several characters:
    • The first appearance of the Skarloey Railway and its engines, Mr. Percival's first speaking role and the first time he is referred to by name since the twelfth series episode, Push Me, Pull You. It also marks the Skarloey Railway engines' first appearances in CGI.
    • The first time the Skarloey Railway engines interact with standard gauge engines other than Thomas and James since the fifth series.
    • The first special where the characters have slightly more dialogue than the narrator does.
    • The first special where Victor is voiced by David Bedella in the UK dub taking over from Matt Wilkinson.
    • James' first major speaking role since the fifteenth series episode, James to the Rescue and his first speaking role in a special since Hero of the Rails in the Japanese dub.
    • Rheneas' first speaking role in a special.
    • Peter Sam's first speaking role since the twelfth series episode, The Party Surprise and his first speaking role in a special.
    • Rusty's first speaking role since the twelfth series episode, The Man in the Hills and the first time his two-tone horn, from the ninth series episode, Tuneful Toots, is now a somewhat, additional upgraded sound.
    • Paxton's first full introduction, as he was only a background character in Day of the Diesels and the fifteenth series, as well as the first special where he is voiced by Steven Kynman, as he took over the role from Keith Wickham.
    • The first appearance of Old Bailey in CGI and his first appearance since the fifth series episode, Haunted Henry.
    • This special marks the first of a few things for Annie and Clarabel:
    • The last special in which Mavis and Diesel are voiced by Jules de Jongh and Michael Brandon in the US, respectively.
    • Whiff's last appearance in a special until Journey Beyond Sodor.
    • Sir Handel and Mr. Percival's last appearances in a special until The Great Race.
    • Mavis, Rusty and Rocky's last speaking roles in a special.
  • This is also the only special of a few things:
    • The only special in which Gordon does not speak.
    • The only special in which Owen speaks, as well as the only one in which he is voiced by Ben Small, Rob Rackstraw would later took over the role from the twenty-third series to the twenty-fourth series.
    • The only special where Merrick speaks.
    • The only time in CGI to use the Märklin Engine.
    • The only appearance of Luke in the Nitrogen Studios era.
    • Owen, Merrick, Annie and Clarabel's only speaking roles in the Nitrogen Studios era.
    • The only special to have a mid-credits scene.
    • The only time the narrow gauge engines appeared in a Nitrogen Studios special.
    • The only special to have Park Jeong-uk and Shin Song-i as part of the voice cast for Green Narae Media in South Korea.
    • The only special in the CGI series to feature the entire UK voice cast at the time in the US dub.
    • The only special not to get a Polish DVD release until Big World! Big Adventures!.
  • Steven Kynman and Michael Legge join the voice cast.
  • Andrew Brenner, who took over as head writer from the seventeenth series to the twenty third, worked as a script editor on this special.
  • Recreated CGI flashbacks and references from the first series episode, The Sad Story of Henry and Down the Mine and the third series episode, A Scarf for Percy and a flashback or edited stock footage from Misty Island Rescue are used.
    • When Thomas enters the Steamworks, edited stock footage from Day of the Diesels is also used.
  • A scrap model of the Märklin Engine can be seen as Thomas enters the Dieselworks.
  • The working title for the special was The Runaway Engine.
  • This special aired on PBS on Thanksgiving 2012, on Milkshake! on New Year's Day 2013, on Nick Jr. on 3 December 2013 and later on Easter Sunday 2013 and on ABC 2 on Easter Monday 2013. It also aired on Cartoonito UK on 25th October 2018.
  • Nitrogen Studios released "The Blondin Bridge collapse and Rheneas' runaway" sequence to the public in their Studio Animation Pipeline collection illustrating the three various stages of animation the film went through before the final cut.[2] In the first stage (storyboard sketch) the last two trucks fall from Rheneas' train during the collapse of Blondin Bridge. This results in a more serious derailment for Paxton. The falling trucks were removed before the next production stage. Also, the keystone that lands beside Paxton in the final render lands directly onto the tracks in front of him in the storyboard stage.
  • This special was released in the same year that Minaz No. 1173, Victor's basis, was rescued from Céspedes Sugar Mill.
  • The US release is missing some fade effects.
  • Thomas going down Owen's incline was inspired by a real life event with a Manning Wardle L Class (Billy and Charlie's class) locomotive during 1925.
  • The "Learn About Standard and Narrow Gauge Engines" segment on the DVD/Blu-ray release marks the first mention of the Culdee Fell Railway in the television series.
  • The US release was slowed down and adds an extra two minutes to the special's length.
  • The Official Charts Company revealed that this special was voted popular pre-school DVD of 2012 in the UK.
  • The events of this special are mentioned by Luke in the seventeenth series episode, Luke's New Friend and by Ben and Timothy in Big World! Big Adventures! during the song Where in the World is Thomas?.
  • Duncan and Freddie were going to be included, but when the production crew went to the Talyllyn Railway to measure the engines, Duncan's basis was being overhauled, and could not be measured. Because of this, he was left out until the eighteenth series. Freddie's basis was also being overhauled at the time, but he did not return to the series at any time.
  • This is the fourth special not dubbed in Hebrew.
  • This special's Korean title was just a transcription to Hangul of the original one.
  • This is the second special not released on DVD in South Korea.
  • In the original Korean dub, the singers for Working Together and the Blue Mountain Mystery song were credited in the cinematic release, but strangely, they were not in the VOD release.
  • In the Slovenian dub, the Blue Mountain Mystery song is not dubbed, featuring an instrumental version.
  • In the Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and French dubs, Victor's first language is Greek instead of Spanish.
  • When Thomas and Luke drop down onto Owen’s incline platform, Thomas rolls his eyes like in the model series.

Goofs

  • When the workman tries to stop Rheneas, he holds a green flag instead of a red flag.
  • The narrator's description is a bit out of sync with what was happening when Rheneas went onto the bridge. The narrator said that Rheneas needed to cross the bridge before it collapsed when Rheneas was already off the bridge and the bridge was starting to collapse.
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, the narrator misidentifies Diesel as Diesel 10 when Paxton tells Diesel about Luke.
  • In the scene at Tidmouth Sheds, Gordon's eyes are wonky.
  • Henry is in his new shape during the flashback to the first series episode, The Sad Story of Henry. This error would also be carried over when the story was retold again in The Adventure Begins.
  • Thomas stated that he steamed past the board and into a siding during his flashback to Down the Mine. However, he actually went into the siding first.
  • The ship carrying Victor and Luke had a chain around the edge, but the chain is missing when Luke is being unloaded.
  • Paxton is not coupled up to the trucks when he pulls away after eavesdropping on Luke's story.
  • The track that Thomas is on when he hears Diesel talking to the Fat Controller leads to buffers.
  • When the narrow gauge engines go onto the upper terrace to get away from Thomas, Rheneas' paint is no longer scratched.
  • When Rusty leaves Thomas at the crossover track, he makes puffing sounds like a steam engine.
  • During the reprise of "Working Together" when Luke passes Thomas at the intersection, the truck at the front of Luke's train is not rendered properly.
  • When Thomas pulls Annie and Clarabel through the Woodland Track, the narrator refers to it as his branch line. However, they are on the Norramby Branch Line.
  • Luke's Whistle can not be heard in the UK Dub when he goes to rescue Thomas from the Cliff.

Merchandise

TrackMaster

  • Hideaway Luke (discontinued)
  • Paxton in Trouble (discontinued)
  • Rheneas' New Coat of Paint (discontinued)
  • Blue Mountain Quarry Blast (discontinued)
  • Peter Sam's Blue Mountain Supplies (discontinued)
  • Talking Victor's Big Splash (discontinued)
  • Risky Rails Bridge Drop set (discontinued)
  • Blue Mountain Gravel Delivery set (discontinued)

Motor Road and Rail

  • Luke
  • Winston
  • Mystery of the Blue Mountain Yellow Victor and Kevin

Wooden Railway

  • Luke (discontinued)
  • Winston (discontinued)
  • Victor Comes to Sodor (discontinued)
  • Sea Soaked Victor (discontinued)
  • Yellow Rheneas (discontinued)
  • Blue Mountain Quarry Gift Pack (discontinued)
  • Skarloey and the Gravel Cars (discontinued)
  • Blue Mountain Mine (discontinued)
  • Deluxe Mountain Quarry (discontinued)
  • Boulder Pass (discontinued)
  • Grinding Gravel (discontinued)

Take-n-Play

  • Luke (discontinued)
  • Winston (discontinued)
  • Victor Comes to Sodor (discontinued)
  • Victor's Great Splash (discontinued)
  • Rheneas' New Coat of Paint (discontinued)
  • Sir Handel's Day at the Quarry (discontinued)
  • Tales From the Past Engine Pack (discontinued)
  • Paxton at the Blue Mountain Stone Shed (discontinued)
  • Slate Loading Station (discontinued)
  • Great Quarry Climb Playset (discontinued)

Capsule Plarail

  • Luke
  • Yellow Victor
  • Winston
  • Owen
  • Blondin Bridge

Mega Bloks

  • Blue Mountain Crew (discontinued)
  • Blue Mountain Quarry (discontinued)

Tomica

  • Luke
  • Blue Mountain Crossing Set

Minis

  • Yellow Victor
  • Sea Soaked Victor

Bachmann

  • Yellow Rheneas

Collectible Railway

  • Winston
  • Luke
  • Charlie's Day at the Quarry

Books

Magazine Stories

Clothes

  • Handcraft Underwear (discontinued)

In Other Languages

Language Title
Czech Záhada Modré Hory
Danish Mysteriet på Blåbjerget
Dutch Het Mysterie van de Blauwe Bergen
Finnish Sinivuoren Salaisuus
German Das Geheimnis um den Blauen Berg
Hungarian A kék hegy rejtélye
Indonesian Misteri Gunung Biru
Japanese ブルーマウンテンの謎
Korean 블루 마운틴 미스터리
Latin American Spanish El Misterio de la Montaña Azul
Norwegian Blåfjellsmysteriet
Polish Tajemnica Niebieskiej Góry
Portuguese O Mistério da Montanha Azul
Romanian Misterul de pe Muntele Albastru
Serbian Misterija Plave planine
Slovenian Skrivnost Modre Gore
Swedish Mysteriet pa Bla Berget
Taiwanese Mandarin 蓝山矿场的秘密
Thai ความลับแห่งเหมืองหินปริศนา
Vietnamese DÃY NÚI XANH BÍ ẨN

DVD Packs

UK/IRL

US

SWE/FIN

Trailer

References



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