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“Becca's pulling us along, Becca's pulling us along, Becca's pulling us along, we'll give her a bump!”
―The Troublesome Trucks singing

Chucklesome Trucks is the third episode of the twenty-third series.

Plot

One evening, Sir Topham Hatt came up to Thomas, James, Percy and Rebecca to ask for a volunteer to pull a special the next day. Thomas, James and Percy are eager to pull it until the Fat Controller reveals that it's some trucks to take to Vicarstown. This makes the three refuse to take them, leading to the Fat Controller to choose Rebecca for the job.

That night, Thomas, James and Percy state their experiences with trucks to Rebecca; Thomas mentions when the trucks pushed him down Gordon's Hill and almost made him derail and when James was pushed by the trucks into some Tar Wagons, while James mentions when they pushed Percy into the sea. Despite the warnings from the other engines to be careful of the trucks, Rebecca states her refusal to let them beat her.

The next day, Rebecca states about how exciting the engines' stories were with the trucks (to Emily's surprise) and wonders what stories she will have. While pulling her train, the trucks start bumping her. James pulls up alongside her and laughs at her, asking if she's having trouble with them, only to crash into some Tar Tankers again. Despite their teasing, the trucks become surprised when Rebecca plays along with their jokes. This also shocks Thomas and Percy, leading to Thomas stopping at a green signal and running late and Percy crashing into some big puddles.

Rebecca drops off her trucks, who are quite surprised and confused when she states she will look forward to working with them again. She later sees Percy being rescued by Judy and Jerome, Thomas with an angry Sir Topham Hatt for being late at Wellsworth and James getting the tar washed off him. The Fat Controller later tells off Thomas, James and Percy for their accidents, but praises Rebecca when she arrives at the sheds.

Characters

Locations

Cast

UK

US

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Rob Rackstraw as James and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel
  • Matt Wilkinson as Winston
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the second episode of the twenty-third series.
  • References to the first series episodes, Thomas and the Trucks and Dirty Objects as well as the second series episode, Percy Takes the Plunge are made. Stock footage from The Adventure Begins is used during the scene of Thomas and the Trucks; due to this, Thomas lacks his series 23 updates.
  • CGI flashbacks of Dirty Objects and Percy Takes the Plunge are featured:
  • In the CGI remake of Dirty Objects, one of the Brazilian trucks from Big World! Big Adventures! can be seen as part of James' train.
  • This episode marks Winston's first speaking role since the nineteenth series episode, Henry Spots Trouble, though aside from exclamations, he has no dialogue in this episode. This is also his only speaking role in this season and his last speaking role to date.
  • This episode marks Ryan, Judy and Jerome’s only appearances in the twenty-third series.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Judy and Jerome to date.
  • This is the second time James crashes into tar wagons, the first time was Dirty Objects; making it the third time an engine crashes into tar wagons, with the second being Percy's Big Mistake, but the engine that got covered in tar was Gordon back then.
  • The song Rebecca and the Troublesome Trucks sing is sung to the tune of the English nursery rhyme, Polly Put the Kettle On.
  • This is the first episode where James and Emily have their new details.

Goofs

  • Emily's buffers are black instead of silver.
  • When James crashes into the tar tankers for the second time, he is already covered in tar before he actually hits the tankers.
  • In the scene of Emily and Rebecca talking at Knapford, Annie and Clarabel are clipping through their shed's door, and disappear between shots.
  • In the UK version, Thomas does not shout "Woo-hoo!" when he jumps off Gordon's Hill at the beginning.
  • In the distance shot of Vicarstown, the station is missing its letters.
  • Rebecca runs a red signal when she passes Percy being rescued.
  • In the German dub, Gordon incorrectly refers to himself and Rebecca as tank engines.

Home Media Releases

UK/AUS


In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Vagões Engraçados
Dutch Pret Met de Trucks
Finnish Nauravat Vaunut
German Die widerspenstigen Waggons
Hebrew קרונות מצחקקים
Italian Rebecca e i Vagoni
Japanese レベッカといたずらかしゃ
Polish Znośne Wagony
Russian Весёлые вагоны
Spanish Las Travesuras de los Vagones

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