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“Cranky! Salty! Look! That must be Misty Island!”

Misty Island Rescue is a feature-length Thomas & Friends special released as a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack in the US on 7th September 2010 and on DVD in the UK on 11th October 2010.


A new Search and Rescue Centre is being built on the Island of Sodor as a base of operations for Harold, Rocky and a new lifeboat named Captain. Special, strong, deep-red Jobi wood from Hiro's homeland is being used to make the Centre. All the engines are very excited and all want to help deliver the Jobi wood to the Rescue Centre. Frustrated at being teased by Thomas for not being a steam engine, Diesel decides to prove his superiority over the steam engines by taking the Jobi wood to the Rescue Centre himself and races down the tracks. Thomas sees that Diesel is going too fast and chases after him. The chase results in an exciting rescue as Thomas saves Diesel from falling over the edge of the unfinished bridge overlooking the Rescue Centre, but the Jobi wood crashes into the sea below. Now there is no wood to build the Rescue Centre.

As a reward for his daring rescue, Thomas is allowed to visit a Search and Rescue Centre on the Mainland. He is then told there is no room on the steam boat, but Thomas asks to be carried on a raft behind the boat. Thomas says goodbye to his friends at Brendam Docks and heads across the sea to the Mainland. That night the raft carrying Thomas becomes separated from the steam boat and Thomas ends up alone and stranded on the mysterious Misty Island - a wild and wonderful island with a multitude of secret hideouts, rickety tracks and bridges. Thomas discovers that the island has its own railway and meets the three engines, known as the "Logging Locos", who run it - Ferdinand and two small twin engines named Bash and Dash, who were sent to the island after causing trouble on the Mainland. Thomas also finds that Misty Island has plentiful supplies of the rare Jobi wood. With the help of his new friends, Thomas attempts to find his way back to Sodor and uncovers more of Misty Island's mysteries - including a tunnel that connects the two islands. Meanwhile, out at sea, Harold and Captain carry out a search party to look for Thomas as the Fat Controller rallies the engines to look for Thomas on Sodor.

Thomas decides to go through the tunnel back to Sodor, but he and the Logging Locos get trapped after the tunnel falls in. Thomas then tries the smoke signals Salty told him about. After being spotted by Percy, the Fat Controller, James, Edward and Gordon sail to Misty Island in hopes of finding Thomas while Percy and Whiff go through the tunnel. They eventually come to the blockade, break through to Thomas and they all puff back to Sodor. Thomas rushes back to Misty Island again to find the Fat Controller and the engines.

After the Logging Locos are given the Sodor treatment at the Steamworks, they help to build the Rescue Centre. They finish it in time and it is soon opened.

As the engines are laughing with their new friends at the Search and Rescue Centre, Diesel 10 rolls up on the mountain ledge, sniggers and glares down at the engines remarking that they will laugh on the other side of their boilers soon.


Characters Introduced



UK, AUS and NZ

US and CAN

Rupert Degas was the original voice of Diesel 10 in both the UK and US versions, but was replaced by Matt Wilkinson for the final cut.

Bonus Features



  • "The Search for Thomas" game
  • Misty Island Rescue Karaoke music video
  • Sir Topham Hatt Karaoke music video


  • Misty Island Rescue Theatrical Trailer
  • Day of the Diesels Trailer
  • 100 Years of Wilbert Awdry


  • Misty Island Rescue Karaoke music video


  • This special marks the first of several things:
    • Diesel 10 and Butch's first appearances since The Great Discovery and their first appearances in full CGI.
    • Salty's first appearance since the twelfth series episode, Henry Gets it Wrong and his first appearance in full CGI, as well as his first speaking role in a special.
    • Whiff's first appearance since the twelfth series episode, Toby's Special Surprise and his first appearance in full CGI.
    • Stanley's first appearance since the twelfth series episode, Thomas Puts the Brakes On and his first appearance in full CGI.
    • Harold's first appearance since the twelfth series episode, James Works it Out.
    • Mr. Percival's first appearance since the twelfth series episode, Push Me, Pull You.
    • The first special in which Annie and Clarabel do not appear.
    • The first special released on Blu-ray for the US and Australia. It was also originally released on Blu-ray in the UK in April 2011, but HiT cancelled the plans at the last minute.
    • Sharon Miller's first special as voice director and her only special as creative producer.
    • The first special to have a post-credits scene.
  • Matt Wilkinson joins the US voice cast.
  • This is the last special narrated by Erik de Zwart in the Netherlands.
  • This is the last UK DVD to feature a game.
  • This special was shown in select US, UK and Australian theatres. It was also shown on many PBS stations a few weeks before its release in the US and later aired in the UK on Channel Five's Milkshake on Christmas Eve 2010 and then again on Easter Sunday 2011, with Diesel 10's scene omitted. It also aired on PBS Sprout on 20th August 2011, in the UK on Nick Jr. on 28th October 2012 and in Norway on TV 2 on 29th December 2013, 3rd January 2014, Easter 2014 and Christmas Eve 2011 on ABC4KIDS, but when it aired the third time on the ABC on 26th October 2014, Diesel 10's scene was omitted.
  • This marks Bash, Dash and Ferdinand's only appearances in a special. Currently, this is also Whiff's only speaking role in a special.
  • Stock footage from the thirteenth series episode, Henry's Good Deeds is used.
  • The trailer used footage from the thirteenth series episode, Thomas and the Runaway Kite.
  • Ferdinand says "That's right!" seventeen times during the special.
  • Diesel has a different horn sound, making him sound like an American diesel shunter.
  • This was Jo Jordan's only special as creative producer.
  • Diesel 10 was originally voiced by Rupert Degas during production of the special, but Matt Wilkinson took over his voice. However, it is deeper than in his future roles.
  • Diesel 10's appearance foreshadows Day of the Diesels. That scene was a last minute decision made by Nitrogen Studios. 
  • This special takes place between the thirteenth and fourteenth series.
  • When Sir Topham Hatt answers the phone in his office, a calendar can be seen behind him. It has a 2011 layout, the same year Day of the Diesels, the next special, was released. That also can indicate that the special could take place in 1960, since it has the same calendar layout.
  • The events of this special are mentioned by Paxton in Big World! Big Adventures! during the song, Where in the World is Thomas? 
  • たんじょうび (tanjōbi) is the Japanese word for "birthday," so the "Jobi" in "Jobi Wood" may have been a reference to the 65th anniversary of the franchise.
  • In the Japanese dub, the scene of James saying "The mist is too thick" was cut out.


  • Jules de Jongh is accidentally credited in the UK version despite not voicing any characters in that dub.
  • Michael Brandon is not credited in the US for voicing Diesel.
  • Early in the special, Harold is flying above Percy on his way to the Search and Rescue Centre. When Harold lands, however, Percy is nowhere to be seen.
  • While flying to the Search and Rescue Centre, Harold is shown from behind. Contrary to other appearances, his elevators have a pronounced anhedral deflection of about 20 degrees.
  • After saying that the logs are lost, Thomas says he feels badly, whereas he should have said that he feels bad.
  • When the other engines whistle goodbye to Thomas, Salty shuts his eyes like the rest of the engines as if he is honking his horn, but no horn is heard.
  • When the Fat Controller peers into the Misty Island tunnel, Whiff has no lamp. However in the next shot, he gains one.
  • When the engines whistle at Tidmouth Sheds, Emily has Rosie's whistle sound.
  • During the night scene, the steam-boat's mast lights are backwards: the green light is for starboard (right) and the red light is for port (left).
  • When Thomas and the logging locos puff towards the tunnel, Thomas is pushing a flatbed of Jobi logs, but when they arrive at the tunnel's entrance, he is pulling it.
  • When Whiff and Percy enter the Misty Island Tunnel from Sodor to find Thomas, they are facing forwards, but when the engines start back to Sodor they have turned around and are facing forwards again.
  • In the UK narration, it is said that Thomas had to be coupled up to some "freight cars" of bricks. However, freight cars is an American term for trucks.
  • Approximately thirty-six piles of Jobi logs were on the steamboat, however only three are unloaded onto Diesel's train.
  • Like in the thirteenth season, Bertie's radiator is missing.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 雾雾岛大救援
Czech Záchrana Mlžného ostrova
Danish Fanget på tågeøen
Dutch Gered op Misty Eiland
Finnish Pelastustehtävä Usvasaari
French Opération secours sur L'Ile de Brume
German Rettungseinsatz Nebelinsel
Greek Διάσωση στο νησί της ομίχλης
Hungarian Kaland a Ködfátyol szigeten
Italian Fuga dall'Isola Nebbiosa
Japanese ミスティアイランド レスキュー大作戦!
Korean 극장판 토마스와 친구들 3/안개섬 구출 작전
Norwegian Redningsaksjon på Tåkeholmen
Polish Przygoda na Wyspie Mgieł
Portuguese Resgate na Ilha da Bruma
Romanian Aventură pe Insula Ceții
Spanish Operación de Rescate en la Isla de la Niebla / Rescate de la Isla Misteriosa
Swedish Dimslöjornas Ö
Thai ตอน เกาะลับในม่านหมอก


Wooden Railway

  • Thomas at Sea (discontinued)
  • Bash (discontinued)
  • Dash (discontinued)
  • Ferdinand (discontinued)
  • Captain (discontinued)
  • Captain's Shed (discontinued)
  • Harold's Helipad (discontinued)
  • Ol' Wheezy (discontinued)
  • Misty Island Adventure Set (discontinued)


  • Bash (discontinued)
  • Dash (discontinued)
  • Percy and Search Cars (discontinued)
  • Misty Island Track Pack (discontinued)
  • Sodor Search and Rescue Cars (discontinued)
  • Shake Shake Bridge Set (discontinued)
  • Zip Zoom Logging Adventure Set (discontinued)
  • Misty Island Discovery Set (discontinued)


  • Bash (discontinued)
  • Dash (discontinued)
  • Ferdinand (discontinued)
  • Captain (discontinued)
  • Thomas and the Raft (discontinued)
  • Harold and the Search Cars (discontinued)
  • Edward and the Jobi Tree (discontinued)
  • Rescue from Misty Island Set (discontinued)
  • Tales from the Past Engines (discontinued)

Mega Bloks

  • Sodor Search and Rescue (discontinued)
  • Adventures on Misty Island (discontinued)

Motor Road and Rail

  • Dash
  • Thomas and Bash Log Wagon Set
  • Back and Go Thomas! Misty Island Set

Capsule Plarail

  • Bash
  • Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Captain
  • Shake Shake Bridge
  • Ol' Wheezy

Collectible Railway

  • Bash
  • Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Bash on Misty Island


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