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“I can find another hat, but I'll never find another Thomas.”
― The Fat Controller

Misty Island Rescue is a 2010 feature-length Thomas & Friends special. It is the fifth Thomas and Friends film overall.


A new Search and Rescue Centre is being built on the Island of Sodor as a base of operations for Harold, Rocky, Butch, 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 of them want to help deliver the Jobi wood to the Rescue Centre. The Jobi wood is being delivered at Brendam Docks. Diesel then arrives next to Thomas, telling him that he hopes the Fat Controller picks him to deliver the wood. Thomas starts discriminating against Diesel, telling him that The Fat Controller likely means a Really Useful steamie. This makes Diesel cross. 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 Center himself and races down the tracks. Thomas sees that Diesel is going too fast and chases after him. The chase leads to Thomas saving Diesel from falling over the edge of the unfinished bridge overlooking the Rescue Centre, but the Jobi wood crashes into the sea below. Now the Rescue Centre is unable to be built due to lack of wood.

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 notices a raft behind the boat and asks to be carried on it. 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 a mysterious misty island called Misty Island - a wild and wonderful island with a multitude of secret hideouts and 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, Bash and Dash. Although they offer him to join them, he rejects them out of fear of them and attempts to look for a way off the island. 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 later tries to go to the logging locos for help, though they are angry at him for rejecting them earlier and he apologises to them. Thomas also notices that Misty Island has a plentiful supply of the rare Jobi wood and attempts to try and take them back to Sodor, but has trouble dealing with the loading crane Ol' Wheezy and uses the last of the oil to try and (unsuccessfully) use it on the other machine, Hee-Haw. Despite this, the others help Thomas get the Jobi Wood and he attempts to find his way back to Sodor with the logging locos and uncovers a tunnel connecting the two islands and it goes underwater.

Thomas decides to go through the tunnel back to Sodor, but he and the Logging Locos get trapped after the tunnel falls in and they run out of fuel. Just then. the top of the tunnel above the engines collapses, leading to the sky being visible. Thomas however manages to make smoke signals Salty told him about. After being spotted by Percy at Brendam Docks, the Fat Controller, James, Edward and Gordon sail to Misty Island in hopes of finding Thomas while Percy and Whiff go through the tunnel.

Meanwhile, Thomas gets upset about what he had done. The Logging Locos however comfort him for what he did and laugh with him about how they were initially from the mainland until they were sent away for being naughty. They are soon rescued as Percy and Whiff come to the blockade, break through to Thomas and they all puff back to Sodor. Thomas introduces Bash, Dash and Ferdinand to Sodor. After finding out that the Fat Controller, Edward, Gordon and James are on Misty Island, Thomas rushes back there again and finds them to the delight of everyone.

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, and the Misty Island Tunnel is restored so the engines can visit anytime. The Fat Controller welcomes the Logging Locos to Sodor and all the engines laugh and celebrate with their new friends.

In the post-credit scene, Diesel 10 rolls up on the mountain ledge, snickers and glares down at the engines laughing with their new friends at the Search and Rescue Centre, remarking that they will laugh on the other side of their boilers soon.


Characters Introduced





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


  • Nitrogen Studios began the pre-production stages of this special in June 2009.[5] It has a copyright of 2010.
  • The theme music in the intro has a similarity to He's A Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  • This special takes place between the thirteenth and fourteenth series.
    • This special takes place in the month of April, as seen on the calendar in the Fat Controller's caravan.
  • This special marks the first of several things:
    • Salty, Whiff, Stanley, Harold, Mr. Percival, Diesel 10 and Butch's first appearances in full CGI; this also marks the first of a few things for these characters:
    • The first appearance of Coastal Cliffs since the ninth series episode, Saving Edward and its first appearance in full CGI.
    • The first special in which Annie and Clarabel do not appear since their debuts.
    • Diesel's first speaking role in a special since Calling All Engines!.
    • The first and only special to have Thomas travel beyond Sodor until The Great Race.
    • The first special released on Blu-ray in the US and Australia. It was also originally intended to be released on Blu-ray in the UK and Ireland in April 2011, but for unknown reasons, 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 Kim Hye-seong as part of the Korean voice cast for K.NET.
    • The first special to have Shin Yong-u and Um Sang-hyun as part of the original Korean voice cast.
  • This marks the only of few things:
  • This special also marks the last of a few things:
    • The last special narrated by Erik de Zwart in the Netherlands.
    • The last special to feature a game in the UK and Irish DVDs.
    • The last special without a HiT producer.
    • The last special released on DVD in South Korea until Tale of the Brave.
    • The last special imported by COCABAN for the original Korean dub.
    • The last special translated by Nam Ji-hyun for the original Korean dub.
    • The last special to have Korean subtitles until Tale of the Brave.
    • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford's last appearances in a special, not counting Spencer mentioning them in King of the Railway.
  • Matt Wilkinson joins the US voice cast.
  • This special was shown in select UK, Irish, US 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. In the UK and Ireland, it aired on Nick Jr. on 28 October 2012 and in Norway on TV 2 on 29 December 2013, 3 January 2014, Easter 2014 and Christmas Eve 2011 on ABC4KIDS, but when it aired the third time on the ABC on 26 October 2014, Diesel 10's scene was omitted.
  • 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. However, "That's right!" in total was said twenty times in the special with the Fat Controller and Thomas.
  • Diesel 10 was originally voiced by Rupert Degas during production of the special, but Matt Wilkinson took over the role. However, his voice 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.
  • The events of this special are mentioned by Paxton and Sidney in Big World! Big Adventures! during the song, Where in the World is Thomas? as well by Judy and Jerome (who had both yet to be introduced in 2015, five years later) in the twentieth series episode, The Missing Breakdown Train.
  • In the Japanese dub, the scene of James saying "The mist is too thick" was cut out.
  • A flashback of Diesel dropping the logs in the water was later seen in Blue Mountain Mystery.
  • Starting from this special until the fourteenth series, Diesel receives a new horn sound like that of an American diesel. It was also used for him in some games and some merchandise. This would later be reused for Mavis starting with the fifteenth series onwards (excluding Day of the Diesels and Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor).
  • The Misty Island Rescue song was never dubbed in Korean, however, the K.NET version plays the instrumental version.
  • This is the second special not dubbed in Hebrew.
  • This is the third special not dubbed in Italian.
  • The wood in the opening credits is Oak logs.
  • The original Korean dub was shown at cinemas on 5 May 2011 in South Korea, and in the same country, 5 May is a children's day.
  • On the original release of the Dutch DVD, the classic opening theme from the first to seventh series is heard.
  • There is a rare chance of getting a ticket from the Best of Thomas DVD.
  • The US DVD was finished on July 16, 2010, as evident by the filedates.


  • Jules de Jongh is accidentally credited in the UK dub despite not voicing any characters in that dub.
  • Michael Brandon is not credited in the US dub for voicing Diesel.
  • The quarry walls at the slate quarry have tints of pink.
  • The first act with Diesel has Multiple Issues:
    • The narrator said that Diesel was hanging dangerously at the edge of the cliff, but he was actually hanging dangerously towards the edge of the unfinished bridge.
    • The Rail-Sleepers change positions inbetween shots towards the end of the bridge.
    • At the beginning, Diesel was over the bridge with 2 Flatbeds, however when the first flatbed breaks off, the second flatbed is back on the rails.
    • Thomas and Diesel pass the Bridge at Double Track Bridge and Siding Runby twice.
    • The High Bridge seems to have 2 sets. One with the Sea next to it (and a Broken / Unfinished Bridge) and one with the Rescue Center next to it
    • When Diesel goes down the "Ramp-Like" part of the bridge, he seems to have his eyes closed.
  • Approximately thirty-six piles of Jobi logs were on the steamboat, however only three are unloaded onto Diesel's train.
  • When the engines whistle at Tidmouth Sheds, Emily has Rosie's whistle sound.
  • 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.
  • 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 arrives at the Logging Station, and the camera pans up, Bash is barely seen near the bottom left before he starts moving a few seconds later.
  • When Thomas and the Logging Locos puff towards the tunnel, Thomas is pushing a flatbed of Jobi logs, but later when they arrive at the tunnel's entrance, he is now pulling it.
  • When the Fat Controller peers into the Misty Island Tunnel, Whiff has no lamp. However in the next shot, he gains one.
  • 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 dub, it is said that Thomas had to be coupled up to some "freight cars" of bricks. However, freight cars is the American term for trucks.
  • Like in the thirteenth series, Bertie's radiator is missing.
  • In South Korea, this special is stated to be the third Thomas movie on the trailer and DVD.
  • In the original Korean dub, Knapford is mistakenly pronounced with its "k" sounding.
  • In the original Korean dub, the cinema and VOD version's credits were said that surround audio mixed by Lee Seong-joo (CIC Media) but the Korean DVD actually has 2.0 stereo audio and the DVD version was removed Korean credits.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Albanian Shpëtimi Në Ishullin e Mjegullt
Brazilian Portuguese Resgate na ilha misteriosa
Chinese Mandarin 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'île de brume
German Rettungseinsatz Nebelinsel
Greek Διάσωση στο νησί της ομίχλης
Hungarian Kaland a Ködfátyol szigeten
Indonesian Penyelamatan Pulau Misty
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: 비밀스런 안개 섬 (Original)
안개 섬 구출작전 (Alternate)
Latin American Spanish Rescate de la isla misteriosa
Norwegian Redningsaksjon på tåkeholmen
Polish Przygoda na Wyspie Mgieł
Portuguese Resgate na ilha da bruma
Romanian Aventură pe Insula Ceții
Russian Спасение с Туманного острова
Serbian Spašavanje sa maglovitog ostrva
Slovenian Resevanje Na skrivnostni otok
Spanish Operación de rescate en la isla de la niebla
Swedish Dimslöjornas ö
Thai ตอน เกาะลับในม่านหมอก
Turkish Misty Adası'ndan Kurtuluş


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
  • Sodor Search and Rescue Centre

Collectible Railway

  • Bash
  • Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Bash on Misty Island


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