The thirteenth series of Thomas & Friends first aired from January to February 2010 in the UK and from September to November 2010 in the US. From this series to the twenty-fourth series, the entire series had been CGI animated.

Michael Angelis and Michael Brandon narrated all twenty episodes, but, like Hero of the Rails, voice actors provided the voices for the characters. Mark Moraghan later re-narrated one episode specially for the Santa's Little Engine DVD in 2013.

Production

Development

In order to cut costs and maximize profits (because of government tax breaks for UK animation in 2007), HiT Entertainment decided to retire the models and have the show be turned into a CGI product. They enlisted Nitrogen Studios to provide the visuals. Nitrogen had already created CGI elements for the twelfth series. Christopher Skala also added that additionally, it was to add more emotion and flexibility through the stories. Previously Skala claimed that, of his focus group, even those who felt that Thomas, as an institution, should not be changed in this way but ultimately responded positively to the demonstration of the new animation techniques. Production for this series by Nitrogen Studios began in January 2009, running concurrently with that of Hero of the Rails.[1]

Reception

Series 13 had proven to be popular around the world with ratings up 86%* in the UK (FIVE Milkshake!), 50%** in the US (PBS Kids) and 47%** in Australia (ABC).

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
CreakyCrankypromo2.jpg Creaky Cranky Sharon Miller 25 January 2010 #01
Cranky teases Thomas about being small, but when he breaks down it is up to Thomas to save him.
TheLionofSodorpromo2.jpg The Lion of Sodor Mark Robertson 26 January 2010 #02
Thomas has to deliver the Lion of Sodor to Knapford, but he thinks that the lion is real and tries to feed it, but this only causes confusion and delay.
TickledPinkpromo2.jpg Tickled Pink Allan Plenderleith 27 January 2010 #03
James is sent to the Steamworks to be repainted, but he is repainted into a pink livery to keep the water out of his paintwork and the other engines laugh at him.
DoubleTroublepromo.jpg Double Trouble Sharon Miller 28 January 2010 #04
Thomas thinks he is taking the Fat Controller to his birthday party, but it turns out to be his brother.
SlippySodorpromo.jpg Slippy Sodor Mark Robertson 29 January 2010 #05
Thomas is teased about his "funny funnel" and causes trouble for the Fat Controller and Mr. Bubbles.
TheEarlyBirdPromo2.jpg The Early Bird David Richard Fox 1 February 2010 #06
While Percy is at the Steamworks for repairs, Thomas must pull the mail, but he does not want to ask for his advice.
PlayTimepromo.jpg Play Time Sharon Miller 2 February 2010 #07
Charlie, the new engine, challenges Thomas to race him around the Island, causing Thomas to neglect his jobs.
ThomasandthePigspromo.jpg Thomas and the Pigs Allan Plenderleith 3 February 2010 #08
Thomas is to bring straw to Farmer Trotter's Pig Farm for the piglets who are soon to be born, but Thomas thinks they will like other things better.
TimeforaStorypromo.jpg Time for a Story Miranda Larson 4 February 2010 #09
After ignoring warning signs about track repair, Thomas' trucks of books derail, so he brings the children to the books.
Percy'sParcelpromo2.jpg Percy's Parcel Robyn Charteris 5 February 2010 #10
After Percy ruins Dowager Hatt's birthday parcel, he hides in a siding. When he overhears Mavis, he gets an idea of how to fix his mistake.
Toby'sNewWhistlepromo.jpg Toby's New Whistle Louise Kramskoy 8 February 2010 #11
Toby's bell needs repairs, so he is given a very loud whistle while it is being mended.
ABloomingMesspromo.jpg A Blooming Mess Miranda Larson 9 February 2010 #12
Emily thinks that Mavis needs to be cheered up, so she brings her some flowers but winds up causing confusion and delay.
ThomasandtheRunawayKitepromo.jpg Thomas and the Runaway Kite Louise Kramskoy 10 February 2010 #13
After Stephen and Bridget Hatt's kite flies away and Thomas tries to catch it, but realises that he needs to ask for help.
SteamySodorpromo2.jpg Steamy Sodor Sharon Miller 11 February 2010 #14
When Thomas is put in charge of the Steamworks, havoc ensues.
SplishSplashSploshpromo.jpg Splish Splash Splosh Sharon Miller 12 February 2010 #15
Thomas and Rosie play "Splish, Splash, Splosh", but when Thomas splashes the Fat Controller and Allicia Botti he must put things right.
TheBiggestPresentofAllpromo2.jpg The Biggest Present of All Sharon Miller 15 February 2010 #16
Hiro is returning to Sodor and the Fat Controller is planning a welcome party for him. Thomas is told to tell the other engines, but looks for a present for Hiro instead.
SnowTrackspromo.jpg Snow Tracks Alan Hescott 16 February 2010 #17
Gordon is told to not go up any hills, but when he does, he creates a giant snowball.
Henry'sGoodDeedspromo2.jpg Henry's Good Deeds Alan Hescott 17 February 2010 #18
Henry attempts to help people but ends up scaring away the Sodor Warbler, a very famous bird.
BuzzyBeespromo.jpg Buzzy Bees Sharon Miller 18 February 2010 #19
Thomas' special of bees escape when he goes by a flowery meadow. So he takes Hiro's flower truck to try to lure them back to their hive.
HiroHelpsOutpromo.jpg Hiro Helps Out Sharon Miller 19 February 2010 #20
Hiro gives the engines orders when he thinks the Fat Controller is too busy to do it himself.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

When the thirteenth series aired on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK, each broadcast aired two episodes, a song and a Down at the Station segment.

Friends and Family

  • Creaky Cranky
  • Song: Go, Go Thomas
  • Down at the Station: Passengers
  • Double Trouble

Slips and Trips!

  • Tickled Pink
  • Song: Go, Go Thomas
  • Down at the Station: Morning
  • Slippy Sodor

Working Well

  • Play Time
  • Song: Sounds (CGI version)
  • Down at the Station: The Railway Line
  • The Early Bird

Marvellous Moments!

  • Thomas and the Pigs
  • Song: Sounds (CGI version)
  • Down at the Station: The Steam Engine
  • The Lion of Sodor

Best Times

Giving and Sharing

  • Steamy Sodor
  • Song: Thomas, You're the Leader (CGI version)
  • Down at The Station: Water
  • The Biggest Present of All

Wild Weather

  • Splish, Splash, Splosh!
  • Song: Determination (CGI version)
  • Down at the Station: The Engine Shed
  • Snow Tracks

Good Deeds

  • A Blooming Mess
  • Song: Determination (CGI version)
  • Down at the Station: Fireman
  • Henry's Good Deeds

Out and About

  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite
  • Song: Roll Along
  • Down at the Station: Engines
  • Buzzy Bees

Helping Hands

  • Toby's New Whistle
  • Song: Roll Along
  • Down at the Station: Water
  • Hiro Helps Out

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

  • Ben Small as Thomas and Toby
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, the Fat Controller, Dowager Hatt, Sir Lowham Hatt, the Mayor of Sodor and Mr. Bubbles
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, Lady Hatt, Bridget Hatt and her friends and the Teacher
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Charlie, Victor, Rocky, Cranky, Kevin, Stephen Hatt, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Maithwaite Stationmaster, Farmer Trotter, the Bird Watcher and Farmer McColl
  • Jules de Jongh as Allicia Botti
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel

US and CAN

  • Martin Sherman as Thomas, Percy and the Bird Watcher
  • Kerry Shale as Sir Topham Hatt, Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin, Sir Lowham Hatt, Farmer Trotter and the Maithwaite Stationmaster
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Rocky, Stephen Hatt, Farmer McColl, the Maithwaite Stationmaster (Double Trouble only) and the Knapford Stationmaster
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer, Cranky and Charlie
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, Bridget Hatt and her friends, Allicia Botti and the Teacher
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Michael Brandon as Diesel and Mr. Bubbles
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Keith Wickham as Dowager Hatt

Trivia

  • This is the first series for numerous things:
    • The first series animated exclusively in CGI by Nitrogen Studios.
    • The first series to use individual voice actors instead of solely a narrator outside of Japan, France, as well as Thomas and The Magic Railroad .
    • Sharon Miller's first series as the creative producer.
    • Marion Edwards' first series as executive producer.
    • Bertie's first appearance in full CGI.
    • Greg Tiernan's first series as a director.
    • Nicole Stinn's first series as a producer.
    • The first series in which Thomas appears and speaks in every episode.
    • The first series to have all episodes eight minutes and forty-five seconds long in the television series.
    • The first series where BenHarvey, Whiff, StanleyHankFloraMighty Mac, Freddie, HectorJeremy and Colin do not appear since their debuts.
    • The first series where DuckDonaldDouglasOliverStepneyMurdochArthurNeville'ArryBertthe Skarloey Railway engines, ToadHaroldTrevorBulgyJack, AlfieMax/Monty and Jenny Packard do not appear since their returns.
    • The first series in which the Sodor Island intro is not used at the start of individual UK broadcasts.
    • The first series to use the newly updated Engine Roll Call as the title music in the intro.
    • The first and final series since the seventh series to have an episode written by Robyn Charteris.
    • The first series to have episodes written by Miranda Larson and Louise Kramskoy.
    • The first series released in the 2010s.
  • This is the only series for numerous things:
    • The only series to date in which Salty does not appear since his introduction in the sixth series.
    • The only series with Dave Peacock as voice director.
    • The only series with Jo Jordan as a creative executive.
    • The only series where Mr. Percival was mentioned as The Thin Controller in the US dub.
    • The only series to have episodes written by Allen Plenderleith, David Richard Fox and Alan Hescott. 
  • The following episodes were released in US theatres:
    • The episodes, Splish, Splash, Splosh!, Playtime, Slippy Sodor and Snow Tracks were shown in November 2009.
    • Thomas and the Runaway Kite, Buzzy BeesToby's New Whistle and The Biggest Present of All were shown in January 2010.
    • The Lion of Sodor, Thomas and the Pigs, Time for a Story and Hiro Helps Out were shown in October 2010.
  • This series was going to air on broadcast in 2009, but it was pushed to 2010 after the production of the series ended.
  • The steam engines' whistles now budge up and down every time they blow it.
  • Edward is the only Steam Team member to not get a starring role this series.
  • Billy was originally going to appear in this series while being rendered in CGI, but he was replaced by Charlie in the final scripts.
  • This is the seventh series to not have episodes released on home media in the Netherlands, the first being the second series.

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