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The Britt Allcroft Company was a production company owned by Britt Allcroft.

History

The company distributed the first and second series of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends on behalf of Clearwater Features in 1984 and 1986.

In 1991, the company took over the production crew from Clearwater Features, which closed down on 31th December 1990, and produced the third to fifth series. In addition, the company purchased the models and sets used for TUGS and reused it for Thomas' production.

On 25th April 1998, Egmont UK Limited acquired the children's book division of Reed International and the rights to publish the Railway Series and the Britt Allcroft Company purchased the copyright of the Railway Series for £13.5 million.[1][2]

The company was renamed Gullane Entertainment in 7 September 2000[3], who were later bought out by HiT Entertainment in 5 July 2002.[4]

Britt Allcroft reinstated the company as Britt Allcroft Productions and reacquired "The Magic Adventures of Mumfie" franchise from HiT Entertainment in 18 March 2008. The company also co-produced Shining Time Station with Quality Family Entertainment.

Releases

UK VHS and DVD Releases

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

AUS VHS Releases

1992

  • Time For Trouble and Other Stories
  • Trust Thomas and Other Stories
  • Escape and Other Stories

1996

  • Thomas and Stepney and Other Stories
  • Rock 'n' Roll and Other Stories
  • Thomas and the Special Letter and Other Stories

1997

  • Story and Song Collection

1998

  • Playtime
  • Spooks and Surprises

1999

  • The Biggest Ever Christmas Collection

2000

NZ VHS Releases

1991

  • Trust Thomas and Other Stories
  • Time For Trouble and Other Stories

1992

  • Escape and Other Stories

1995

  • Rock 'n' Roll and Other Stories
  • Thomas and the Soecial Letter and Other Stories
  • Thomas and Stepney and Other Stories

1997

  • Story and Song Collection

1998

1999

2000

US VHS Releases

Trivia

  • Angus Wright, husband of Britt Allcroft, was co-founder and managing director of the company until his retirement in 1999.
  • The company launched the official website of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends in 1996.
  • A Japanese subsidiary was established in 1993, and it was in Kita-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo until around 2000.
  • The company had printed logos on the back cover of Thomas & Friends VHS Tapes and DVDs saying "A Britt Allcroft Company Production" or "Created by Britt Allcroft", which is still used in modern releases and re-releases of Thomas & Friends DVDs and VHS Tapes.

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