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- “What's that noise, boss?"
"Who knows, Kevin, who knows? Some early bird!”
- ―Kevin and Victor
The Early Bird is the sixth episode of the thirteenth series.
Percy is at the Sodor Steamworks for repairs, so the Fat Controller puts Thomas in charge of the mail run. Thomas is excited to do it, but Gordon tells him to ask Percy for advice on how. Thomas ignores Gordon and heads back to Tidmouth Sheds.
Early next morning, Thomas delivers mail to the Quarry, Brendam Docks and the steamworks. To alert managers at each location, he blows his whistle loudly, and unknowingly wakes up Mavis, Cranky, Victor and Kevin. On his way back, Thomas is surprised to see Mavis and Cranky making mistakes with their work, unaware that they have fallen asleep as a result of being woken too early.
When Thomas returns to Tidmouth Sheds, the Fat Controller severely speaks to him for blowing his whistle too loudly as Mavis and Cranky have made mistakes. Thomas feels bad. However, he is given a second chance to take the train again as Percy is still under repair. Gordon overhears the conversation, and recommends, again, that Thomas should ask Percy for advice. This time, Thomas puffs to the steamworks to ask Percy, and he tells Thomas to deliver the mail quietly and to not blow his whistle this time.
So when Thomas takes his second mail train, he quietly makes his deliveries and does not whistle. When he arrives back at the sheds, he is very happy, and then falls asleep.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- The Dock Manager (does not speak)
- Anopha Quarry Manager (does not speak)
- Big Mickey (faceless, cameo)
- Annie and Clarabel (stock footage cameo)
- Three-Track Level Crossing
- Tidmouth Sheds
- Knapford Iron Bridge
- Knapford Yards
- Sodor Steamworks
- Victor's Shed
- Tower Windmill
- Sodor Slate Quarry
- Brendam Docks
- Sodor Shipping Company
- McColl Farm
- The Viaduct
- Ben Small as Thomas
- Keith Wickham as Gordon, James, Percy and the Fat Controller
- Teresa Gallagher as Mavis
- Matt Wilkinson as Victor, Cranky and Kevin
- Martin Sherman as Thomas and Percy
- Kerry Shale as Gordon James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt
- Jules de Jongh as Mavis
- David Bedella as Victor
- Glenn Wrage as Cranky
- This episode's plot is similar to the eleventh series episode, Edward and the Mail.
- This episode's title is a reference to the saying, "The Early Bird Gets the Worm."
- Stock footage from Hero of the Rails is used.
- This is the only episode written by David Richard Fox.
- As Gordon pulls the express, the brake coach is at the front of the train, instead of the rear.
- The quarry walls at Ffarquhar Quarry have tints of pink.
- As Thomas puffs away from Mavis' shed, the track she is on ends abruptly.
- When Thomas spins round on the turntable, its rails seem to go round with it.
In Other Languages
|German||Der frühe Vogel...|
|Greek||Το πρωινό πουλί|
|Hungarian||A koránkelő postás|
|Italian||Thomas si Sveglia Presto|
|Korean||일찍 일어난 토마스|
|Romanian||Cine se Trezește de Minineață...|
|Welsh||Mae'r riser cynnar|
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