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“From now on, if anyone laughs at you, just imagine them as an animal!”

Thomas' Animal Friends is the twentieth and final episode of the twenty-fourth series.


Thomas is asked to help at the animal park for the day and realises that it also involves being decorated as a monkey. After some other engines think he looks silly, Rebecca encourages Thomas to imagine them as animals if they laugh at him. Thomas learns that others' opinions should not stop him doing what he loves.






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon and Diesel
  • Rob Rackstraw as James
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca and the Children
  • Keith Wickham as Salty and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Lucy Montgomery as Carly


  • The events of Shankar's Makeover are mentioned.
  • This is the final episode of a few things:
    • The final episode to be animated by Jam Filled Toronto.
    • The final episode to be made using 3D animation. From Series 25 onwards, all animation is made in 2D.
    • The final episode to feature a narrator, and because of this, it is the last episode to:
      • The last episode told from Thomas' point of view, and the last told from a first-person narrative.
      • The last episode narrated by Joseph May in the US and John Hasler in the UK.
    • The final episode to follow the Big World! Big Adventures! format and fall under the aforementioned subtitle.
    • The final episode to take place in the original continuity established in the first series, as though it follows the same numbering scheme, the twenty-fifth series acts as a total reboot to the series.
    • The final episode to feature both drivers and firemen.
    • The last episode to date written by Davey Moore.
    • The last episode directed by Ian Cherry.
    • The last episode produced by Ian McCue and to have David Stoten as the head writer, as Rick Suvalle takes over these roles following this episode.
    • The last appearances of Salty, Cranky, Carly, Caitlin, Porter, Skarloey, The Captain's Ship, The Pudding Ship, Lucinda, S.S. Roxstar and Big Mickey to date.
    • The last episode to feature Rachael Miller as part of the voice cast, as she left after production of series 24.
    • The last episode to feature music composed by Chris Renshaw.
    • The final episode where Keith Wickham voices Sir Topham Hatt.
    • The last episode to have a runtime of seven minutes, as episodes from the twenty-fifth series onwards run for 11 minutes.
  • The Motorized Sodor Safari themed included the animal costumed forms of Thomas, Percy, James and Gordon from this episode. Rebecca, however, was left out. There is, however, a leopard-themed TrackMaster Percy variant based on the twenty-second series episode, Tiger Trouble.


In Other Langauges

Language Title
Spanish Los Amigos Animales de Thomas

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