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

Thomas' Animal Friends is the twentieth and final episode of the twenty-fourth series. It is also the final Thomas & Friends episode, aired overall, ending at 578 episodes, across 37 years of airing.

Plot

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 of the other engines say 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.

Characters

Locations

Cast

UK, AUS, NZ and MYS

US and CAN

  • 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

Trivia

  • The events of Shankar's Makeover are mentioned.
  • Due to being the final episode of the series aired overall, it is also:
    • The final episode to be animated by Jam Filled Toronto.
    • The final episode made using the CGI animation.
    • The final episode told from Thomas' point of view, and thus the final episode narrated by John Hasler in the UK and Joseph May in the US.
    • The final episode of the Big World! Big Adventures! rebrand and to fall under the aforementioned subtitle.
    • The final episode written by Davey Moore.
    • The final episode directed by Ian Cherry.
    • The final episode produced by Ian McCue and to have David Stoten as the head writer.
    • The final appearances of Rebecca, Caitlin, Porter, Salty, Skarloey, Cranky, Big Mickey, Albert's Wife and Little Thomas.
    • The final appearances of Thomas, Gordon, James, Percy, Diesel, Carly, and Sir Topham Hatt in the original series.
    • The final episode to have all voice actors featured in this episode as part of the voice cast.
    • The final episode to feature fantasy sequences.
    • The final episode to feature music composed by Chris Renshaw.
    • The final episode to have a runtime of seven 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.
  • Emily and Nia are the only Steam Team members to not get an animal design due to them not appearing in this episode.
  • This episode is the series finale of Thomas & Friends (1984-2021) in airing order. Therefore, Thomas and the Royal Engine serves as the true series finale.

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In Other Langauges

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Os Amigos Animais do Thomas
Greek Ο Τόμας και οι φίλοι του τα ζώα
Latin American Spanish Los Amigos Animales de Thomas
Polish Zwierzęcy Przyjaciele Tomka
Russian Новый образ

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