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Thomas and His Friends Help Out, re-released as Friends Help Out in 2009, is a US VHS/DVD featuring five first series episodes, three second series episodes and three third series episodes narrated by George Carlin. It was distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 1996, again in 2002 and released on DVD in 2003. It was released in Brazil in 2007 under the title Helping the Friends, and was released in Mexico in 2008 under the title Thomas in Action Again.

Description

1996 VHS

Thomas, Gordon, Sir Topham Hatt, and the rest of the gang have learned many lessons about lending a helping hand. They have selected their favorite stories to create this special "best of" collection - all about helping.

PEEP! PEEP! Hop on board as a heavy snowfall strands the villagers-and Harold, Terence, Thomas, and Percy come to the rescue. Watch as Percy brings Annie and Clarabel home safely through a thunderstorm, and cheer on James as he tries his best to pull a very long train.

2002 VHS

PEEP! PEEP! According to Sir Topham Hatt: "Helping out is one of the best ways to show that you're Really Useful Engine." That's why it's so important for Thomas to race to the rescue when one of his friends needs a "helping hand," or in Thomas' case, a "helping buffer." This special collection of stories highlights your Sodor friends proving that sometimes friendship is stronger than fear as they help out those in need. Remember when Trevor was almost scrapped? Cheer on Thomas, Harold, Terence and Percy as they rescue villagers from a heavy snowfall, and find out what happens down at the mine. All Aboard!

2003/2009 DVD

PEEP! PEEP! According to Sir Topham Hatt: "Helping out is one of the best ways to show that you're a Really Useful Engine." That's why it's so important for Thomas to race to the rescue when one of his friends needs a "helping hand," or in Thomas' case, a "helping buffer." This special collection of stories highlights your Sodor friends proving that sometimes friendship is stronger than fear as they help out those in need. Remember when Trevor was almost scrapped? Cheer on Thomas, Harold, Terence and Percy as they rescue villagers from a heavy snowfall, and find out what happens down at the mine. All aboard for non-stop DVD fun and excitement!

2008 DVD

ALL ABOARD! According to Sir Topham Hatt, "Helping out is one of the best ways to show that you're a Really Useful Engine." That's why it's so important for Thomas to race to the rescue when one of his friends needs a "helping hand," or in Thomas' case, a "helping buffer." This special collection of stories highlights your Sodor friends proving that sometimes friendship is stronger than fear as they help out those in need.

Brazilian DVD

PIUIIIII! PIUIIIII!

Segundo Sir Topham Hatt, "Ajudar é uma das melhores maneiras de mostrar que você é realmente um trem prestativo." Por isso, é tão importante para Thomas correr para resgatar um amigo quando ele precisa de uma "mão amiga," ou neste caso, de um "pára-choque amigo." Esta coleção especial de histórias mostra seus amigos de Sodor provando que a amizade é mais forte que o medo quando eles ajudam quem precisa. Lembra-se quando o Trevor quase foi parar no ferro-velho? Junte-se a Thomas, Harold, Terence e Percy enquanto eles socorrem pessoas de uma forte nevasca e descobrem o que acontece na mina. Todos a bordo para esta viagem sem escalas em um DVD divertido e empolgante!

English Translation (for Brazilian DVD)

PEEEEEP! PEEEEEP!

According to Sir Topham Hatt, "Helping is one of the best ways to show that you are really a helpful train." So it is so important for Thomas who runs to rescue a friend when he needs a "helping hand," or in this case, a "bumper friend." This special collection of stories shows your friends of Sodor proving that friendship is stronger than fear when they help those in need. Remember when Trevor was almost stop in the junkyard? Join Thomas, Harold, Terence and Percy as they rely upon people of a heavy snowfall and discover what happens in the mine. All aboard for this nonstop trip on a fun and exciting DVD!

Mexican DVD

La famosa serie basada en los libros que escribió Wilfred Awdry muestra las divertidas aventuras de Thomas, un gracioso tren que se convertirá en ¡el mejor amigo de los niños!

En una isla llamada Sodor, donde los vehículos tienen personalidad propia, Thomas comparte aventuras con sus amigos entre los cuales se encuentran otras locomotoras, un autobús, un tractor y un helicóptero.

"Ayudar a los demás es la mejor forma de ser una verdadera y auténtica máquina". Thomas aprende la importancia de rescatar a sus amigos cuando se les complica. esta colección especial prueba que la amistad siempre es más fuerte que el miedo, ya que Thomas y sus amigos siempre ayudan a los que más lo necesitan sin importar la situación en la que estén. ¡Piip! ¡Piip! Todos a bordo para compartir con Thomas, Harold, Terence y Percy sus divertidas aventuras.

English Translation (for Mexican DVD)

The famous book-based series that Wilfred Awdry wrote shows the fun adventures of Thomas, a funny train that will become children's best friend!

On an island called Sodor, where vehicles have their own personality, Thomas shares adventures with his friends, among which are other locomotives, a bus, a tractor and a helicopter.

"Helping others is the best way to be a true and authentic machine." Thomas learns the importance of rescuing his friends when they get complicated. This special collection proves that friendship is always stronger than fear, since Thomas and his friends always help those who need it most regardless of the situation they are in. ¡Peep! ¡Peep! All aboard to share with Thomas, Harold, Terence and Percy their fun adventures.

Episodes

  1. Edward Helps Out (Vol. 1)
  2. Foolish Freight Cars (Vol. 2)
  3. Thomas, Percy and the Mail Train (Vol. 7)
  4. Thomas Breaks the Rules (Vol. 4)
  5. Down the Mine (Vol. 5)
  6. Percy's Promise (Vol. 6)
  7. Trouble in the Shed (Vol. 3)
  8. Donald and Douglas (Vol. 8)
  9. Saved from Scrap (Vol. 9)
  10. Bertie's Chase (Vol. 10)
  11. Thomas and Percy's Mountain Adventure (Vol. 11)

Bonus Features

Trivia

Goofs

  • When this DVD is inserted into a computer, it is mistakenly titled "Spills & Chills".
  • On the 2002 VHS/2003 DVD cover there are paint chips on Thomas' roof.
  • At the end of Foolish Freight Cars, the line, "After that performance, you deserve to keep your red coat" is cut out. This may be because James Learns a Lesson is not featured on this release and audiences may not understand the reference. It is restored in digital releases.
  • Edward Helps Out, Foolish Freight Cars and Percy’s Promise are out of sync; the last of the three is due to it being taken from Trust Thomas, where the first few seconds of the opening on said release are cut, while the episode on this release is shown in its full form.
  • At the very end of Trouble in the Shed, as the ending theme starts, the top of the credits begin to appear over the picture, but it then cuts off to the nameboards.
  • On the 2008 DVD and sound book covers, an image of Edward is used, albeit with Thomas' face over it.
  • In the DVD menu, Gordon's tracks and Bertie's wheels are standing on top of the bushes.
  • In some releases, when the narrator says "Long ago" in Down the Mine, the audio cuts out.
  • The first five seconds of Saved from Scrap and the first three seconds of Foolish Freight Cars are cut out.
  • On Netflix and Hulu, the credits from the New Series are used.
  • In digital releases, after Donald and Douglas, Duncan's nameboard is shown twice.
  • In the DVD booklet, it is listed that Thomas' Trackside Tunes was available on DVD, but it was not released until 2008.
  • Henry is shown on the Brazilian DVD cover instead of Percy with the parachute in the water.
  • George Carlin is credited in the opening credits of the Brazilian DVD.
  • In the Latin American description, Wilbert Awdry is mistakenly spelled as Wilfred Awdry.
  • On the 1999 tape label, Britt Allcroft is misspelled "Beth Allcroft."
  • The back cover of the DVD release incorrectly dates this release as 2002, even though it was released in 2003.

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