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Stars come out for Thomas & Friends movie premiere

Peter Andre leads celebs, media and fans down the blue carpet for London launch of Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures

Saturday saw over 400 fans of the world’s most famous blue engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, plus singer, entertainer and guest star Peter Andre along with celebrity guests, walk the blue carpet at the global premiere of Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie at Vue cinema, Leicester Square.

The premiere screening introduced fans to the new 80-minute CG-animated special, showing at 400 cinemas throughout the UK from 20 July 2018 before it then hits screens around the world.

The new movie features Peter Andre, who is the latest celebrity to voice a character in Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures. Peter brings to life the central character of Ace, a bright yellow and very cheeky Australian rally car who inspires Thomas to leave his home of Sodor and travel around the world with him. Peter has also recorded a new song for the movie called Free and Easy, which will be available on Spotify from the 20 July.

Also part of the cast is multi-talented Kenyan actress and voiceover artist, Yvonne Grundy, who voices protagonist Nia, the first African tank engine to join Thomas & Friends. Nia has been specially developed with the help of the UN and experts from the Royal African Society, and is a tank engine just like Thomas who will then go on to join the TV show as part of the famous Steam Team. 

The new movie is the thirteenth feature-length film to be produced by the world-famous franchise and the first to hit screens following a major refresh to its content which will see a new series of the same name, Thomas and Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! (26 x 11’ episodes) launch in September. This makes the movie the most ambitious and anticipated Thomas & Friends release to date, as the brand continues to evolve to ensure it remains relevant for the next generation of parents and children around the world.

“The brand is undergoing a huge evolution to ensure it remains competitive for today’s audiences and this movie exemplifies this in a wonderful way with entertaining content that will help children discover and learn about the bigger world with a trusted friend," said Kate Schlomann, VP & General Manager, Thomas & Friends. "The new movie also offers the brand several new opportunities across the franchise from theatrical events to Consumer Products as well as a range of new exciting toys. This is a huge year for Thomas & Friends!"

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Moviesees Thomas undertake his most epic journey ever as he leaves Sodor to fulfil his dream of seeing the world! The action-packed adventure begins when a mischievous little racing car called Ace comes to Sodor and inspires Thomas to embark on an ambitious trip-without the Fat Controller’s permission! This heroic quest takes Thomas across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains as he travels across five continents seeing sights he has never seen before! On his journey to discover new places and cultures, Thomas makes friends with an adventurous, inspiring and fun tank engine from Kenya called Nia. But with so much for Thomas to learn about the world, will Nia be successful in teaching him a lesson about the true meaning of friendship? 

Products supporting the movie include the exciting Thomas & Friends Turbo Jungle Set and Nia engines in the TrackMaster and Adventures segments.The Turbo Jungle Set features a motorised Thomas train that can travel up to 2.5 times faster than normal TrackMaster engines so kids can recreate scenes from the movie. Peter’s character Ace will be available as a toy in both the Adventures and TrackMaster ranges this summer.

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