Friday, October 27, 2006
A Really Useful Engine
My son lived and breathed Thomas the Tank Engine from the age of 3 until around his 6th birthday when he suddenly became too sophisticated for talking trains. That hasn't stopped him from watching the show with his little sister (just to be polite, he explains).
The truth is that he loves Thomas. My daughter loves Thomas. Heck, even I love Thomas. Don't we all just want to be "really useful"?
Thomas made a movie six years ago. It featured clunky directing, awkward acting, and downright terrible writing. But my kids don't care. They love it. After 30 or 40 viewings, even I have to admit that the film has a few redeeming qualities. Alec Baldwin is fun to watch, and Diesel makes a good villain. But what I like the most is the music.
The soundtrack (which is now out-of-print) featured these sweet ballads and pop songs:
Ben Wright - "Summer Sunday"
Maren Ord - "Shining Time"
Joe Henry - "Some Things Never Leave You"
Atomic Kitten - "The Locomotion"
Dayna Manning - "I Know How The Moon Must Feel"
You can still buy the movie on DVD. It's really not that bad. Well, Mara Wilson and Peter Fonda are that bad, but the rest of it is fun.
Posted by Idaho Dad at 11:29 PM