The movie will receive a UK nationwide theatrical release in partnership with National Amusements, running in over 400 cinemas from 20th July.
The series has undergone a major refresh by opening up the world of Thomas & Friends. The changes will be first seen in the 2018 tentpole and action-packed, feature-length film, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, where Thomas will embark on an ambitious trip around the world, leaving Sodor for the first time. Travelling across five continents, Thomas will discover new sights and cultures, while making friends with an inspiring and fun Kenyan engine called Nia.
Following the movie, Series 22 (26 x 11’ episodes) will see the iconic blue engine’s adventures continue, with a few visits to Sodor along the way. The show will have a more contemporary feel, increasing global appeal for pre-school viewers. This all-new format series will feature faster-paced action, increased humour and music, new international friends and animals and exciting fantasy elements.
Sanjay Luthra, managing director, Mattel Europe, commented: “We are delighted to announce the theatrical launch and Milkshake! signing of Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!. 2018 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for the brand as we see a huge transformation to the content which offers many opportunities for the franchise, taking Thomas & Friends from an evergreen to a must-have property.”
The new UK deals follow the recent signing for the refreshed new show of broadcaster’s ABC TV (Australia), Televisa (Mexico), TV Cultura (Brazil), Super RTL (Germany) and Nick Jr. (USA).