Aimed at very young children, this gentle adventure about an extremely nice little train is a welcome alternative to such hyperkinetic drivel as Pokémon, but is a bit dull for adults. Thomas the Tank Engine and his old-fashioned steam
engine friends live on the magical island of Sodor, where trains talk and have smiley faces. They're happiest when working, because being "really useful" is their goal. Their human friend, the 18-inch tall Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin), can travel between Sodor and the real world of Shining Time
Station, a picturesque English town, by sprinkling himself with magical gold dust. Shining Time's residents include Burnett Stone (Pete...