Thomas and friends is all about the cheeky little engine Thomas, who is like a child, and all the other engine friends doing things with their personalities. They are living on a beautiful island, away from the noisy city, all of the small trains are happy to do their jobs every day. They all have one thing in common: they are reflected in children. They are small trains, but they are also children, naive, willful, naughty, love to show off, like to compete, strong curiosity, like adventure, lack of judgment on their behavior.
Each story in Thomas and friends have a profound growth with small seeds, due to their own weaknesses then they get a series of trouble or adventure, learn lessons and began to reflect on the wrong action correction, and finally they admit that they are all “really useful small train”.
Thomas and the other small trains, some beautiful, some ordinary, some doing the decent work, some doing the dirty work. But everyone is a useful small train, each small train can not be replaced.
Straightforward stories,bold colors and clear facial features. I remember it’s the faces on each engine which first attracted my sons’s interest on Thomas and friends.
And Thomas stories are chock full of learning: loyalty, honor, decency, kindness and compassion. They teach real morals and values.
Thomas may represent a gentler, slower paced world to my sons. They like Thomas trains is because they just do it. Another possibility is that my two sons appreciate the subtle relationships within the Thomas stories, and the fact that kindness ultimately wins out. But I also have to admit that they like the crashes best and they are fascinated by the mechanics of Thomas.
I don’t have daughter, so I don’t know the difference between boys and girls. But one thing I’m quite sure that little boys like trains because they represent the masculine power and capability to which they aspire.
A lot of times while watching Thomas and friends videos, my sons are playing with almost all of the Thomas railway trains and the Brio railway tracks at the same time.
Not only children, adults will make mistakes. But if each of us can correct our mistakes in time, like Thomas the small train, then we can find the meaning of our existence.