Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mattel Greenlights 'Thomas & Friends' Season 23; To Premiere In 2019

Mattel has greenlit a new season and several specials for Thomas & Friends that will premiere in 2019!

The new series will consist of 20 11-minute episodes and three 22-minutes specials, and continue the classic themes of exploration and discovery while adding new locations and friends from around the world to the growing portfolio on the series. This brings the Thomas & Friends library of content to more than 550 episodes.

The greenlight for season 23 comes after revamped series 22 has been signed up by broadcaster’s Nick Jr. (USA), Channel 5's Milkshake (U.K.), ABC TV (Australia), Televisa (Mexico), TV Cultura (Brazil), and Super RTL (Germany).

It is currently unknown whether the twenty-third season of Thomas & Friends will air on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in the USA.

To better portray diversity, the series got an update for its 26 x 11-minute 22nd season, entitled Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! that will take Thomas beyond the fictional Island of Sodor for the first time. The major refresh will see the iconic blue engine Thomas traveling farther than ever before, taking kids on a journey of wonder and curiosity as he adventures around the world to discover and learn about new countries and cultures. The show has a more contemporary feel, a brand-new theme tune and a refreshed Steam Team to include three girls and three boy engines, and Thomas, ensuring gender equality across the show, increasing global appeal for preschool viewers. This all-new format series will feature faster-paced action, increased humor, new music, new international friends, animals and exciting fantasy elements.

As part of the 22nd season, Thomas will also be embarking on an ambitious trip around the world, leaving Sodor for the first time in the action-packed, feature-length film, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, which is set to premiere on Nick Jr. USA soon and in cinemas across the UK on Friday 20th July 2018.

Thomas the Tank Engine was created more than 70 years ago and that story quickly grew to become the award-winning No. 1 preschool train brand franchise it is today, selling one engine every second, enjoyed by families in more than 160 territories and more than 55 languages across multiple touch-points and formats.

Other big Thomas news in the past year was that the series switched tracks and moved from its longtime US broadcast partner PBS to Nick Jr. USA in March, while Nickelodeon became the brand’s exclusive US licensing agent.

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Sources: Kidscreen, Animation World Network.
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