Two islands, many freaks

Is Thomas and Friends the vehicular version of The Island of Dr. Moreau? Let’s do a simple test.

 

1. Does it take place on an island?

 

Island

 

Also Island

Check.

 

2. Are most of the inhabitants half-human, half–something else?

Half Animals

Half Trains

Check.

 

3. Is the island ruled by a heavyset, eccentric tyrant?

Brando

The Other Brando

Check.

 

4 and 5. Does the tyrant have a helper who is insane and a drug addict? Does the casting of this role in a film version make you exclaim, “What in Hell’s bells possessed him to do this movie!”?

Moreau's Little Helper

Hatt's Little Helper

Check, check. (Mr. Conductor from the Thomas stories travels from place to place using “gold magic dust.” Close enough.)