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?
2. Are most of the inhabitants half-human, half–something else?
3. Is the island ruled by a heavyset, eccentric tyrant?
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!”?
Check, check. (Mr. Conductor from the Thomas stories travels from place to place using “gold magic dust.” Close enough.)