Mattel Announces Global Renewal of Hit Animated Series Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go
Mattel has announced the animated series based on Thomas the Tank Engine has been renewed for two additional seasons. Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studios has begun co-production with Mattel Television on the two new seasons which are set to deliver in 2023. Building upon the emphatic reception to Season 26 and the introduction of the series’ first autistic character, Bruno the Brake Car, seasons 27 and 28 will continue to broaden the global viewership of the celebrated series and are comprised of 26 11-minute episodes; each series also includes its own 60-minute special.
Season 27 finds the Number One Engine and his Sodor squad more ready than ever, as surprises await them around every turn. From cleaning up the muddiest of messes to the grand opening of a bakery-café, Thomas, Percy, Kana, Nia, Diesel and Bruno are all aboard for more memories and hijinks. No matter how big the delivery or impossible the task, there is nothing that Thomas and his friends can’t accomplish together.
“The global impact of Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go is as strong as ever and has been reinforced through the franchise’s recent introduction of Bruno,” said Fred Soulie, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mattel Television. “Alongside our global broadcast partners, we’re excited to maintain the Thomas & Friends legacy by continuing the beloved adventures of Thomas and the Sodor crew, all while allowing audiences to revel in the playful nature of the series and further connect with our characters.”
Global distribution agreements for seasons 25 and 26, the most recent seasons of Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go (each consisting of 52 11-minute episodes and 1 60-minute special each), include long-standing partners such as Warner Bros. Discovery (Pan-LATAM and US), Milkshake and Nick Jr. (UK), Televisa (Mexico), TV Cultura (Brazil), TF1 (France), Treehouse (Canada), WarnerMedia (EMEA), ABC Kids (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), NHK (Japan), BesTV, Youku, iQIYI, Tencent Video, and Mango TV (China), CJ ENM (S. Korea), TVB and PCCW Media Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong), MOMO Kids Channel (Taiwan), FPT Television Co., Ltd. (Vietnam), rtv (Indonesia), Measat Broadcast Network Sdn Bhd (Malaysia), Mediacorp (Singapore), TrueVisions Group Co., Ltd. (Thailand), Noga (Israel), TV3 (Baltics), as well as Netflix (multi-territory).
Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go is co-produced by Mattel Television and Nelvana, a world-leading producer, distributor, and licensor of children’s animated and live-action content, and is executive produced by Christopher Keenan and Fred Soulie for Mattel and by Colin Bohm, Doug Murphy, and Pam Westman for Nelvana.