Thomas The Tank Engine is going “girl friendly” and will be adding 2 new female cast members to its train stations. The kids tv show has been hit by the Gender Balance argument and the SJW seem to have won. All in a bi for Mattel to sell more toys and make a Thomas The Tank Engine Movie.
Thomas the Tank Engine is about to be hauled into the twenty-first century – as two new female characters join the show as part of a massive overhaul.
Nia and Rebecca will appear in every episode from next year, to help fix the gender imbalance at the shed where Thomas lives.
Three of the seven engines at Tidmouth Sheds will be female, up from just one.
The gender shakeup is just one of the many changes coming to the 30-year-old show – which is going to leave the island of Sodor and tour the world.
Thomas visits real countries for the first time; the animation will move at a faster pace; there’s a new theme song; the characters will crack more jokes; and the narrator will be gone, replaced by the voice of Thomas.
It’s all an effort to shake Thomas’ stodgy image, compete with flashier preschool shows and fight a drop in toy sales.
It’s a big risk for the franchise, which got its start as a book series more than 70 years ago. To avoid any missteps, Mattel consulted with parents, young fans and even the United Nations. In all, the company spent two years working on the makeover.
‘It’s such a huge shift,’ said Kate Schlomann, a vice president of branding at Mattel. ‘We want to make sure we’re here another 70 years.’
Nia, an engine from Kenya, will make her debut next summer in the movie ‘Big World! Big Adventures!’ and then join the TV series in the fall.
Experts at the U.N. advised producers with Nia’s name (it means ‘purpose’ in Swahili) and helped select the African pattern that runs across Nia’s body.
Rebecca’s origins are less exotic. She’ll come from the Mainland near Thomas’ fictional island of Sodor.
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