Thomas & Friends is coming to Nickelodeon on the Nick Jr. channel and will also air some specials during the year. Mattel will also allow Nickelodeon to become the exclusive U.S. consumer product agent for Thomas & Friends. This partnership with Nickelodeon is huge as it will get Thomas & Friends back in front of a large audience of Nick Jr. watchers as they start to evolve the Thomas storyline.
While we are fans of the old school Thomas we see the need to capture the current audience and Nickelodeon will be showing some new content as Thomas is going to have an adventure off of Sodor! Hopefully (and we have faith that it will be) they make this adventure something that fits into the franchise itself. As Thomas & Friends evolve we look forward to what sort of new adventures come with this. Based on what they have in mind Thomas will experience new countries and learn about other cultures, which is great for children to learn as well. Thomas will also be speaking directly to the audience, breaking the fourth wall, which is something that has not been done in the series.
The new season of Thomas & Friends will start on Nick Jr. in March and include 11 half-hour episodes in season 21. Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures will be season 22 and will have 13 half-hour episodes. Nick will also be showing movie specials of Thomas during the year including Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, which features content that will appear in season 22 of the franchise in the Fall.
Our two boys grew up on Thomas and we look forward to watching the franchise continue to grow with Nickelodeon to delight another generation of children. Stay tuned for more Thomas toys coming in the future from Mattel as this series once again takes off.
Mattel, Inc., a global learning, development and play company and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, today announced a new U.S. television and consumer products partnership for preschool favorite, Thomas & Friends. The partnership will include the launch of the brand-new seasons of Thomas & Friends on the Nick Jr. channel, as well as additional specials that will air on Nickelodeon throughout the year. Nickelodeon will also become Mattel’s exclusive U.S. consumer products agent for Thomas & Friends across multiple merchandise categories including apparel, accessories, home goods, consumer electronics, and more.
“Securing Nick Jr. as our new home for Thomas & Friends is a huge game changer for the brand franchise, and one that, alongside our reimagined content direction will enable us to captivate new audiences as well as deepen engagement with our existing fans in the US,” said Kate Schlomann, VP & Global Brand GM, Thomas & Friends. “The brand is undergoing a huge evolution to ensure that it remains relevant & competitive for today’s audiences. We are taking Thomas off Sodor for the first time in our episodic series, evolving our storytelling to be more inclusive, meaningful and entertaining which will strengthen our brand franchise. We are thrilled to have Nick Jr. as our partner as we bring the world into a child’s home through the eyes of Thomas & Friends.”
“Thomas & Friends’ iconic characters and engaging stories have resonated with kids for decades and we believe the new seasons will be a great complement to Nickelodeon’s curriculum-driven preschool programming,” said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “We look forward to working with licensing partners to capture the spirit of Thomas through fresh, innovative products that inspire kids to live out their own adventures through play.”
The new season (season 21, 11 half-hour episodes) of Thomas & Friends will debut weekdays in March on the Nick Jr. channel, and full-length episodes and short-form content will also be available on NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App. In addition, movie specials will air on Nickelodeon throughout the year, including the world premiere of Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (1 x 80′). The movie includes newly revamped content that will appear in season 22 of the franchise, premiering this fall.
Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! (season 22, 13 half-hour episodes) had its first screening at the recent 2017 MIP Junior World Premiere TV Screening to much critical acclaim. Season 22, follows the world’s No.1 blue engine as he takes kids on a journey of wonder and curiosity around the world to discover & experience new countries, learn about other cultures and of course, make new friends along the way! In addition to Thomas’ expanded adventures, several aspects of the show were evolved to appeal to contemporary viewers, including: an all-new format series, faster-paced plots, increase in humor, and more action and adventure-based storylines with several new fantasy and musical elements. For the first time ever, Thomas will also be breaking the forth wall and speaking directly to the viewer.
Thomas the Tank Engine™ was originally created over 70 years ago by the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families around the world across multiple touch-points and formats, including; toys, apps; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more. Thomas & Friends is aired in over 160 territories, in over 50 languages with over 1.16 billion lifetime views on YouTube, and offers more than 80 hours of original content produced from 500 episodes and 12 specials.