Do you fondly remember Thomas The Tank Engine steaming down the tracks and learning valuable cultural lessons as he helps his friends out of trouble? You’ll soon be getting another cultural lesson in gender balancing.
There may be a little less Thomas and more female and racially balanced trains teaching those lessons of anti sexism, and environmentalism. Plus, they plan to push the UN’s agenda.
The Daily Mail has the story:
Thomas the Tank Engine to become gender-balanced with more female trains, an African character and episodes abroad – in support of United Nations development goals
An overhaul of Thomas the Tank Engine will see two male engines turfed out to make way for female characters.
Henry and Edward will be moving out of Tidmouth Sheds to make way for Nia, an orange engine from Africa, and Rebecca, a yellow-coloured engine.
They will join Emily, the other female engine, as well as the boys Thomas, Percy James and Gordon.
And the tradition of Liverpudlian narration – which first began with Ringo Starr – will disappear, as well as the theme tune with its roll-call of engine names.
But the the most dramatic change will be Thomas leaving his home on the Island of Sodar as he embarks on adventures across the globe.
Mattel, the US toy giant that owns rights to the much-loved show, collaborated with the United Nations to help meet the organisation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The storylines have been written to meet five of the goals: quality education, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and life on land.
The show had previously come under fire for being too sexist, classist and anti-enviromentalist. Look for the new culturally correct Thomas in 2018.