Thomas The Tank Engine's Classic Music sign now

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends has been a popular icon for nearly 70 years in books, but has also been adored over 20 years on television. What really made the Thomas TV Series immensely renowned, other than the memorable characters, soothing narrations and charming storylines, was the music.

From 1984 to 2003, the soundtrack was written, composed and arranged by partners Mike ODonnell and Junior Campbell, the latter who was a member of the band group "Marmalade" from the 1960s and 70s. Every character and incidental theme was composed on classic synthesisers, which were updated in each new series to sound more modern but still keep the charm and familiar tunes in tact. Many nostalgic fans have remembered their themes as they grew up with Thomas and can instantly remember which tune belonged to which character, which they cant help but hum along to. From dramatic build ups to accidents, to sweet bouncy themes that stroll along with the engines as they puff happily along the lines in every scene.

Sadly, after 7 Seasons and nearly 19 years, the classic music we loved to hear, including the unforgettable title theme tune, had been retired and replaced with new music by Robert Hartshorne since HIT bought the rights to the series and wanted to give it a rebirth. While Hartshornes music does justice for the newer episodes with his own original scores, older fans of Thomas know he would never be as good as ODonnell and Campbell.

My whole reason into starting this petition is to get ODonnell and Campbells classic music themes out on CD and available for listening. If you should ever wander into any HMV store, you will see a wide range of musical themes from classic programmes of years gone by - Doctor Who, Bod, The Clangers, Postman Pat, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet - shows like these that are over 40 years old and are selling their soundtracks to fans who remember them, yet I find it a great disappointment that Thomas has yet to do that.

If you are reading this, HIT, we would be ever so grateful if you would hear me out. I know youre selling the Thomas Brand for the younger audience now, but try to think of the older generation; the ones who remembered Thomas for who he once was and the fantastic music it had between Series 1 right to Series 7. Weve done so much for our childhood hero over the years and wed be thankful if you could please release the classic music that gave Thomas its charm and delightful feel to every episode. Undoubtedly, Mike ODonnell and Junior Campbell were part of the glue that made us love Thomas almost as much as the characters and stories.

So please, if you do love Thomas and its classic synthesised music, sign this petition so we can get these themes released on Soundtrack Albums for us to buy and listen to over and over again and to relive our childhood memories of music gone but never forgotten.

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Latest Signatures

  • 12 February 20161000. The Reverendverewilberta
    From beyond the grave, I hate HiT's new music
  • 07 February 2016999. Nicholas T
    would be great to get all the themes on cd
  • 05 February 2016998. Daniel H
    I support this petition
  • 29 January 2016997. Aiden M
    I support this petition
  • 27 January 2016996. Jorge Chandler
    I support this petition
  • 21 January 2016995. Kirk Warner
    I'd love to Join the Sodor Island Forum
  • 16 January 2016994. Nicholas W
    I would love to the classic themes from Thomas again! Please make it work! Thank you!
  • 16 January 2016993. Isaac G
    Keep the music, and If you release a CD, I'd dash off an purchase a copy... It'd be great for my Trainz Series!
  • 16 January 2016992. Adam L
    I would love to hear these songs of my childhood once more.
  • 10 January 2016991. James F
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016990. Kingshadowtube Akac
    HIT is so heartless
  • 27 December 2015989. Lyle S
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015988. Ben H
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 2015987. Kyle Clements
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015986. Josh M
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015985. Sservice Mcmahon
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2015984. Connor Peters
    I support this petition
  • 02 December 2015983. William N
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015982. Connor S
    It would be great to have all the music from the show, instead of just cutting up the videos to get clear versions of the music.
  • 13 November 2015981. Matthew R
    This is a great idea. My favorite is Jame's theme followed by Gordon's theme, The Fat Controller and Donald and Douglas. The new opening theme is horrible it can't replace the old stuff.
  • 10 November 2015980. Culdee Mccoy
    I love THomas
  • 04 November 2015979. Nicola W
    The 'Thomas the Tank Engine' music was one of the many wonderful things about this show, a CD release is long overdue!
  • 01 November 2015978. Cj B
    I grew up to these sounds and really would like to be able to hear them without fussing with cords for an hour to get the VCR turned on.
  • 19 October 2015977. Von B
    PLEASE bring THOMAS original soundtrack BACK!
  • 17 October 2015976. Daniel R
    I support this petition
  • 17 October 2015975. Thomas P
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 2015974. Brian C
    Classical Thomas themes rock

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Jolene AvilaBy:
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Hit Entertainment, Mike O'Donnell, Junior Campbell


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