Thomas & Friends: Race for the Sodor Cup is available on Netflix now. | Source: Mattel Television

Today’s the day we race — race to the TV to watch the premiere of Thomas & Friends: Race for the Sodor Cup on Netflix!

In this animated Thomas & Friends special, engines from around the world are preparing for the biggest race Sodor has ever seen. Kids can watch Thomas, Kana, Percy, Nia, and Diesel learn how to use both their strengths and weaknesses to work together as a team to try and win the famous Sodor Cup. During practice, Kenji — one of the favorites to win the race —  suddenly breaks down and is forced to withdraw from the competition. Kana, an electric engine with lightning speed, pairs up with Thomas as a result. Thomas is not as fast, but he makes up for it with his courage and determination. As we get closer to the race, the two trains learn to work together to overcome their conflicts just in time to cross the finish line.

This heartwarming special from Mattel and Nelvana Studio will teach kids the importance of working together and that no matter how different we are, we can always help each other to win as a team. Fred Soulie (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe), Christopher Keenan (Thomas & Friends), Pam Westman, Colin Bohm, and Doug Murphy (Corn & Peg) serve as executive producers.

“We’re excited to continue the legacy of Thomas & Friends with this new special, Thomas & Friends: The Race for the Sodor Cup. Our mandate across all content is to entertain families while exploring themes that align with our core values. Thomas & Friends is a great example of this as we impart messages of confidence, trust and teamwork to children across both our series and our specials,” Mattel Television Senior Vice President and General Manager Fred Soulie said in a statement.

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Fans can also catch up with Thomas & Friends with the Thomas & Friends: Race for the Sodor Cup Soundtrack or on the Thomas & Friends YouTube channel. Thomas & Friends Storytime is a podcast series featuring stories from the Island of Sodor! Episodes, including origin stories of some of kids’ favorite engines, fairy tales, and more.It is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Kids can also check out Thomas & Friends: Magical Tracks, a free game from Budge Studios available on iPads and mobile devices in which kids can play interactive mini games, collect engines, and explore the Island of Sodor.

Check out this preview of “Kana’s Song” from the Thomas & Friends: Race for the Sodor Cup soundtrack below.

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.