Hold onto your engines, Thomas the Tank fans!
Everyone’s favourite little blue train is back in town and he’s bringing a whole whack of footy legends with him.
For the second year in a row, Thomas & Friends has partnered with the AFL to create THREE new episodes of every train-mad preschooler’s favourite cartoon.. And this time Geelong’s favourite footy son, Gary Ablett Jr, is coming along for the ride.
Gazza, who normally lets his long kick do the talking, is lending his voice to Gary the Ute in a special Grand Final edition of Thomas & Friends. And the first-time dad-to-be is chuffed to join in the fun.
“It’s a really cool collaboration to be part of and I was chuffed to voice a namesake character,” says Gary. “Gary the Ute – you can’t get more Australian than that!”
Take a look at all three footy-inspired videos below.
The search for the cup
Gazza joins Shane the Train (voiced by Richmond star Matthew Richardson) and Tracy the Tram (aka Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s legend Sabrina Frederick-Traub) in a search around Australia to find the missing 2018 AFL Premiership Cup.
Matthew and Sabrina, who return for their second season, are equally as excited. “I loved being part of the first series,” says Matthew. “My daughter was born not that long after the release, so I can’t wait to share all the episodes with her when she’s older.”
Sabrina confesses she’s slightly jealous of her tram alter-ego’s popularity. “My mum’s book club friends made Tracy the Tram t-shirts for them to wear which is kind of cute,” said Sabrina. “I’m super pleased that Tracy’s tram number is now 14, my playing number!”
Season two of Thomas & Friends’ AFL adventure is available to view now on YouTube. Season one is also still available for Thomas fans to catch up on.
Full steam ahead we say!
Footy mad household? While the kids are checking out the AFL videos, make sure you check out these 51 footy inspired baby names.