Jack and the Sodor Construction Company (miscellaneous lost media of spinoff series; existence unconfirmed; 2002)
Jack and the Sodor Construction Company (more commonly referred to as Jack and the Pack) was a short-lived spin-off of the popular British children's TV show Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (known as Thomas and Friends at the time) that starred the characters of the pack, introduced in the Thomas and Friends season 6 episodes "Jack Jumps In" and "A Friend In Need". The show was filmed in 2002 but remained unreleased until 4 years later, when Hit Entertainment released the show on various British and American DVDs. However, only 13 of the shows 26 planned episodes were completed before the series was cancelled by Hit Entertainment, who bought the rights to the Thomas brand while production was underway, as they considered it an inferior ripoff of Bob the Builder, a show they had previously created. This cancellation led to a large amount of possible lost media which has never been released, if it ever existed.
Possible Earlier Incarnation[edit | edit source]
According to an article published in the Guardian, the series's roots could go back even further than the inception of the pack characters themselves. The article, published March 21st, 2001 (more than a year before "Jack Jumps In", the packs introductory episode, first aired in the UK) talks about a Thomas and Friends spin-off starring road vehicles similar to that of Jack and the Pack, but starring existing Thomas characters such as Bertie the bus and Harold the helicopter, instead of completely new characters. It is unknown if this concept got any further than the planning stages, and this article is the only evidence of its existence.
Cancelled Episodes[edit | edit source]
The series was planned to have 26 episodes, similar to that of a typical Thomas season, but only 13 were completed before Hit axed the series. The list of cancelled episodes is as follows:
- No Dozer is an Island
- Friendship Story
- Safety First
- Treasure Hunt
- Snow Rescue
- Bossy Byron
- The Importance of Being Patrick
- Pop Goes the Diesel
- Jack and the Quack
- Alfie Has a Secret
- Isobella Gets Steamed
- Jack and Alfie Swap
- Kelly's Heroes
It's unknown if production had actually begun on these episodes before they were cancelled, and the only details that are known about these episodes are their plot synopses, which certain episodes are still missing. The only production details for these episodes are the writers for 7 of the episodes, With Paul Larson being the writer for "Pop Goes the Diesel" and Bossy Byron, Paul Dawson being the writer for "Snow Rescue", Robin Rigby being the writer for "Treasure Hunt" and "Safety First", Will Ing being the writer for "Friendship Story", and Brian Trueman being the writer for "No Dozer is an Island". Interestingly, based on some of the cancelled episodes plot synopses, it seems as though certain Thomas and Friends episodes were based on these cancelled episodes, such as "Pop Goes the Diesel" (not to be confused with the season 2 Thomas episode of the same name) being reworked into the season 8 Thomas episode "Thomas to the Rescue", and "Jack and Alfie Swap" being reworked into the season 17 Thomas episode "The Switch".
Dropped Characters[edit | edit source]
Along with the scrapped episodes and possible earlier variation, the show also had two dropped characters. One of these was the existing character George the steamroller who had previously appeared in the season 4 Thomas episode "Steam Roller", and the season 5 episodes "Lady Hatt's Birthday Party" and "Bye George!". A large-scale model had been built for George, but this model was later repainted to make the new character Buster the steamroller, likely due to how strange it would have been to have a character who had previously been portrayed as a villain be one of the main characters in this spin-off show. The only image of the model as George can be seen in the DVD Bingo game. The second dropped character was a completely new one named Nigel, who was a lorry painted cream and green with the number 21 on his side. Nigel has reportedly dropped due to none of the episodes scripts had him involved in any way, and the only evidence of his existence is a piece of concept art. No confirmation as to whether or not a model for Nigel exist has resurfaced, and if one does, no photos have resurfaced to prove it. There is still a chance all of this media could still get released, if any of it exists, due to the rising popularity of the pack characters, after Jack made his return to Thomas and Friends in the straight to DVD movie King of the Railway, Alfie and Oliver's return in the straight to DVD movie Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, and Max and Monty's return in season 20.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
Thomas & Friends[edit | edit source]
- Thomas & Friends "Jack Jumps In" (found Alec Baldwin narration of British children's TV series episode; 2002)
- Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels (lost original cut of direct-to-DVD film; existence unconfirmed; 2011)
- Thomas & Friends "Series 7" (partially found original music of American dub of British children's TV series; mid 2000s)
- Thomas & Friends "Series 12" (partially found Pierce Brosnan narrations of British children's animated series; 2008)
Thomas the Tank Engine[edit | edit source]
- Thomas the Tank Engine "Season 3" (found Michael Angelis narriation of British children's TV series episodes; 1991)
- Thomas the Tank Engine "Season 4" (found pre-recorded version of British children's TV series episodes; 1994)
- Thomas the Tank Engine "Down the Mine" (partially found unaired pitch pilot version of children's TV series; 1983)
- Thomas the Tank Engine "The Missing Coach" (partially found footage from unfinished episode of children's TV series; 1986)
- Thomas and the Magic Railroad (found deleted scenes of children's fantasy adventure film; 2000)
- Thomas the Tank Engine (lost pilot episode of unproduced 2D animated adaptation on "The Railway Series" books; 1976)
Other[edit | edit source]
- Thomas the Tank Engine (found original illustrated edition of book; 1946)
- Thomas and the U.K. Trip & Thomas Number 1 (found Japanese "Thomas the Tank Engine" crossover TV special and music video; 1993)
- The Three Railway Engines (found original edition of book; 1945)
- Barry the Rescue Engine (lost production material on cancelled "The Railway Series" book; 1980s)
- The Sad Story of Henry (lost live BBC broadcast adaptation of "The Railway Series" books; 1953)
- Thomas and the Magic Railroad (lost test footage of 3.5" character models for British children's TV series; 1995)
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Page talking about the possible earlier incarnation.
- Page talking about the cancelled episodes and George's removal.