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By Yoamiwaii, Jan 18 2018 02:46AM


[ARTICLE BY: Amiwaii]


Rewinding to the 1980’s, an era that was showing leaps and bounds with practical effects in television and film. It’s a time prior to the advent of CGI as a constant medium on our screens, but as the technology vastly improved, it proved to be a cheaper and less restrictive way of creating intricate shows. During this decade of excessive synthesizer usage and shoulder pads, came Thomas the Tank Engine, an adaptation of Reverend W. Awdry’s series of books, depicting the adventures on-screen of anthropomorphic model trains in their everyday lives. Stepping out from the success of Thomas came two creative minds who had worked on the series, Robert D. Cardona and David Mitton, the owners of Clearwater Studios. They seemed to take an iota of inspiration from their time on the show to throw themselves into creating an even more elaborate project with its own particular style and appeal.


Thus, the rail tracks were tossed aside, and in its place, a huge water tank took centre stage, in what was a whole different vision in itself, with stories that involved more grit and character depth, and copious amounts of beautifully detailed model work.


This… is TUGS!


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