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Thomas' Tall Friend is the first episode of the fourteenth season.
A new animal park is being built on Sodor and Thomas is called upon to deliver a giraffe to the Animal Park as Percy delivers leaves, Edward delivers apple and Gordon to take The Mayor and Sir Topham to open the park. Cranky tells Thomas to wait for the giraffe's keeper but Thomas wanted to show the giraffe to the children and leaves without waiting for the giraffe's keeper. Thomas runs into trouble when The giraffe will not follow Thomas' orders when he could not lay down to go under a bridge. Gordon comes from behind with The Mayor and Sir Topham Hatt on his express, seeing the giraffe blocking his way, Gordon tells Thomas to go back to the Docks for the keeper, but Thomas thinks the giraffe will do what he tells him and went to a siding to let Gordon pass.
Edward arrives and Thomas asked him if the giraffe eat some of his apples so he would lay down, but as soon as the giraffe ate all the apples, he didn't lay down. Edward was not happy about this and tells Thomas to go back to the Docks for the giraffe keeper, but Thomas still thinks the giraffe will do as he says and Edward leaves. Then Percy arrives and Thomas asked him if the giraffe could has some leaves and Percy was happy to help his best friend. After playing and eating the leaves, the giraffe finally layed down and Thomas and Percy chuffed to the animal park.
But when they arrived, The Mayor and Sir Topham Hatt were cross after waiting a long time for the giraffe, but the giraffe wouldn't not wake up. Thomas knows what must be done and goes back to the docks to collect the keeper. After taking him to the animal park, Thomas goes to get fresh leaves and apples to replace the ones the giraffe ate, and returns to the Animal Park with them. The giraffe immediately follows its keeper's orders, and even turns its attention to Thomas when Thomas whistles in joy at seeing it awake. Thomas gets his photograph taken with his new tall friend.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Farmer McColl (does not speak)
- The Mayor of Sodor (does not speak)
- Henry (cameo)
- James (cameo)
- Emily (cameo)
- Stanley (cameo)
- Hiro (cameo)
- Diesel (cameo)
- The Photographer (cameo)
- The Tree Specialists (cameo)
- The Teacher (cameo)
- The Ginger-haired Boy (cameo)
- The photo album at the end of the episode contains photos from the episodes, Thomas and the Runaway Kite and Creaky Cranky and one from the special, Hero of the Rails.
- This marks the debut of the Animal Park.
- After Thomas goes back to the docks, the giraffe's flatbed somehow switches tracks at the Animal Park.
- During the scene at Brendam Docks, Gordon's coaches move positions; one disappears, and later one is not rendered properly, as it goes through Gordon's tender.
- Percy went with Thomas to the Animal Park, then Thomas leaves, but when he came back, Percy disappeared.
- Wooden Railway - Thomas' Tall Friends 3-pack
- Books - The Tall Friend, Thomas' Tall Friend, Holiday Gift Set and Thomas' Tall Friend (China only)
- Magazine Stories - Thomas' Tall Friend/Thomas' Tall Friend
In Other Languages
|German||Thomas’ großer Freund||Thomas' Great Friend|
|Norwegian||Thomas's høye venn||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Finnish||Tuomas ja Pitkäystävä||Thomas and The Tall Friend|
|Japanese||トーマスとキリン||Thomas and the Giraffe|
|Swedish||Thomas långe vän||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Welsh||Ffrind Tal Tomos||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Spanish||La Amiga Alta de Thomas||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Russian||Высокий Гость||High Guest|
|French||Thomas et la girafe||Thomas and the Giraffe|
|Italian||Thomas e il Suo Alto Amico||Thomas and His Tall Friend|
|Czech||Tomáš a jeho vysoký kamarád||Thomas and his Tall Friend|
|Chinese||托马斯的高个子朋友||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Korean||토마스의 키다리 친구||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Hungarian||Thomas hórihorgas barátja||Thomas' Lanky Friend|
|Catalan||L'amiga alta d'en Thomas||The High Friend of Thomas|
|Romanian||Prietenul Înalt al lui Thomas||Thomas' High Friend|
|Polish||Wysoka Przyjaciółka Tomka||Thomas' High Friend|
|Greek||Η ψηλη φίλη του Τόμας||The High Friend of Thomas|
|Danish||Thomas' høje ven||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Portuguese||A Amiga Alta de Thomas||Thomas' Tall Friend|
|Indonesian||Thomas yang Tinggi||Thomas is High|
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