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- “Buzz, buzz, buzz!”
Buzz, Buzz, retitled James Goes Buzz Buzz in American releases, is the seventeenth episode of the third season.
Trevor is enjoying his work in the Vicarage Orchard. It is a beautiful day with birds singing and apples ripening. James arrives and compliments how Trevor feels as well as his paint. Trevor admits that he is bright and cheerful and explains to James that the buzzing noise is from the bees, that are making honey. Trevor is to take the beehives to the station, and the Vicar is to give some of his honey to his friends. When BoCo arrives, he warns the two to not make the bees sting. But James ignores him and both engines leave and set off for the next station.
Bill and Ben are busy arranging trucks but they leave when they find BoCo, who tells Duck about the time he first met the twins. Duck nicknames them "The Bees" and BoCo chuckles and finds a good nickname as a result of their behaviour. James bustles in after having overheard the conversation, he butts in asking Duck if he is ever afraid of bees, and boasts that he would make the bees buzz off by blowing smoke at them, much to Duck's amusement.
The next morning, James prepares to pull the Express and as the passengers prepare to board the train, the porter is in a hurry and accidentally knocks a beehive off the trolley, causing it to shatter. Everyone in the station clears out, and a swarm of bees buzzes onto James' boiler for warmth. One burns his foot, and in retaliation stings James on the nose, turning it red and swollen. James and his crew run off only to leave the coaches behind and try to get the bees off using methods such as spinning on a turntable, washing them off and smoking them out in a tunnel, but all methods are unsuccessful. James' driver suggests to go back to the orchard, which allows the bees to fly off when they see a beehive at the Wellsworth vicarage.
Once back at the sheds, the Vicar is grateful and thanks James for saving the bees, also noting that if it were Christmas, they could nickname him "James the Red-Nosed Engine," much to James and his crew's amusement. Instead, they prefer to call him "the bee's knees," as a sign of how useful he is.
- The Vicar of Wellsworth
- Bill and Ben (do not speak)
- Thomas (cameo)
- Big Mickey (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- One Little Boy (cameo)
- Edward (mentioned)
- Tidmouth Sheds
- Knapford Harbour
- Wellsworth Vicarage Orchard
- Tidmouth Tunnel
- Shunting Yards
- The Waterfall
- Arlesburgh Harbour (deleted scene)
- Sodor Trading Co. (deleted scene)
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Main Line Engines. However, the ending differs from the original.
- The bee that burns himself and stings James is animated. It was animated by Peter Chiang of the Magic Camera Company. They were only credited when the episode was first released in 1992. An animation cel appeared on eBay and was owned by YouTube/SiF member BlueBerkBoco in 2011. Four years later, he sold it on eBay to another buyer.
- A reference to the second season episode, The Diseasel is made.
- This is the first third season episode not to have an "early narration" and use a still of the final shot for the end credits.
- This is the only time that hand drawn animations are used in the series before Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
- On the Shining Time Station ending credits, 10 Years of Thomas VHS/DVD, PBS Kids Sprout airings and Thomas & Friends Classic Volume 3 the UK title is used.
- A limited edition Wooden Railway "James Goes Buzz Buzz" set was released to commemorate this episode. It featured a James with a red nose that, when rubbed, would temporarily go away, as well as BoCo, a turntable, a station with a beehive and the VHS James Goes Buzz Buzz and Other Thomas Stories. It is also shaped like a bee.
- The Tomica diecast toy of James with a red nose is the same toy re-used.
- The Vicar tells James "It's a pity it's not Christmas, then we could call you James the Red-Nosed Engine." This is a reference to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The reference appeared again in the seventeenth season episode Santa's Little Engine.
- In the restored version, the scene of James spinning on the turntable is slowed down and the shot of a male and female passenger staring at the broken hive is omitted.
- S.S. Vienna's model and Big Mickey from TUGS can be seen as Bill and Ben leave. The fire station, the steel company, a three berth garage and a large brown building from TUGS also appear.
- The honeycombs inside the broken beehive are actually pieces of toast.
- Separate face castings (actually re-casts of three existing moulds/expressions - happy, cross, tired) for James, painted in a gloss silver coat as with all the face masks at this time, were made especially for this episode, with characteristic big red nose applied (as if he got stung by a bee) in place of the original nose. This was to ensure the existing moulds would not be spoilt, hence new castings had to be made from these moulds. The face masks were re-painted in a matte grey coat in 2001 (apart from the noses, which kept their distinctive red colour) and appeared again in the 2002 music video James the Really Splendid Engine.
- When Bill and Ben puff away, one is not puffing smoke.
- Studio equipment is visible when BoCo talks to Duck.
- The narrator states that the bee that stung James burnt one foot but it actually burnt two feet.
- When the people are racing out of the station, the platform bounces up in some frames, and one of the stone pillars by the entrance moves slightly.
- When the bees fly around the driver and fireman, James' cab roof is white. In the same shot, the station wall behind them is a blank, grey wall.
- In some scenes, some black glue can be seen wrapped around James' funnel, which indicates that at some point, James' funnel had been broken during production.
- The bee that stung James' nose was described as a male, but only female bees sting.
- In the Buzz Book, one picture shows BoCo with a yellow bufferbeam.
- When James arrives at Tidmouth, he stops at the front of the station; but in his point-of-view of the bee, he is in the middle of the station.
- There appear to be two Mrs. Kyndley's at Tidmouth, one in her first season form and one in her fifth season form.
- The bee that stung James has only four legs, when bees actually have six.
- When James backs on his train before being stung, he moves too far back and hits the coaches. They can be seen moving backwards after James stops.
- George Carlin gives the Vicar a different voice than he did in the previous episode.
- James: Hello, Trevor. You look as bright and cheerful as my red paint.
- Trevor: Oh, I am.
- James: What's that noise?
- Trevor: It's the bees. They're all in these boxy things called beehives. I'm taking them to the station. The Vicar says his bees make good honey and he's giving some of them to his friends.
- [BoCo arrives]
- BoCo: Take care, you two. Don't make the bees angry. They might sting you.
- [James ignores BoCo and leaves the orchard]
- BoCo: I remember the first time I met those two. They nearly made my eyes pop out. Edward soon put a stop to their games.
- Duck: Edward is the only one who can keep Bill and Ben in order. I sometimes call them the bees.
- BoCo: A good name. They're terrors when they start buzzing around.
- [James bustles in]
- James: What's that, Duck? Are you afraid of bees? They're only insects, after all. So don't let that buzz-box diesel tell you different.
- Duck: His name is BoCo, and he didn't. We--
- James: I wouldn't care if hundreds were swarming around! I'd just blow smoke and make them buzz off!
- Duck: Buzz, buzz, buzz.
- James: [after the bees swarm to his boiler] Buzz off! Buzz off!
- Narrator: One bee burned his foot.
- Bee: Ooh! Aah! Ow! Phew! Phew!
- Narrator: The bee thought James had burned it on purpose, so it stung James right back on the nose. (the bee stings James)
- James: EEEEEEEE!!!
- Wooden Railway - James Goes Buzz Buzz set and James Goes Buzz Buzz Collection Piece (both discontinued)
- Tomica (discontinued)
- Take Along (discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail - Bees Chasing Along with James
- TrackMaster - James Goes Buzz Buzz (discontinued)
- Capsule Plarail - Red-nosed James (normal and metallic)
- Motorized Railway
- Push 'n' Go
- Limited Edition Collection
- Ofuro de MiniCar
- Buzz Books - James and the Bees
- Books - James Goes Buzz, Buzz
- Magazine Stories - James and the Bees
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