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"Cranky! Salty! Look! That must be Misty Island!"
— Percy
Misty Island Rescue

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Sharon Miller


Michael Brandon (US)
Michael Angelis (UK)

Music by

Robert Hartshorne


HiT Entertainment
Lionsgate (US)
ABC for Kids (AUS)
UHE (Taiwan)
Barnas Favoritter
(Denmark, Norway,
and Sweden
Europa Mini (Germany)
Sony Creative Products
Big Picture (Spain)


September 7th,
2010 (US)
September 30th,
2010 (AUS)
October 11th,
2010 (UK)
November 26th,
2010 (GER)
October 5th,
2011 (SWE)
October 19th,
2011 (NOR)
October 28th,
2011 (JAP)
November 1st,
2011 (DEN)
November 11th,
2011 (FIN)
October 3rd,
2012 (SPN)


60 mins

Preceded by

Hero of the Rails

Followed by

Day of the Diesels

Misty Island Rescue is a feature-length Thomas and Friends special released as a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack in the US on September 7th, 2010 and on DVD in the UK on October 11th, 2010.


A new Search and Rescue Centre is being built on the Island of Sodor as a base of operations for Harold, Rocky, and a new lifeboat named Captain. Special super strong, deep red Jobi wood, from Hiro's homeland, is being used to make the Centre. All the engines are very excited and all want to help deliver the Jobi wood to the Rescue Centre. Frustrated at being teased by Thomas for not being a steam engine, Diesel tries to prove his superiority over the steam engines by taking the Jobi wood to the Rescue Centre himself and races down the tracks. Thomas sees that Diesel is going too fast and chases after him. The chase results in an exciting rescue as Thomas saves Diesel from falling over the edge of the unfinished bridge but the Jobi wood crashes into the sea below - now there is no wood to build the Rescue Centre.

As a reward for his daring rescue Thomas is given the job of collecting new wood from the mainland. He is then told there is no room on the steam boat, but Thomas asks to be carried on a raft behind the boat. Thomas waves goodbye to his friends at Brendam Docks and heads across the sea to the mainland. That night the raft carrying Thomas becomes separated from its tugboat and Thomas ends up alone and stranded on the mysterious Misty Island - a wild and wonderful island with a multitude of secret hide outs, rickety tracks, and bridges. Thomas discovers that the island has its own railway and meets the three engines, known as the "Logging Locos", who run it - Ferdinand, and two small twin engines named Bash and Dash, who were sent to the island after causing trouble on the mainland. Thomas also finds that Misty Island has plentiful supplies of the rare Jobi wood. With the help of his new friends, Thomas attempts to find his way back to Sodor and uncovers more of Misty Island's mysteries - including a tunnel that connects the two islands. Meanwhile, out at sea, Harold and Captain carry out a search party to look for Thomas.

Thomas decides to go through the tunnel back to Sodor, but he and the Logging Locos get trapped after the tunnel falls in. Thomas then tries the smoke signals Salty told him about. After being spotted by Percy, the Fat Controller, James, Edward, and Gordon sail to Misty Island in hopes of finding Thomas while Percy and Whiff go through the tunnel. They eventually come to the blockade, break through to Thomas, and they all puff back to Sodor. Thomas sails back to Misty Island again to find the Fat Controller and the engines.

After the Logging Locos are given the Sodor treatment at the Steamworks, they help to build the Rescue Centre. They finish it in time and it is soon opened. 

As the engines are laughing with their new friends at the Search and Rescue Centre, Diesel 10 rolls up on the mountain ledge, sniggers, and glares down at the engines remarking that they will laugh on the other side on their boilers soon.




UK and AUS


Rupert Degas was the original voice of Diesel 10 in both the UK and US versions, but was replaced by Matt Wilkinson for the final cut.

Bonus Features



  • "The Search for Thomas" game
  • Misty Island Rescue Karaoke music video
  • Sir Topham Hatt Karaoke music video


  • Misty Island Rescue Theatrical Trailer
  • Day of the Diesels Trailer
  • 100 Years of Wilbert Awdry


  • Misty Island Rescue Karaoke music video


  • This special marked Diesel 10, Salty, Whiff, Stanley, and Butch's first appearances in CGI.
  • This special was shown in select US, UK, and Australian theaters. It was also shown on many PBS stations a few weeks before its release in the US and later aired in the UK on Channel Five's Milkshake on Christmas Eve 2010 then again on Easter Sunday 2011, with Diesel 10's scene omitted. It also aired on PBS Sprout on August 20th, 2011, in the UK on Nick Jr on October 28th, 2012, and in Norway on TV 2 December 29th, 2013, January 3rd, 2014, and Easter 2014.
  • This was the first special to be released on Blu-ray for the US and Australia. It was also intended to be released on Blu-ray in the UK in April 2011, but HiT cancelled the plans at the last minute.
  • This release is available on iTunes.
  • This marks the only time in the US that the DVD disc doesn't feature Thomas.
  • This is the only special to have Ben Small as the voice of Ferdinand in the UK narration.
  • The picture of Harold on the front cover is taken from James Works It Out.
  • Stock footage from Henry's Good Deeds is used.
  • Ferdinand says "That's right!" seventeen times during the special.
  • Diesel has a different horn sound.
  • This was Sharon Miller's first special as voice director. This was also her only special as creative producer.
  • This was Jo Jordan's only special as creative producer.
  • When Thomas first arrives on Misty Island, Dash is the engine that plays "rattling wheels" with him.
  • Diesel 10 was originally voiced by Rupert Degas.
  • Diesel 10's appearance foreshadows Day of the Diesels.
  • This special takes place between the thirteenth and fourteenth seasons.
  • This is the first special to have a post-credits scene.


  • Jules de Jongh is mentioned in the UK credits despite not having a role.
  • On the cover, Harold is smaller compared to Captain.
  • In the Fat Controller's trailer, while he is on the phone, his calendar has a promo picture of Thomas. And, apparently, the events of this special take place in April 1960; five years after The Great Discovery. The year was removed from the calendar during the story itself, but for some unknown reason, it can still be seen during the end credits.
  • If the events of this special take place in 1960, Salty's appearance is impossible as his basis was not built for another two years. It would also be impossible for Emily to appear, because she arrived in 1967 or later, as Oliver, whose life she saved on her first day, arrived in 1967.
  • Early in the special, Harold is flying above Percy on his way to the Search and Rescue Center. When Harold lands, however, Percy is nowhere to be seen.
  • While flying to the Search and Rescue Centre, Harold is shown from behind. Contrary to other appearances, his elevators have a pronounced anhedral deflection of about 20 degrees.
  • After saying that the logs are lost, Thomas says he feels badly, whereas he should have said that he feels bad.
  • When the other engines whistle goodbye to Thomas, Salty shuts his eyes like the rest of the engines as if he's honking his horn; but no horn is heard.
  • When the Fat Controller peers into the Misty Island tunnel, Whiff has no lamp. However in the next shot, he does.
  • When the engines whistle at Tidmouth Sheds, Emily has Rosie's whistle sound.
  • During the night scene, the steam-boat's mast lights are backwards: the green light is for starboard (right) and the red light is for port (left).
  • When Thomas and the logging locos puff towards the tunnel, Thomas is pushing a flatbed of Jobi logs, but when they arrive at the tunnel's entrance, he's pulling it.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Toby, Emily, Hiro, Rosie, and Diesel's trains.
  • In the UK narration, it is said that Thomas had to be coupled up to some freight cars of bricks. Freight cars is an American term.
  • Approximately thirty-six piles of Jobi logs were on the steamboat, however only three are unloaded onto Diesel's train.


  • Wooden Railway: Thomas at Sea, Dash, Bash, Ferdinand, Captain, Captain's shed, Sodor Search and Rescue Center, On Misty Island Set
  • TrackMaster: Shake Shake Bridge Set, Zip Zoom Logging Adventure Set, and Percy & Captain's Sea Rescue
  • Take-n-Play: Bash, Dash, Ferdinand, Captain, Harold and the Search Cars, Rescue from Misty Island

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Rettungseinsatz Nebelinsel Rescue Operation Fog Island
French Opération secours sur L'Ile de Brume Operation Help on the Isle of Mist
Dutch Gered op Misty Eiland Saved on Misty Island
Norwegian Redningsaksjon på Tåkeholmen Rescue On Misty Island
Japanese ミスティアイランド レスキュー大作戦! Rescue Strategy of Misty Island
Polish Przygoda na Wyspie Mgieł Adventure on the Isle of the Mists
European Spanish Operación de Rescate en la Isla de la Niebla Rescue Operation from the Mist Island
Mexican Spanish Rescate de la Isla Misteriosa Rescue from Misty Island
Greek Διάσωση στο νησί της ομίχλης Rescue on the Island of Fog


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