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No Sleep for Cranky is the third (first in Australia) episode of the sixth season.
Brendam Docks is one of the most busiest places on Sodor. Visitors come and go, and cargo comes to be unloaded. This causes trouble for Cranky the Crane, who is forced to work day and night without any breaks. The only company he has are the seagulls who rest on his crane arm. This is why Cranky is always cranky.
One day, Salty arrives late, and Cranky snaps at him. Bill and Ben pull up, and Cranky demands them to hurry up. The twins tell him he is no fun, to which he retaliates. The twins suspect that he is lonely, and Salty compares this hypothesis to an old, lonely Grand Banks lighthouse keeper, which to Cranky's dismay, leads to a story. This makes Cranky even more cranky, and he drops some pipes onto the tracks instead of the flatbeds. They roll into the shed, which topples on the ground, trapping everyone.
Sir Topham Hatt is being measured for a new suit when he gets the news. Knowing that any mishap at the docks can cause confusion and delay, he sets off. He reprimands Cranky for his actions, and tells the engines that they will have to wait for help. Cranky groans as Salty mutters those six fateful words: "That reminds me of a story!" All through the night, Salty tells sea stories, hurting Cranky's ears and delighting Bill and Ben.
In the morning, Salty is still telling tales. Cranky is about to lose it when Harvey finally arrives. Cranky is happy and claims he will never be rude again in exchange for not listening to Salty's stories. Soon, Cranky is a happy crane, saying "please" and "thank you." Thomas and Percy are amazed, and Thomas says that this is new. Unfortunately, he speaks too soon, as Cranky cannot help dropping more pipes, blocking Percy. Thomas, Percy, and Harvey find this funny, but Cranky is just cranky.
- Bill and Ben
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Gordon (cameo)
- James (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Refreshment Lady (cameo)
- Cyril the Fogman (cameo)
- The Tailor (cameo)
- Henry (deleted scene)
- The Lighthouse Keeper (mentioned)
- Going by production order, this is the first episode of the sixth season.
- Stock footage from, Harvey to the Rescue, Salty's Secret, Cranky Bugs and Something in the Air is used.
- This is the first episode written by Paul Larson.
- This is the only Season 6 episode to be entirely filmed in 4:3 fullscreen and not filmed in 16:9 widescreen, excluding the stock footage from Harvey to the Rescue.
- This is one of the few episodes of the sixth season re-narrated by Michael Brandon in the US and Michael Angelis in the UK with music composed by Robert Hartshorne and Ed Welch.
- Salty refers to "the Grand Banks," an island off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
- Salty gains a face mask which was only ever used in this episode.
- This episode came in Australia and came first on UK DVDs before Salty's Secret and Harvey to the Rescue, so viewers would not know who Salty and Harvey are.
- When the narrator says, "...so cranky that he swung his arm around," a wire is used to swing Cranky around.
- When the shed falls, Salty is actually hit by it.
- Salty's right eye moves upwards when he says, "You've blown the main now, matey!"
- Salty shakes a bit when he says, "Reminds me of a lonely old Grand Banks lighthouse keeper!"
- In Salty's story, it is obvious that the waves pelting the steamer are sprayed by a hose.
- In the close-ups of Cranky, his eye mechanism is visible in his cab.
- The man who told Sir Topham Hatt about the news does not have any eyebrows.
- In a close-up of Thomas, wires can be seen in Percy's right window.
- The truck that Cranky places the pipes on in front of Salty disappears after Salty arrives.
- Because stock footage is used, at the start of the episode, the chains' positions on Cranky's load of wood change between shots, and the metal strips supporting Cranky's arm are replaced with chains and Brendam Docks has four tracks next to Cranky.
- Books - No Sleep for Cranky and Excitement at the Port (Germany only)
- Magazine Stories - No Sleep for Cranky
In Other Languages
|Norwegian||Ingen søvn for Cranky||No Sleep for Cranky|
|Japanese||ねむれないクランキー||Cranky Can't Fall Asleep|
|Danish||Crankys lange nat||Cranky's Long Night|
|Swedish||Sömnlösa Gnällis||Sleepless Cranky|
|Italian||Cranky non dorme mai||Cranky Never Sleeps|
|Slovenian||Živko nima časa počivati||Cranky has no time to Rest|
|French||Non Dormir pour Cranky||No Sleep for Cranky|
|Romanian||Fără Somn pentru Cranky||Cranky Without Sleep|
|Chinese||难以入睡||Difficulty Falling Asleep|
|Korean||심통 대장 크랭키||Sea Captain Cranky|
|Slovak||Nespi Cranky||Do Not Sleep Cranky|
|Russian||Бессонная ночь Крэнки||Cranky's Sleepless Night|
|Hungarian||Cranky Nem Alhat||Not Cranky Sleep|
|Polish||Bezsenność Karolka||Without Sleep for Cranky|
|Dutch||Cranky mag niet slapen||Cranky Can Not Sleep|
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