Thomas the Tank Engine’s new cartoon look is so ‘menacing’ that it’s made children CRY

Thomas the Tank Engine’s new look is apparently so ‘menacing’ that it’s made children cry, steaming parents have warned.  

The beloved children’s classic – which debuted on TV in 1984 with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s iconic narration – has been given a cartoon makeover for new film Race For The Sodor Cup out next Friday.

But the 2D do-over now appears to have backfired after parents raged that their children were ‘devastated’ by Thomas’ new look.

Thomas the Tank Engine’s new look is apparently so ‘menacing’ that it has made children cry, fuming parents have warned

But the do-over now appears to have backfired after parents raged their children were 'devastated' by Thomas' new look

But the do-over now appears to have backfired after parents raged their children were 'devastated' by Thomas' new look

But the do-over now appears to have backfired after parents raged their children were ‘devastated’ by Thomas’ new look 

One parent said the steam engine now looks like a 'thug', with some claiming their children didn't recognise him in pictures ahead of the film's release

One parent said the steam engine now looks like a 'thug', with some claiming their children didn't recognise him in pictures ahead of the film's release

One parent said the steam engine now looks like a ‘thug’, with some claiming their children didn’t recognise him in pictures ahead of the film’s release

One parent said the steam engine now looks like a ‘thug’, with some claiming their children didn’t recognise him in pictures ahead of the film’s release.

‘Why have they made him look like Dennis the Menace? It’s frightening. My five-year-old son is so upset,’ one parent said.

Another thundered: ‘My Thomas-obsessed three-year-old said ‘That’s not Thomas!’ A third said: ‘My six-year-old daughter almost cried. She hates it.’ 

Donna Jacks said on the Thomas & Friends Facebook page: ‘Please tell me it is only this movie the animation has changed for. So disappointing.’

Thomas and Friends the cartoon (pictured) was first broadcast on TV in October 1984

The original books (pictured) were written by Reverend Wilbert Awdry

The original books (pictured) were written by Reverend Wilbert Awdry

The original books (pictured) were written by Reverend Wilbert Awdry

US toy giant Mattel, which bought Thomas’s owner for £500million in 2011, has masterminded the makeover, turning the characters into children, The Sun reports.

Mattel insists the characters are more ‘relatable for our pre-school audience’, telling the paper: ‘We appreciate older fans may prefer the version of the TV show with which they’ve grown up.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Mattel for comment. 

The classic TV series is based on Rev Wilbert Awdry’s books The Railway Series, who made up the stories to entertain his son Christopher, who was ill with measles.   

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