Thomas the Tank

“They say I can’t take that load, but I can.”

“I wouldn’t do that, Thomas”  said ____ the other engine.

“Yes, I can. I will show them.” Then Thomas gets into a scrap, has to be rescued and makes amends for getting too big for his britches, or wheels or whatever.

That’s the premise of 90% of Thomas the Tank.  But it can stop a two-year-old from crying for bit so it’s worth a lot.

My question is do producers of kid shows just throw stuff on the wall and hope something sticks? Or do they put electrodes on kids brains and know they will like a slow moving story about trains, or a purple dino … well, guess he is washed up.