How fat was the fat controller??

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  1. Kahlesh

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    I'm guessing around 20 stone, he was really short too, I'm guessing around 5'2 - that puts his BMI at about 47.8.

    The poster boy for type 2 Diabetes!
     
  2. Nightowl1701

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    You're referring to Sir Topham Hatt of 'Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends,' I take it? I don't think anyone's called him the Fat Controller since the days when Ringo Starr was the narrator.

    Also, what does this have to do with anything?
     
  3. Tosk

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    Plus, was he a controller who was fat or was he a controller of fat?
     
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  4. Nightowl1701

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    Hatt always looked like Alfred Hitchcock to me, so... whatever size he was, I guess.
     
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  5. Kahlesh

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    In Britain we still call him "The Fat Controller", I was wasted when I wrote this. Sorry.
     
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  6. Tosk

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    You don't have to be sorry, it's just that he wasn't known as the Fat Controller on TV in America. For Brits and Aussies, it's hard to drop the name you grew up knowing him as. :)
     
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    I’ve got a few stories on VHS where they were narrated by Ringo Starr on one tape, while another tape has a different narrator for the same story. Did they have an American and British dub, or did Ringo’s rights only last for a few years and the needed to redub stories for rights purposes.
     
  9. cardinal biggles

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    In the U.S., Thomas & Friends was repackaged as Shining Time Station, which ran for three seasons on PBS. That show had its own cast of characters who would get up to kiddie-type sitcom hijinks; among the characters was Mr. Conductor, who was magical and was about 4-5 inches tall when he wasn't living inside a railroad lantern. Mr. Conductor would, in turn, narrate the Thomas stories that they used in each episode. The first season had Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor; for the second and third seasons, he was replaced by George Carlin. That's what I was familiar with, anyway (my younger brother would watch it when he was growing up), and I lost track of it until my nephews came along, by which time they'd switched to the current format with CGI trains that are able to talk.
     
  10. BillJ

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    I thought this was going to be about the original Xbox controller. :lol:
     
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    I remember “Shining Time”. It was on YTV. But, unless they reran stories from season 1 in seasons 2&3, I don’t see why they would redub certain stories.
     
  12. cardinal biggles

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    It looks like they did repeat some Season 1 stories in the other two seasons, but anything "new" would be redubbed from the British versions regardless. If you have one Mr. Conductor doing the live action segments and a totally different Mr. Conductor narrating the stories, it's going to confuse the kiddies. They also probably would have had to pay Ringo for the use of his narration, so that would be another motivation to have Carlin record new narration.
     
  13. Kahlesh

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    He was so fat, when he got on one of the Trains they couldn't move.

    He was so fat, when he fell between the tracks he got stuck.

    He was so fat when he was on the platform there was no room for other passengers.
     
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  15. TommyR01D

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    It's a common theme in fanfic -
     
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