Tomorrow is Epiphany, the last of the 12 Days of Christmas. (In many time zones it is already Epiphany!)
I've remembered that I had a Christmas Special idea that I was considering for 2014, but decided to not do. I decided this would be a good time to tell you about it.
It was a Thomas special based on It's a Wonderful Life, featuring Duck in the George Bailey role, that I came up with in Spring of 2013. It was my plan to possibly release it for Christmas 2014.
It was going to be in similar style to the original film; It was going to open with God/a head Angel (I'm not sure which it is in It's a Wonderful Life) and the angel Joseph discussing how Duck was in trouble, considering suicide, and that they needed to send an angel down to help him. They choose Lawrence (get it? instead of Clarence?), and Joseph tells Duck's backstory.
It was going to explain how Duck got his nickname after getting into a small accident, which he got into in the process of preventing a more serious accident. (I will go into more detail at a later time if you wish). It would then give an overview of Duck in the series; coming to Sodor, taking charge, the trouble with Diesel, and getting his own Branch.
It would then go into the present time- 2012. At this point I was even considering making both HO and Trainz versions. Duck is feeling depressed that he has lost popularity. He goes to the lead mine and is considering committing suicide by plunging into Thomas' mineshaft.
Lawrence the Angel, taking the form of a steam engine, beats Duck to it, screaming for help. This causes Duck to put suicide out of his mind for the moment, and he instead rescues Lawrence. Lawrence explains he has come to talk Duck out of his depression. He also explains that he decided to take on the form of an engine in order to relate more to Duck. He decided to take the form of an American engine rather than British, as he decided that if this was the only chance he'd get to be a steam engine, he wanted to be an American one.
But Lawrence has a hard time talking with Duck, who insists everyone would be better off if he was never built.
So Lawrence agrees with the Lord to show Duck what it would be like if he had never been built. I should note that I was planning to cover up Duck's number and lettering, similar to how George Bailey no longer had any form of identification. I was also going to have shortly before Duck goes to the mine he get into a minor crash that would damage his coupling. Upon his wish being granted his coupling is mended- similar to George Bailey getting a...well I won't spoilt it for those who haven't seen the original film. I highly recommend it!
Anyway, I never managed to really develop what exactly the world would be like without Duck, besides it being not as good. I know it would have included the Close Shave crash being fatal.
Anyway, once Duck realizes he was wrong, his life is restored to him, and he is happy again. To add to his happiness, he discovers he will be coming back to the TV series.
But due to Cactus190706 beating me to a Thomas version of It's a Wonderful Life, and due to how ruddy long the American Invasion has taken to make, I chose in July 2014 to cancel the project. In addition, Duck's return to the series was old news by then. (At the time of initial development it was a new thing, and still in the future.)
I instead worked Lawrence into the American Invasion.
I should explain more on him- In addition to inheriting several American diesels, I also inherited a steam engine. I was going to use it as Lawrence for the HO version of It's a Wonderful Life, and not include it at all in the American Invasion. After cancelling It's a Wonderful Life, I decided to work the Steam Engine into the film (he'll be in Part 4 and 5) and eventually decided to keep the name Lawrence.
Thank you for reading.
COMING UP NEXT: Full Explanation of WHY The American Invasion is taking so ruddy long to make.