They are the bain of the Thomas fanbase, spreading their negativity around 24/7 about HIT Entertainment. Yes, I'm talking about HIT bashers. They may seem to be a nightmare, but shockingly they aren't. They DO bring up SOME good points.
Over the years, the television series HAS changed a heck of a lot, with the introduction of CGI and the new writing style which, frankly, is getting on EVERYONE'S nerves. Seriously, if you've seen one CGI episode, you've pretty much seen them all. That's how bad the formulaeic plots have become. And while these people do have a right to air their grievances, they're doing so in the wrong way.
They are constantly calling them sHIT Entertainment, and someone has called them HITler. How they can have the nerve to say that when they've had NO CONTACT with HIT's staff is very disappointing. They are just making themselves look very pathetic and very immature. There ARE ways to say there are issues with the series, but attacking the company verbally like that won't solve anything. Besides, HIT Entertainment commision ALL the merchandise, including:
And, yes, they commissioned Bachmann Donald, Douglas and Diesel. So before HIT bashers start with the anti-HIT propaganda, think on...
As for the stories not being based on Railway Series stories (except maybe Tickled Pink), you can't blame THAT on HIT either. Britt Allcroft was the person who bought the television rights from the Awdrys. That means that because of what she did, HIT aren't legally required to base their episodes on Railway Series stories, even if we want them to.
The BIGGEST qualm people have is with the CGI change. Yes, it wasn't the most popular decision, but the simple fact is this: we are no longer living in a world that revolves around what's popular. We are living in a world based on money, and that's the whole world, not just HIT. Sadly, Thomas and Friends is no longer a television series based on a seies of books for a young, sick child. It is a brand, and its main purpose is to make money (hence the new characters, despite their pointlessness). If the brand doesn't make money, it will be cancelled
So a message to HIT bashers, if you want to send a CLEAR message that you don't like the series, here's a simple solution: don't watch and don't buy their merchandise. If you don't, HIT will realise that there is a problem and they would want to do anything to sort it out. That, or just simply email a HIT Entertainment representative airing your issues. Trust me, they won't shout at you if you have GENUINE concerns, but as I say, just going around calling the company every name under the sun isn't helping anyone, so please stop it.