Thomas the Train DVDs are narrated by a number of people. Two recurring narrators are Baldwin and Carlin. Let's see how they compare eh?
TWO ENTER BUT ONLY ONE EMERGES!!!
1. Articulation of Narration: Advantage Baldwin!
Baldwin is a trained actor whose voice is aged in Scotch. His narration is unparalleled. No contest here.
2. Character Voices: Advantage Baldwin!
Again, Baldwin is a trained actor. He is also a gifted mimic of various accents. He also separates the character speaking from the book direction. For instance when the book reads, "I've got to hurry!", said Thomas. Baldwin reads it as, "I'VE GOT TO HURRY!!" (pause, lowers tone), said Thomas. Whereas Carlin reads it as "IVEGOTTOHURRYSAIDTHOMAS". Again, no contest.
3. Childlike Glee: Advantage Carlin!
While Baldwin provides a professional and Emmy worthy reading, Carlin provides childlike glee. You can tell Carlin is enjoying the book and not taking himself seriously. He gets all into it. Which is so very awesome. No contest here, Carlin rocks the glee!
4. Ability to keep things interesting: Advantage Carlin!
The adult mind wanders when pre-school programming is on. You people without kids have no idea. NO idea what price us parents pay for watching this stuff. But, it's 5 degrees outside and Mac has gone feral. Playing these wee stories provides 15-25 minutes of calm. Snuggles and calm. Yet, when Carlin reads the story, I somehow stay involved with it. There's magic there.
WINNER: George Carlin!!!!
because Kelly Carlin (his daughter) said this about her Dad:
"Most people know George Carlin as an icon of comedy and an advocate of free speech. I just know him as Dad ... And what a dad he was. He taught me the value of speaking the truth in a world that doesn't always want to hear it and gave me the gift of laughter. I love him and will miss him more than words can express".
That being said, what do you think Baldwin's daughter will say about her Dad?
And here is Mac and his Daddy giving him a proper haircut while he watches Thomas!
Now go and make yourself a very useful engine, TOOT TOOT!!