Pierce Brosnan by John Shearer/WireImage.com Pierce Brosnan by John Shearer/WireImage.com

It was a magical day on the island of Sodor when Sir Topham Hatt addressed Thomas and the other useful engines.

"Everyone, I have news! Following in the footsteps of George Carlin, Ringo Starr and Alec Baldwin.... "

"Piggy-pig-pig!" peeped James, making the Troublesome Trucks giggle.

"Enough outta you," Sir Topham Hatt barked. "Now, where was I? Oh yes. I just read in the Hollywood Reporter that Pierce Brosnan will be the new narrator for the Thomas & Friends TV and DVD series starting with the fall release The Great Discovery."

"Well, bust my boiler!" scoffed Thomas. "He's certainly no George Lazenby."