Neil Patrick Harris is #ThomasObsessed in New Funny Or Die video

Multi-facted star is the biggest "Tankie" in a room full of Thomas fans

Neil Patrick Harris #ThomasObsessed
Neil Patrick Harris shows how #ThomasObsessed he is in a new video posted on Funny or Die. Funny or Die

When your preschooler likes something, it can often become an obsession. Whether it is asking to read the same story over and over again, or requests to watch the same episode of a favorite show, it is very common for young children to go on a "pop culture" jag -- very similar to when they only want to eat chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese for every meal.

Multi-facted star and proud dad to preschool-aged twins, Neil Patrick Harris understands all too well the obsessions of preschoolers.

Neil Patrick Harris’ Thomas & Friends Obsession," is a new "Funny or Die" video that takes a lighthearted look at what happens when parents spend a little too much time watching the same episodes and movies over and over (and over) again.

Created in honor of the 70th anniversary of Thomas the Tank engine, the short film features Harris in a room full of happy Thomas "Tankies" at a "Fan Day Celebration" who are playing together and gleefully talking about why they love Thomas so much. When the kids start to get some facts not quite right, Harris gets a little upset, and begins to educate the youngsters on all things blue engine. (Sorry, cerulean.) When the kids talk back, chaos (and hilarity) ensues.

“As a father of two I truly understand the obsession that kids have with Thomas, mine love him,” said award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris. “There are parents like me everywhere; we know the songs, train names, and fall into the story just like we did when we were kids.

This film is a fun way to let parents know they’re not alone.”

Harris spends about half of the two-and-a-half minute video shouting at young children. Playfully, of course!

"Since I’m morally obligated to not do that in my real life, I thought it’d be potentially cathartic to shout at paid professional child actors instead," Harris, 41, told the website Mashable.

"They were lovely — once they stopped crying."
“We’re excited to partner with Neil Patrick Harris on this hilarious depiction of how kids can be #ThomasObsessed – something Neil and today’s parent can absolutely relate to,” said Geoff Walker, Executive Vice President Fisher-Price Global Brands. “For parents, Thomas transcends generations and now they’re seeing that same joy in their kids.”

Thomas the Tank Engine is a fictional universe that incorporates Thomas and Friends -- a very popular PBS Kids television program produced by HIT Entertainment, DVDs, Blu-rays, books, toys, and a whole line of merchandise including home products, playsets, and more. 

All of the action in Thomas' world takes place Island of Sodor, and features Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends -- trains, planes and other moving vehicles. Through the adventures of this varied cast of characters, young children are able to glean valuable lessons about life lessons and social behaviors including being a good friend, using manners and the importance of working hard and helping with chores.

The animated CGI series first aired in Britain in 1984, but Thomas can trace his roots all the way back to 1946 when he appeared in the second book of the Railway Series, written by father/son team the Rev. W. Awdry and Christopher Awdry. 

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