EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 2, 2015 – (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, the Emmy Award-winning comedy site, Funny Or Die and Thomas &Friends, unveiled "Neil Patrick Harris' Thomas & Friends Obsession," a new video starring award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris. The short celebrates Thomas' 70th anniversary by highlighting a uniquely Thomas storyline that only parents of #ThomasObsessed children can understand.
Harris stars as an unabashed, self-professed Tankie, a Thomas & Friends super fan, who lets his fandom run wild in a room full of young Tankies. The film brings to life children's lovable obsession with Thomas and what it means to be #ThomasObsessed.
"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."
"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."
The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq:MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel's portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People® and Power Wheels®, MEGA® Brands, including MEGA BLOKS® and RoseArt®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel's companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel.
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Source: Mattel Inc.
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