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Two cranes working in perfect harmony!"
"Don't you mean three cranes? What?"
"So NOW you speak? You've been standing there silent all these years, Big Mickey, and you've never said a single word!"
"Well, you've never said a single word to me either!"


Big Mickey is a large hammerhead crane that works at Brendam Docks, alongside Cranky and Carly. He was originally a character from Thomas & Friends' sister show, TUGS.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

Big Mickey originally worked at Knapford Harbour before coming to Brendam Docks. During his days there, he used to unload the mail from the mail boat into Thomas and Percy's mail vans, for them to deliver all over the island. One of his jobs also involved a grapple bucket.

Sometime later, he was shifted to Brendam Docks and worked alongside Cranky, where he was used to unload cargo from ships. Big Mickey once had to unload a boiler from a ship, but he accidentally swung it and knocked Edward off the tracks onto his side.

Later, when Gator was leaving Sodor, Big Mickey loaded him onto a ship while Cranky was being repaired after his crane arm broke.

In the twenty-first series, he took everyone by surprise after not making communication with anyone for many years and became part of the dockside crew with Cranky and Carly.

Personality

As Big Mickey was said to be silent for a long time, mainly because Cranky has "never said a single word to him", very little is known about him (casting aside his known personality from TUGS), although it can be assumed that he is not the best at communicating, as Salty put it.

Basis

Big Mickey is based on a 350-ton Hammerhead crane. He most strongly resembles the US Navy's "League Island Crane" built in 1919 by the McMyler-Interstate Company for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. At a height of 100 feet and a weight of 3,500 tons, it was the world's largest crane at the time. It was scrapped in 1996 following the yard's closure.

Livery

Big Mickey used to be painted in a light shade of grey during the third, fourth and fifth seasons. However, ever since his overhaul in the sixth season, he has been painted in a warm shade of grey.

On the set of TUGS (1989)

Big Mickey and his model were carried over from Thomas & Friends' sister show, TUGS. He was the yard's biggest crane and voiced by the late Timothy Bateson. Originally stationed at the Steel Company dock and later used by the Navy. In the episode Munitions, a fire causes his dock to collapse and he sinks. After the show's cancellation, his model was refurbished and modified with a warmer shade of grey paint and losing his megaphone.

Appearances

Main Roles

BIG MICKEY - MAIN ROLES
Season 10 - A Tale of Three Cranes
Friendly Faces Around Sodor - Cranky, Carly, and Big Mickey

Total Appearances

BIG MICKEY - WITH FACE - TOTAL APPEARANCES
Season 2 - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 1 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Season 10 - Speaking Roles: 2 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 1 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Season 11 - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 1 - Cameos: 0 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Amazing Adventures - Speaking Roles: 1 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 1 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Friendly Faces Around Sodor - Speaking Roles: 1 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 0 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
BIG MICKEY - FACELESS - TOTAL APPEARANCES
Engine Friends - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 9 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Amazing Adventures - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 8 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0

Totals

  • Speaking Roles: 4
  • Non-Speaking Roles: 1
  • Cameos: 3
  • Faceless Cameos: 17
  • Mentions: 0

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