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Tom Thumb (1958)

Approved | | Family, Fantasy, Musical | 24 December 1958 (UK)
Follows a boy, no bigger than a thumb, who manages to outwit two thieves determined to make a fortune from him.



(screenplay), (based on a story from the pen of) (as the Brothers Grimm) | 1 more credit »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Tom Thumb
The Lover: Woody
The Lover: Forest Queen
Ian Wallace ...
The Cobbler
Peter Butterworth ...
Town Crier
Yawning Man (voice)
Con-Fu-Shon (voice)


Follows a boy, no bigger than a thumb, who manages to outwit two thieves determined to make a fortune from him.

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Release Date:

24 December 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El pequeño gigante  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Yawning Man" puppet was later used as one of the elves in 'The Cobbler and the Elves' sequence from the Pal feature The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962). See more »


Given the density of gold, Tom would be unable to pick up coins so easily. See more »


Ivan: There are two crooks here - and both of them are you!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the pages of a book, which a male hand is turning. The first couple we see are shown through a magnifying glass, a reference to Tom Thumb's size. See more »


Spoofed in Shrek 2 (2004) See more »


tom thumb's Tune
Music and Lyrics by Peggy Lee
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The perfect movie for kids?
29 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

When I was a kid, this was among my favourite movies. The story of an old couple who are finally granted a wish to have a son, only to find he is just as tall as a thumb, is heartwarming and funny. And the naive character of the boy, the clumsy and funny villains, the comic relief characters, all together make this an enchanting tale for kids.

But for me, the highlight of the entire movie was the yawning man. There were lots of funny setpieces (dancing shoes, a romantic sub plot, ...) to extend the length of the movie, which would otherwise have lasted only half an hour or so, but this one stands out in my mind even today: The animated puppet that sings a yawning song, which makes Tom fall asleep. The song was so good, I have never forgotten it, and better yet: It worked. It was incredibly hard for my entire family not to yawn - not because of boredom, but because there are few things as infective as yawning...

So while Harry Potter may be the kiddie-movie of the moment, full of expensive special effects and a world famous franchise, it is hard to beat this old classic with the one thing that Harry Potter lacks: A soul.

Few other kid's movies managed that. Watch "Jack and the Beanstalk" (with Gene Kelly), or a few of the old Czech fairy tale movies (Salt prince, Cinderella with Hazelnuts), and you won't be disappointed. They all had what most ultra-slick kid's movies lack....

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