George Ebenezer Thumb and his wife, Prunhilda, are a medieval, rural, English couple who desperately want a child, and a kindly traveling magician named Ralph K. Merlin uses his powers to ... See full summary »

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Ralph K. Merlin Jr. / King Arthur (voice)
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Julie Bennett ...
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George Ebenezer Thumb and his wife, Prunhilda, are a medieval, rural, English couple who desperately want a child, and a kindly traveling magician named Ralph K. Merlin uses his powers to give them one - a thumb-sized baby who grows into a tiny knight to serve King Arthur. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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19 January 1963 (USA)  »

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Spoofs I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) See more »

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I Was a Teenage Thumb was another latter-day Warner Bros.-Chuck Jones cartoon I watched on YouTube
17 January 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this latter-day Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon on YouTube. Directed by Chuck Jones with Maurice Noble, this cartoon seemed to be their version of the Tom Thumb story with the parents, especially the wife, wanting a child. Then Merlin, who changes into anything for seconds at a time, grants the wife's wish when he overhears her. Then after the boy is taken away by a cat...oh, watch the short on YouTube or anywhere you encounter this if you want to see what happens. What I'll tell you is this cartoon has a "Fractured Fairy Tales" vibe that you'd recognize if you've ever seen that particular segment on "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show". Quite dryly funny throughout with a sort-of British flavor that Jones seemed into during this period. So for that reason, I highly recommend I Was a Teenage Thumb.


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