A young Scottish girl's cat, Thomasina, apparently dies at the hands of her widowed veterinarian father. The strained relationship between the girl and her father is eventually repaired with the return of Thomasina and the aid of a beautiful and mysterious "witch" who seems to have powers to revive and heal animals. Written by
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Author of the book "Thomasina" Paul Gallico was present on the set during filming by special invitation. As Gallico quickly came to dislike "the great god Disney", he was vastly amused when one of the felines portraying Thomasina held up filming for two days when she flatly refused to perform a stunt for which she had been trained, in spite of Walt Disney's frustrated bellowing. Paul Gallico recalled in his memoirs: "I was proud of that cat!" As with many films with animals, more than one cat was used to portray Thomasina. Disney put a foreword on the film (DVD special features) and indicated 'Paul Gallico' was his friend. See more »
Scenes showing Thomasina will show an orange Classic tabby and then an orange Tiger Tabby in another. These are two different styles of tabby cats. See more »
They started out by calling me Thomas, but when they, um, got to know me better, they changed it to Thomasina.
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A great classic, now sadly neglected. Fine Family Fare.
Complete agreement with everything positive said about this film. Excellent acting on the part of everyone, kids and animals included! Luckily this was part of a children's film lineup at a local theater and my brother-in-law, sister, and I just saw it for the first time since it was on "Wonderful World of Disney" (circa 1970!) and the kids for the first time.
About the plot holes, my niece had questions about the two fires which I had to explain. A tree, struck by lightning, catches fire outside the "witch's" house while Thomasina is there alone, the other animals presumably in a different room or building. To some viewers it may have looked as though the tree struck the house, but it didn't; it burned in the yard. The fire at the circus destroys several wagons away from the wagons containing the animals. The adults then become worried about getting the kids away from the fire and no one sees to the animals. It's up to the viewer to decide what happened to them. This may upset some sensitive viewers but the only group which may really be offended by this film are gypsies!
What struck me most seeing this film again, from child to adult is, that as an adult, the main plots, with the girl and her father, and the father, Andrew, and Laurie/Lorrie/Lori, were not what stayed with me. What really impressed me about the film was the teenage boy, Hughie, and his two younger friends, spreading tales about the veterinarian--mostly not lies, but very selected and slanted facts. To help the circus animals, Hughie must then swallow his pride and approach same veterinarian. Hughie, the one main character between child and adult, has to go from malicious, childish thought and action to brave adult action (afraid of the "witch," he helps Dr. McDhui in the brawl while the younger boys cower.) He is a central character echoing recurrent themes in the film and what most impressed me as a child--how many other kids' movies, in the past or present, could one speak this way about?
I'd like to add that it is a shame to see some classics which were fine as is being remade and other classics neglected while excellent books such as Mr. Gallico's still languish on shelves waiting to be made into films as good as this one!
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