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The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)

A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father in this inventive adventure filmed using stop motion animation techniques. Tom meets... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Upton ...
Pa Thumb
Deborah Collard ...
Ma Thumb
Frank Passingham ...
Man
John Schofield ...
Man
Mike Gifford ...
Woman in bar
Robert Heath
George Brandt
Andy Davis
Dave Alex Riddett
Andy Joyce
Richard Starzak ...
(as Richard Goleszowski)
Tim Norfolk
John Beedel
Andy McCormack
Brett Lane ...
(voice)
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A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father in this inventive adventure filmed using stop motion animation techniques. Tom meets a variety of strange creatures and eventually discovers a race of miniature humans like himself. Written by Keith Loh <keith@mwg.com>

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13 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die geheimen Abenteuer von Däumling  »

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$69,870 (USA)
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Pa Thumb: I know... Why don't we call him Tom? Tom Thumb.
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from Fringe Video Fanzine Issue #002
3 June 2001 | by (Peterborough, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Dark Bolex Bros. fantasy about the life of a miniature baby born into a world of giant misfits & social freaks who grunt and coo without saying anything intelligent. Out of step time and place, populated by scurrying spiders and other unidentifiable species of insects makes this piece much like the films of the Brothers Quay or the outstanding work of animation master Jan Svankmajer. This is a weird film that blends live-action footage with stop-motion claymation set in a world of dark back alleys; high tech labs, and swampy landscapes of garbage ruins. Tom Thumb is stolen from his home in the seedy part of town by sinister government agents. He later escapes from an evil lab where mutation experiments are performed. Narrowly escaping he finds himself in a land of people his own size fighting the big people alongside Jack the Giant killer. Genuine horror and moving moments that have the power to unsettle and enchant in equal measure. Definitely one of the most intoxicating and mesmerizing animated films I've seen in a very long time.


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