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Thumbelina (1994)

The tiny girl meets a fairy prince who saves her from the creatures of the woods.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jacquimo (voice)
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Mother (voice)
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Thumbelina (voice)
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Hero / Reverend Rat (voice)
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Queen Tabitha (voice)
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King Colbert (voice)
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Joe Lynch ...
Grundel (voice)
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Mrs. (Ma) Toad (voice)
Danny Mann ...
Mozo (voice)
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Gringo (voice)
Kendall Cunningham ...
Baby Bug (voice)
Tawny Sunshine Glover ...
Gnatty (voice)
Michael Nunes ...
Li'l Bee (voice)
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Mr. Beetle (voice)
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Storyline

A girl no bigger than her mother's thumb feels all alone in the world knowing she is the only person her size. Her wish for a companion at last comes true when the prince of the fairy's arrives at her window sill. However, the naive Thumbelina's life goes downward from there when a toad kidnaps her. While she tries to find a way home, she begins to grow up and learns about hope with the help of the friends she always wanted. Written by Max Vaughn

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Follow your heart and nothing is impossible. See more »


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Release Date:

30 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,373,501 (USA)
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Trivia

The character Jacquimo is named after Giacomo Casanova, who was well-known for his seductive ways and often called 'the world's greatest lover'. See more »

Goofs

After Thumbelina agrees to Prince Cornelius' proposal she magically receives wings. During this part she is speaking about her wings but her mouth does not match the words. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jacquimo: Hello. Welcome to Paris, city of love. Who am I? I am Jacquimo, swallow extraordinaire and lover of beautiful things.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are on a book page and there are pictures that change every few minutes starting with the beetle and ending with Hero the dog. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Nostalgia Chick: Thumbelina (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Opening Credits: Let Me Be Your Wings
(uncredited)
Written by Barry Manilow
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Thumbelina is wonderful
30 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Thumbelina of course is adapted from the classic Hans Christian Anderson beloved story for children. Children especially can relate to the concept of a tiny person as someone they would love and care for. The movie is brilliant and shines as a work of art in employing many fine actors' voice talents, along with a large production team.

Jodi Benson as always is wonderful in her voice and singing role, along with Gary Imhoff as Cornelius. Charo is entertaining as Ma Toad, and John Hurt is refined as Mr Mole. Thumbelina is gorgeous and charming in her various outfits and inventive hairstyles. Her innocence and virtuosity adds to her charm. At the beetle ball even dressed as a beetle, if she were a real girl, anyone would fall in love with her on sight. And the music is exciting, especially through stereo speakers.

Barry Manilow of course has been a world renowned singer/songwriter, and he did no less for this production, perhaps his best efforts yet. The romanticism is overwhelming, perhaps overly so. This movie is fantastic for all age groups. The only minor negative points I felt, were being too romantic for children (it all centres on romance), Thumbelina marrying at such a young age, and that the soundtrack as wonderful as it is (it sounds like something from Fantasyland rather than from Earth), yet now sounds a bit dated.

Children will still enjoy it today however, even after many viewings. Forget the ramblings of some gnarly old cynic perhaps bitter from some failed past relationship. Critics raved over it back then. Do yourself a favour and get it if you don't already have it. Your daughters will love you for it.

Regarding the characters, much as in real life, most are flawed and a bit dull-witted. This no doubt is intentional. The swallow is too delusional and self-absorbed. The 'mother' is negligent and incompetent. Cornelius is perhaps as a normal lad given a sword to play with, and almost gets himself killed twice. He doesn't need to be a fighting hero however. That is part of the charm. He's young and small too.

Regarding her dress, Thumbelina moves with grace, and her dress does the same. Why would she care when she's about the only human her size. The fact that the artists let it rise at times, is charming and natural. For someone that size, the slightest activity or breeze would cause it, and it's done with subtlety and finesse. I'm sure boys would be rivetted with anticipation, and that is probably part of the intent.


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