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Thumbelina (1992)

Video  -  Animation | Adventure | Family  -  8 June 1992 (USA)
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The dam where Thumbelina and her father live is breaking due to the rising waters in the nearby pond. Father worries that when spring comes, the melting snows will rise the water higher ... See full summary »

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The dam where Thumbelina and her father live is breaking due to the rising waters in the nearby pond. Father worries that when spring comes, the melting snows will rise the water higher than ever causing the dam to crack and water to flow over the meadow, thus drowning the little people who live there. Father believes he is too old to take on the journey to find the prince and warn him and his people, so he asks his daughter to go instead. Thumbelina agrees, but in her journey she mets a great deal of characters, both good and evil. To someone not bigger than a human's thumb, dealing with the evil intentions of Mona, a greedy mouse, will prove to be a big challenge. Written by Eric Irizarry

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The only one of Golden Films' second line of "Animated classics" to feature a song, the popular "Edelweiss", other than the film's opening theme. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, there are no women present besides Thumbelina herself. However, we can hear female voices cheering the prince. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Mole: Mm! I just love the smell of dirt in the morning.
Thumbelina: It's so dark in here I can barely see.
Mr. Mole: Ooh, you'll get used to it, my dear. You'll come to love the dark as I do. You find all sorts of interesting things in the ground, for instance, look at this.
Thumbelina: [there's a swallow lying dead on the ground; Thumbelina gasps] Oh!
Mona: Now how- however did a bird get down here?
Mr. Mole: Birds are not the smartest of creatures, you know.
Thumbelina: [runs to the swallow's side] Oh, poor thing. He looks like the swallow who sang to me once ...
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Little Teeny Thumbelina
Words and Music by Richard Hurwitz and John Arrias
For Eensy Weensy Productions
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What a charmer!
2 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I was a little girl, I used to watch and love the productions of Jetlag and Good Times. Revisiting a vast majority of them at 18, some have held up really well even better than I remembered and some haven't quite but were still watchable. This version of Thumbelina belongs in the former category. It is an immensely charming little treasure, and one of my favourite adaptations based on Hans Christian Andersen's stories.

I also want to say this is a big improvement over Don Bluth's 1994 film. The Don Bluth film wasn't bad as such, I loved Let Me Be Your Wings and the reprise of Soon, but it was for me one of Bluth's weakest films having scenes that dragged and while I don't hate her as some do Thumbelina did have her annoying moments. This version in my view has better animation, better music, is closer to the story, is brisker paced and has more of an emotional impact.

I personally think they nailed the character of Thumbelina here. She isn't whiny or pessimistic here, instead she is strong-willed and very cute as a button, and I found it very easy to fall in love with her. All the other characters are likable too, not just the swallow but also Big Bear, Mr Mole, the Fox, the Frog Son and the mouse, who all have interesting personality traits.

The animation while low in budget was still quite good. The characters are drawn well, and the colours are very nice, but I loved the backgrounds the most, some of them are quite stunning. The music surprised me and in a good way. The incidental music is very pleasant on the ears, and the song Little Teeny Thumbelina is a cute song with a sweet melody and lyrics.

The way the story was told impressed me too. Andersen's story is one of my favourites, moving and timeless with beautiful scenes and well-written characters. This version mayn't be completely true in the details to the story, but that didn't bother me. It had its spirit and charm, and a number of scenes work, especially the scene with the Swallow which is very poignant and the ending which made me cry tears of joy. Thumbelina is short and just under an hour, but it is a very worthwhile and charming experience, also it moves very quickly and the cuteness and poignancy that was there in the story is here too.

All in all, a true charmer and after seeing this I am glad I decided to revisit some of my old childhood favourites. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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