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Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle -- In a sendoff of the original Star Wars, several fingers and thumbs are used to act out the roles of would-be heroes and villians as the forces of finger and thumb clash of an evil super-weapon.


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Directed by
Steve Oedekerk 
Writing credits
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Produced by
Matthew Aufdenspring .... associate producer
Tom Koranda .... producer
Paul Marshal .... producer
Steve Oedekerk .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Folk 
Cinematography by
Mike DePrez 
Film Editing by
Mike DePrez 
Gary Dimaggio 
Dennis Dumford 
Sean Adam O'Hair 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Kater 
Art Direction by
Jorg Dubin 
Makeup Department
Laurel Kelly .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Laus .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
David Cooke .... assistant property master
Jorg Dubin .... set builder
Sal Guletta .... set builder
James Schexnaydre .... property master
Van Sengenhanh .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Dan Shattuck .... sound supervisor
Harrison Winter .... post-production sound
Special Effects by
Jerry Gergely .... special effects makeup
Matthew Jorgensen .... special effects makeup artist: Optic Nerve Studio
Dave Merrell .... special effects supervisor
Robert Miller .... model builder (1999)
Robert Miller .... puppet builder (1999)
Visual Effects by
Dave Adams .... CG animator
Dave Adams .... CG modeler
Chris Cowan .... modeler
Susan Ishida .... CG modeler
Geoffrey Kater .... CGI model supervisor
Don Mccoy .... CG modeler (credited on DVD)
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... consultant: Ultimatte
Garrett Reese .... visual effects
Emile Edwin Smith .... CGI explosions
Brian Thomas .... director of technology
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Hunt .... video assistant
Andy Jagerson .... grip
Kirk Manton .... gaffer
Thomas McCarty .... key grip
Tony Perija .... alternate grip
Tim Swanson .... wrap grip
Eric Wylie .... grip
Animation Department
Joe Barnett .... animator
Mariae Bui .... animator
Jim Carbonetti .... 3D animator
Scott Dalton .... animator
Christine Daly .... animator
Iah Gallardo .... animator
John Gillardo .... assistant animator
Eric Hance .... animator
Dominic Jackson .... animator
Josh Judd .... animator
Fred Kaplan .... animator
Geoffrey Kater .... 3D animator
Todd Kausen .... animator
Matthew Maxwell .... animator
David Monaco .... animator
Kim Phipps .... animator
Garrett Reese .... assistant animator
Robbie Robfogel .... animator
Mike Rust .... animator
Jeffery Scheetz .... supervising animator
Erick Schiele .... animator
Amanda Sokoloff .... animator
Geordie Spradling .... animator
Thomas Wells .... animator
Mark Welser .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Analia Garcia .... assistant costumer
Kate McDermott .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ryan Karstad .... assistant editor
John Laus .... head editor
Lisa McNichols .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Feinman .... composer: additional music
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Other crew
Matt Akey .... production coordinator
Jeff Scott Edwards .... production assistant
Courtney Fairhurst .... set coordinator
Josh Forbes .... production assistant
Jill Harrell .... office intern (as Jill C. Harrell)
Lynn Kulaga .... production assistant (as Lynne Kulaga)
John Listor .... production assistant
Julie Maldonato .... key set production assistant
Bryan Marell .... production assistant
Andy Sands .... creatures
Lauren Sherman .... script supervisor
Jonathon E. Stewart .... pre-production coordinator
Truman Van Dyke .... insurance
John Vulich .... creatures
Sam Wayman .... production assistant (as Sam Tyler-Wayman)
Ben Wylie .... production assistant
Josh Ernstrom .... intern (uncredited)
Tony Pyle .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Thumb Wars" - USA (alternative title)
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29 min | Japan:26 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Amusing, 18 October 2000
Author: Tintin a Tokyo from Japan

Thumb Wars is a nice, odd little parody on the now culturally mythical original Star Wars. The short interview/making of sequence following the filmette added to the enjoyment when you saw the number of people and the amount of effort which went into filming some thumbs (and one foot).

It's true that some of the jokes made are pretty much standard fare (Leah is Princess Bunhead - with cinnamon buns for hair, a Stormtrooper comments on Darth Vader's "cool" voice). However, the curious effect of faces superimposed on thumbs, some of the attention to detail and references to the original (the bar scene), and some of the just plain whacked out humour (the naked X-wing pilot) are what maintain the pace.

2 minutes longer and I think I would have begun to lose interest, but for something different and a good laugh Thumb Wars does the job. The preview for Thumb Tanic looked good too.

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