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The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)

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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Upton Nick Upton ... Pa Thumb
Deborah Collard Deborah Collard ... Ma Thumb
Frank Passingham Frank Passingham ... Man
John Schofield John Schofield ... Man
Mike Gifford Mike Gifford ... Woman in bar
Robert Heath Robert Heath
George Brandt George Brandt
Andy Davis Andy Davis
Dave Alex Riddett Dave Alex Riddett
Andy Joyce Andy Joyce
Richard Starzak Richard Starzak ... (as Richard Goleszowski)
Tim Norfolk Tim Norfolk
John Beedel John Beedel
Andy McCormack Andy McCormack
Brett Lane 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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UK

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13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die geheimen Abenteuer von Däumling See more »

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$69,870
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Pa Thumb: I know... Why don't we call him Tom? Tom Thumb.
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unusual combination of stop-motion and live actors; very creative and entertaining
8 May 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

Done in stop-motion, though there are also live actors, and the live actors unusually appear to be done in stop motion as well!

An insect flies into an artificial insemination factory, and gets squished and some of its guts drip into one of the specimen jars. Sometime thereafter, a woman in a small hovel gives birth to a tiny boy that fits easily into his father's palm. He's named Tom Thumb, and his parents do not seem surprised or disappointed by his small size. Unfortunately, some men in black trenchcoats, hats, and gloves come and take him away to a laboratory.

The laboratory has all manner of strange creatures and parts of creatures being kept alive for weird procedures and experiments. Tom is helped by a small dragon-like creature that is partly skeletal, partly cybernetic, partly raw flesh, and partly "normal" looking. He meets other tiny people and tries to make his way back home.

The world they live in is rather dingy-looking, and there are always some insects present. There is very little dialog, and some of what is spoken is little more than mumbling.

Definitely calls to mind the Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, and the team of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children). Quite entertaining, and I wonder how available the other works by this director might be.


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