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Thumbelina (1994)

This retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic fairy tale has the digit-sized heroine evading the clutches of various toads, moles, and beetles before she can proceed with her courtship with her dream lover, Prince Cornelius.

Directors:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (original classic fairytale), Don Bluth (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gino Conforti ... Jacquimo (voice)
Barbara Cook ... Mother (voice)
Jodi Benson ... Thumbelina (voice)
Will Ryan ... Hero / Reverend Rat (voice)
June Foray ... Queen Tabitha (voice)
Kenneth Mars ... King Colbert (voice)
Gary Imhoff ... Prince Cornelius (voice)
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... Grundel (voice)
Charo ... Mrs. (Ma) Toad (voice)
Danny Mann ... Mozo (voice)
Loren Lester ... Gringo (voice)
Kendall Cunningham Kendall Cunningham ... Baby Bug (voice)
Tawny Sunshine Glover Tawny Sunshine Glover ... Gnatty (voice)
Michael Nunes Michael Nunes ... Li'l Bee (voice)
Gilbert Gottfried ... 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 fairies 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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A digit-sized heroine evades the clutches of various creatures so she can reunite with her prince. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

King Colbert (Kenneth Mars) comes to the defense of his son by asking Queen Tabitha (June Foray) if she remembers being sixteen. This was precisely the problem that Mars' character (King Triton) had in The Little Mermaid (1989) which also starred Jodi Benson and was similarly based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. See more »

Goofs

When Thumbelina finds the wounded Jacquimo, the thorn piercing his wing clearly entered from behind, yet when she pulls it out later, it has gone through from the front. 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 »

Alternate Versions

On some prints, the title is displayed as "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina," while on others, it is "Don Bluth's Thumbelina." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cartoon Corner: Marmaduke Review (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn
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I don't care that I'm all grown up! I love this movie!
26 April 2003 | by Liza-19See all my reviews

So help me, this is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I just love this film. First time I saw it, I went with my 7 year old brother, and was determined to hate it - but, well, I just couldn't. It's soooo cute, and the songs are so good, and the story is so well told - it's just impossible not to like it.

The first thing that I really like about this film is that it (unlike, oh so many Disney films) is actually very loyal to the original fairy tale by H.C. Andersen. They've added a few things, and changed a few details, but all of the things they changed I had to agree with (hey, why not let Thumbelina and the Prince meet at the beginning? It makes more sense for them to already be in love. And what's wrong with making the Fieldmouse a girl? It's Carol Channing!) This is very true to the original story - so much more than Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID (which was supposedly based off another H.C. Andersen tale - but you'd never guess it).

The animation is good, it's not the best, but it's fine. The real star of this film is the music. A beautiful score by Barry Manilow helped out by fabulous voice work. The wonderful Jodi Benson heads the cast (she was also the voice of Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID) and she is delightful as Thumbelina. I've been lucky enough to meet Ms. Benson and I have to say, she is just the sweetest person you could ever hope to know. She's got a wonderful, child-like speaking voice, and a glorious singing voice - just the perfect choice for the lead. She's joined in the cast by Gilbert Gottfried, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, and (another voice talent from THE LITTLE MERMAID) Kenneth Mars.

This film is just beautifully done. It's faithful to the original, it's lovely to see, and has a marvelous soundtrack. I don't care that I'm all grown up - this is a movie I can't help but love.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,318,822, 3 April 1994

Gross USA:

$11,373,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,373,501
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Don Bluth See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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