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Tom Thumb (1936)

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The adventures of a miniature boy are illustrated.




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A stork delivers a baby no bigger than a thumb to two proud parents. The boy ages, but does not grow. Despite Tom's diminutive size, he attempts everyday tasks like helping his mother in the kitchen and learning to play the piano. However, adventuresome Tom finds trouble when he disobeys his father and ventures into the outside world. Written by Melissa

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30 March 1936 (USA)  »

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Not bad...not great either!
8 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Starting in 1930, Ub Iwerks quit working for Walt Disney and began making his own cartoons. His modest output varies widely in quality. While most are well animated, the stories were often pretty weak...and while "Tom Thumb" is a decent cartoon, it wasn't remarkable enough to prevent the inevitable and later in 1936 Iwerks ceased production.

The story is VERY broadly based on the English story "Tom Thumb". This one is a very modest version and mostly consists of Tom again and again nearly getting killed--some of which is because the tiny boy's parents seemed amazingly stupid! You'll see him nearly baked into a pie by his mother as well as Tom being eaten by a goat and later a fish! All in all, Tom's lot in life sucks.

The animation is by far the best thing in this cartoon. Other than that, it's only mildly interesting and offers one of the poorer versions of the age old story.

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