The Three Lives of Thomasina

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Overview

Based on a whimsical novel by Paul Gallico, Disney's Three Lives of Thomasina is an imaginative tale of a resourceful cat. Thomasina is the pet of Karen Dotrice, the daughter of taciturn Scottish veterinarian Patrick McGoohan. When Thomasina falls ill, McGoohan coldly diagnoses the cat as suffering from tetanus and declares that the pet must be put out of its misery. As Dotrice and her friends sadly prepare to bury the "dead" Thomasina, backwoods girl Susan Hampshire, who is said to be a witch, shows up and runs ...
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Overview

Based on a whimsical novel by Paul Gallico, Disney's Three Lives of Thomasina is an imaginative tale of a resourceful cat. Thomasina is the pet of Karen Dotrice, the daughter of taciturn Scottish veterinarian Patrick McGoohan. When Thomasina falls ill, McGoohan coldly diagnoses the cat as suffering from tetanus and declares that the pet must be put out of its misery. As Dotrice and her friends sadly prepare to bury the "dead" Thomasina, backwoods girl Susan Hampshire, who is said to be a witch, shows up and runs off with the kitty corpse. Using equal doses of intuition and love, Hampshire revives Thomasina, who of course wasn't dead at all. While in limbo, Thomasina ascends to Cat Heaven, where her case is heard by the Cat Goddess (this is a wonderful piece of special-effects wizardry, even if you don't like cats). Returned to life, Thomasina has no memory of her previous existence. Thus, the cat runs off in terror when Dotrice sees her again during a torrential downpour. Now it is Dotrice who becomes seriously ill, necessitating a collaboration between the cold, cut-and-dried ministrations of her father and the tender loving care of the "bewitched" Hampshire. As it turns out, Thomasina is the catalyst for both Dotrice's recovery and the film's happy ending.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disney's Beautiful Witch; "Disney's Purrfect Cat Stars"; Theatrical trailer; French and Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Widescreen (1.66:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Three Lives of Thomasina is a lovely and gentle but spirited children's tale that adults will also enjoy. Although it occasionally skirts with "cutesiness," it never really succumbs; more importantly, unlike many other children's films, it is not afraid to acknowledge the deep emotions of childhood, and how disturbing these can be. While never delving too deeply, it also addresses the problems that can arise when an adult does not take into consideration the gap between a child's emotional experience and her ability to understand and cope with that experience. This makes for some very powerful moments, such as Mary's feverish and heartbreaking calls for her missing pet. There's also a great deal of humor, much of it provided by Thomasina's wry comments upon the action. Karen Dotrice does extremely well as Mary, giving a believable and detailed performance that is impressive in one of her years. Patrick McGoohan is a powerful and formidable presence as her father; he is not afraid to show exactly how gruff and stern the character can be, making the audience experience some of the same conflicting feelings about him that his daughter does. Don Chaffey's direction is smooth and unobtrusive, letting the story tell itself without any unnecessary embellishments. Although some very young children may find Thomasina a little disturbing, most will thoroughly enjoy getting to know this delightful cat and her loving owner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • UPC: 786936234084
  • Original Release: 1963
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,227

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick McGoohan Andrew MacDhui
Susan Hampshire Lori MacGregor
Karen Dotrice Mary MacDhui
Vincent Winter Hughie Stirling
Denis Gilmore Jamie McNab
Laurence Naismith Rev. Angus Peddie
Finlay Currie Hughie's grandfather
Wilfrid Brambell Willie Bannock
Jean Anderson Mrs. MacKenzie
Francis de Wolff Targu
Jack Stewart Birnie
Ewan Roberts Constable McQuarrie
Oliver Johnston Mr. Dobbie
Matthew Garber Geordie
Charles Carson Doctor
Ruth Dunning
Alex Mackenzie
Elspeth March Voice Only
Gwen Nelson
Nora Nicholson Old Lady
Technical Credits
Don Chaffey Director
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Jim Fetherolf Special Effects
Harry Frampton Makeup
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Gilkyson Songwriter
David Harcourt Camera Operator
Ub Iwerks Special Effects
Eric Rogers Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Maude Spector Casting
Gordon Stone Editor
Michael Stringer Art Director
Robert Westerby Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [11:36]
2. The Witch Woman [7:59]
3. Trip to the Market [10:56]
4. A Proper Send-Off [10:14]
5. Anti-McDhui Society [10:33]
6. Boycott [9:04]
7. Special Treatment [9:00]
8. Spells [8:53]
9. Targu's Circus [12:00]
10. Prayers Answered/The End [6:45]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Disney's Purrfect Cat Stars
      Disney's Beautiful Witch
      Original Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: Spanish
         None
      Register Your DVD
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Sweet Movie

    As a cat owner and pet lover, this has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. But be warned: it is a real tearjerker! Karen Dotrice is wonderful, as usual, as the little girl who finds love from her beloved pet cat and the late Patrick McGoohan is great as the distant father who learns to express his love for his child. The sub-plot of the so-called "witch" is a little much, but it works okay in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most defining film of my childhood

    I love this movie to death. I can't wait until it comes out on dvd. It made me laugh, cry, and smile and it still does to this day. I have always been a lover of cats, and this movie is the reason why. The acting is fantastic. This is one of Disneys greatest acheivements.

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