Thumbelina

Thumbelina

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Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Cast: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Jodi Benson, Carol Channing

     
 

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The voices of Carol Channing, John Hurt, Jodi Benson and Gilbert Gottfried help bring this wonderful Hans Christian Andersen story to life. Barry Manilow contributed heavily to the film's music. Children still seem to enjoy this story about a young girl who was the size of a human thumb. She was kidnapped by a toad, just when she hoped to continue her life with… See more details below

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The voices of Carol Channing, John Hurt, Jodi Benson and Gilbert Gottfried help bring this wonderful Hans Christian Andersen story to life. Barry Manilow contributed heavily to the film's music. Children still seem to enjoy this story about a young girl who was the size of a human thumb. She was kidnapped by a toad, just when she hoped to continue her life with Cornelius the Fairy Prince. This is a good "family film" with few, if any, parts that might be considered questionable for children. Kids are likely to enjoy how Gilbert Gottfried does the voice of a strange beetle and how Carol Channing breathes life into Ms. Fieldmouse.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Disney's revitalization of its animation department in the late 1980s -- and their subsequent huge box office returns -- created a boom period for animated features from other sources as well, although few found significant financial success. Thumbelina, produced in the middle of this period, is another frustrating offering from director/animator Don Bluth. Clearly a talented cartoonist, Bluth has produced few films that realize their promise, and Thumbelina is no exception. The film's biggest problem is its screenplay, which is so freely drawn from the Andersen fairy tale as to have almost nothing in common with it beyond the idea of a tiny girl. The movie also discards the fragile delicacy of the fairy tale in favor of broad humor and hackneyed plotting. In addition, the story Bluth and Willard Carroll have devised centers around one of the most passive characters ever created for a film. Aside from her size, there is nothing distinctive about Thumbelina, and the adult viewer eventually grows tired of her, despite a fine effort from Jodi Benson. Matters are not helped by the ho-hum Barry Manilow score, which contains only one decent number ("Let Me Be Your Wings.") As usual with Bluth, the animation is superior to the story, but while it contains a number of interesting sequences, too much of it is merely serviceable. In addition to Benson, good supporting work is turned in by Carol Channing, Gilbert Gottfried and Charo.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
UPC:
0024543029021
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodi Benson Thumbelina
Carol Channing Ms. Fieldmouse
Charo Mrs. Toad
Gino Conforti Jacquimo
Barbara Cook Mother
Kendall Cunningham Baby Bug
June Foray Queen Tabitha
Tawny Sunshine Glover Gnatty
Gilbert Gottfried Mr. Beetle
John Hurt Mr. Mole
Will Ryan Hero
Kenneth Mars King Colbert
Gary Imhoff Prince Cornelius
Joe Lynch Grundel
Danny Mann Mozo
Pat Musick Mrs Rabbit
Neil Ross Mr. Fox,Mr. Bear

Technical Credits
Don Bluth Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gary Goldman Director,Producer
Barry Atkinson Art Director
Richard Bazley Animator
Russell Boland Associate Producer
John K. Carr Sound/Sound Designer
Willard Carroll Screenwriter
Piet de Rycker Animator
Jack Feldman Score Composer
Lynda Gordon Sound/Sound Designer
John Hill Animator
Mark Isham Score Composer
Dave Kupczyk Animator
Barry Manilow Score Composer
Jean Morel Animator
Jean Morel Animator
Thomas V. Moss Editor
John Pomeroy Producer
William Ross Score Composer
Len Simon Animator
Bruce Sussman Score Composer
Judy Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Rowland Wilson Production Designer

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