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Thumbelina
     

Thumbelina

4.5 15
Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Jodi Benson, Carol Channing

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

 

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Don Bluth and Gary Goldman's animated version of Thumbelina comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are

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Don Bluth and Gary Goldman's animated version of Thumbelina comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette and a handful of television promotional spots. This is a fine, if by-the-book family-friendly release from 20th Century Fox.

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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:
0024543029281
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:26:00

Special Features

Featurette; TV spots; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Presented in both widescreen and Pan & Scan; Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 1.78:1]; Audio: English Dolby surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

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

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [1:36]
2. "Follow Your Heart" Intro [2:24]
3. Once Upon a Time [1:25]
4. "Thumbelina" [3:05]
5. A Fairy Prince [4:07]
6. Going for a Spin [4:08]
7. Kidnapped [:26]
8. "On the Road" [4:59]
9. "Follow Your Heart" [3:59]
10. With the Toads [2:02]
11. Mr. Beetle [6:02]
12. "Yer Beautiful Baby" [3:23]
13. "Show Us Your Wings" [:19]
14. Mr. Beetle's Idea [:36]
15. The Prince in Ice [2:08]
16. "Soon" [2:12]
17. Under Ground [3:50]
18. "Marry the Mole" [2:12]
19. The Vale of the Fairies [2:57]
20. End Titles [1:26]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [1:35]
2. "Follow Your Heart" Intro [2:24]
3. Once Upon a Time [1:25]
4. "Thumbelina" [3:05]
5. A Fairy Prince [4:07]
6. Going for a Spin [4:08]
7. Kidnapped [:26]
8. "On the Road" [4:59]
9. "Follow Your Heart" [3:59]
10. With the Toads [2:02]
11. Mr. Beetle [6:02]
12. "Yer Beautiful Baby" [3:23]
13. "Show Us Your Wings" [:19]
14. Mr. Beetle's Idea [:36]
15. The Prince in Ice [2:08]
16. "Soon" [2:12]
17. Under Ground [3:50]
18. "Marry the Mole" [2:12]
19. The Vale of the Fairies [2:57]
20. End Titles [1:26]

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Thumbelina 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don Bluth does it again in this wonderful classic tale. It's exciting, romantic, and enjoyable for the whole family. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars were that there were only about 2 really good songs, while the others were only okay or kind of bad ("Marry the Mole"). I've already watched it several times since I bought it! Note: For those who think it's Disney, it's not. It's called 20th Century Fox.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was my absolute favorite when i was younger and i still love it . i always catch myself singing the songs to myself. great for all ages i recommend it to everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this movie when i was a kid and i still enjoy it now. the heartmoving the love story, and the whole storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it's a great movie 4 all ages i love the all the songs in this movie!!!! I'am 16yrs old and i still enjoy this movie.
BalletSlippers More than 1 year ago
This has always been my favorite movie to watch as a little girl, and to this day I still enjoy watching it just as much as I did back in the 90's. The storyline is wonderful and the songs are brilliant. Thumbelina will forever be my favorite movie. I recommend this movie for children of all ages, and I'm sure many adults would love it too. Classic love story originally written by Hans Christian Andersen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great for all of the kids, is is the most adorable Disney movie ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It's the cutest love story. I love the songs, especially 'let me be your wings.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed Don Bluth's films. These days, animation is dying out and alot of kids and adults are being subjected to horrific animation on television. People are not getting the quality they deserve,animation-wise, and more importantly, story-wise. Don Bluth has always captured the imagination with his depictive artistry and has drawn life into the characters. Thumbelina is just one out of the collective of wonderful Don Bluth films. The story of a young woman who discovers the meaning of the heart and finding out who she is as a person. I would recommend this film to anyone, whether your a kid, teenager, or adult.
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