Thumbelina

Thumbelina

4.5 15
Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

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

     
 

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She may be no bigger that your thumb but her adventures are as tall as they come. The imagination of animator Don Bluth and the music of ward-winning composer Barry Manilow give magical screen life to Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina, the classic tale of a tiny girl who comes to believe that if she follows her heart, nothing is impossible. One magical nightSee more details below

Overview

She may be no bigger that your thumb but her adventures are as tall as they come. The imagination of animator Don Bluth and the music of ward-winning composer Barry Manilow give magical screen life to Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina, the classic tale of a tiny girl who comes to believe that if she follows her heart, nothing is impossible. One magical night, Thumbelina meets Prince Cornelius, an enchanted fairy as tiny as herself, and is sure she's found her heart's desire. But before their romance can blossom, she is kidnapped by a family of show-business toads, waylaid by a scheming beetle and betrothed to a befuddled mole. Finding her way home proves to be an adventure.

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:
09/21/1999
UPC:
0085392400027
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Full Frame]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:26:00

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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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits (Let Me Be Your Wings Instrumental). [1:40]
2. Follow Your Heart (Waltz). [1:59]
3. Jacquimo the Romantic. [1:30]
4. Thumbelina's Theme. [2:23]
5. The Only Little Person. [2:29]
6. Soon. [2:02]
7. Fairy Royalty. [1:40]
8. Prince Cornelius Drops In. [3:06]
9. Let Me Be Your Wings. [3:09]
10. A Parting Promise. [2:21]
11. Kidnapped. [1:07]
12. "I'll find her." [1:33]
13. On the Road. [5:23]
14. Jacquimo Helps Out. [1:36]
15. Headed For A Fall. [1:06]
16. Thumbelina's Predicament. [1:24]
17. Follow Your Heart (Can-Can). [3:10]
18. Grendel Goes Wife-hunting. [:56]
19. Waylaid By Berkeley Beetle. [2:06]
20. You're Beautiful, Baby. [2:58]
21. A Wart-faced Obstacle. [:49]
22. A Safe Night's Rest. [1:43]
23. The Searchers. [2:45]
24. Prince-nabbing Plans. [1:38]
25. The Big Chill. [2:57]
26. Worried At Home (Soon Reprise). [2:45]
27. Sad News From Ms. Fieldmouse. [2:43]
28. Visiting Mr. Mole (Let Me Be Your Wings Reprise). [2:41]
29. Sad Discovery in Mr. Mole's Tunnel. [1:09]
30. Nuptial Plans. [1:26]
31. No Wings Yet. [1:41]
32. Marry the Mole. [2:17]
33. Hope Flies Away. [3:16]
34. The Bride Makes Up Her Mind. [2:06]
35. Dueling Suitors. [1:06]
36. Into The Sunlight. [1:32]
37. Her Very Own Wings. [2:42]
38. The Happy Couple [1:44]
39. End Credits (Reprises: Follow Your Heart and Let Me Be Your Wings). [5:30]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits (Let Me Be Your Wings Instrumental). [1:40]
2. Follow Your Heart (Waltz). [1:59]
3. Jacquimo the Romantic. [1:30]
4. Thumbelina's Theme. [2:23]
5. The Only Little Person. [2:29]
6. Soon. [2:02]
7. Fairy Royalty. [1:40]
8. Prince Cornelius Drops In. [3:06]
9. Let Me Be Your Wings. [3:09]
10. A Parting Promise. [2:21]
11. Kidnapped. [1:07]
12. "I'll find her." [1:33]
13. On the Road. [5:23]
14. Jacquimo Helps Out. [1:36]
15. Headed For A Fall. [1:06]
16. Thumbelina's Predicament. [1:24]
17. Follow Your Heart (Can-Can). [3:10]
18. Grendel Goes Wife-hunting. [:56]
19. Waylaid By Berkeley Beetle. [2:06]
20. You're Beautiful, Baby. [2:58]
21. A Wart-faced Obstacle. [:49]
22. A Safe Night's Rest. [1:43]
23. The Searchers. [2:45]
24. Prince-nabbing Plans. [1:38]
25. The Big Chill. [2:57]
26. Worried At Home (Soon Reprise). [2:45]
27. Sad News From Ms. Fieldmouse. [2:43]
28. Visiting Mr. Mole (Let Me Be Your Wings Reprise). [2:41]
29. Sad Discovery in Mr. Mole's Tunnel. [1:09]
30. Nuptial Plans. [1:26]
31. No Wings Yet. [1:41]
32. Marry the Mole. [2:17]
33. Hope Flies Away. [3:16]
34. The Bride Makes Up Her Mind. [2:06]
35. Dueling Suitors. [1:06]
36. Into The Sunlight. [1:32]
37. Her Very Own Wings. [2:42]
38. The Happy Couple [1:44]
39. End Credits (Reprises: Follow Your Heart and Let Me Be Your Wings). [5:30]

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