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Tom Thumb

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Producer/animator/special-effect maven George Pal made his feature-film directorial bow with the colorful MGM musical fantasy Tom Thumb the title of the film was spelled in lower case in the opening credits, and in all studio publicity material. Russ Tamblyn stars as the teeny-tiny titular protagonist, while veteran musicomedy favorite Jessie Mathews and stellar character actor Bernard Miles portray Tom's normal-sized parents. Journeying to the Village, Tom is pounced upon by villains Ivan Terry-Thomas and Tony a...
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Overview

Producer/animator/special-effect maven George Pal made his feature-film directorial bow with the colorful MGM musical fantasy Tom Thumb the title of the film was spelled in lower case in the opening credits, and in all studio publicity material. Russ Tamblyn stars as the teeny-tiny titular protagonist, while veteran musicomedy favorite Jessie Mathews and stellar character actor Bernard Miles portray Tom's normal-sized parents. Journeying to the Village, Tom is pounced upon by villains Ivan Terry-Thomas and Tony a corpulent Peter Sellers, who intend to exploit our 5 1/2-inch-tall hero. In-between his misadventures with the villains, Tom helps to expedite the romance between young forester Woody Alan Young and the magical Forest Queen June Thorburn. Throughout, the special effects and oversized sets are first-rate, as are the "puppetoons" sequences featuring such delightful characters as The Yawning Man voice by Stan Freberg. Written by several hands, the film's songs are hummable, if not particularly memorable. It is said that some children in the audience in 1958 were genuinely frightened by the more horrific aspects of the story including the threatened execution of Tom's parents; it may be, however, that the adults were more scared than the kids. Incidentally, while most of Tom Thumb was filmed in MGM's London facilities, the special effects were produced in Hollywood, requiring Russ Tamblyn to do a lot of travelling.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
In 1958, filming the Grimm fairy tale about a thumb-sized boy was no easy task. There were no computers to help with the miniaturization. But MGM assembled a team that produced a remarkable blend of live action, animation, and puppets -- innovative for its time, though likely to seem crude to children of later, more sophisticated eras. The special effects won an Oscar. The director was the veteran George Pal and the crew of acting talents included comics Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas, and Alan Young. Russ Tamblyn had the starring role, which had reportedly been coveted by Donald O'Connor. Lively musical numbers help carry the film past several slow spots.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2011
  • UPC: 883316398203
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,657

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Russ Tamblyn Tom Thumb
Alan Young Woody, Woody, the Piper
Terry-Thomas Ivan
Peter Sellers Antony, Tony
Jessie Matthews Anna
June Thorburn The Forest Queen
Bernard Miles Jonathan, Tom's Father
Ian Wallace Shoemaker, The Cobbler
Dom DeLuise
Peter Bull The Town Crier
Peter Butterworth Bandmaster, Kapellmeister
Barbara Ferris Thumbelina, Thumbelina (uncredited)
Stan Freberg Voice Only
Dal McKennon Voice Only
Technical Credits
George Pal Director, Producer
Wah Chang Animator
Frank Clarke Editor
Ladislas Fodor Screenwriter
Douglas Gamley Score Composer
Kermit Goell Songwriter
Kenneth V. Jones Score Composer
Peggy Lee Songwriter
Olga Lehmann Costumes/Costume Designer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
Alex Romero Choreography
Elliot Scott Art Director
Fred Spielman Songwriter
Janice Torre Songwriter
Gene Warren Animator
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tom Thumb
1. Storybook Credits [1:49]
2. Three Wishes [4:12]
3. Easy Come, Easy Go [2:24]
4. One More Wish [2:10]
5. Tom Thumb [4:53]
6. After All These Years [3:06]
7. Tom Thumb's Tune [10:38]
8. Not For Sale [3:39]
9. Not Quite Lovers [4:53]
10. The Talented Shoes [7:25]
11. Underfoot [1:43]
12. Hat Trick [2:40]
13. Going For the Gold [5:03]
14. The Black Swamp [3:13]
15. Sneaking Back Home [1:52]
16. The Yawning Song [3:59]
17. Under Arrest [4:47]
18. Are You a Dream? [3:06]
19. The Villains' Lair [4:11]
20. Fight to the Finish [3:55]
21. The Getaway [6:12]
22. Power Steering [2:28]
23. Nick of Time [1:19]
24. A Special Kiss [1:01]
25. Finale [1:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Tom Thumb
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      Cast & Crew
         Russ Tamblyn - Torn Thumb
         Produced and Directed By George Pal
      Awards
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
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