"Thumbelina" Courtesy of Don Bluth via BroadwayDon Bluth's "Thumbelina" (1994), from his studio Don Bluth Entertainment, is a terrific treat for children. The "Thumbelina" animation is top-notch, matching anything from Disney at the time, but the real draw is the score by Barry Manilow, who also sings over the end credits. Remaining fairly true to the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "Thumbelina" is a wonderful treat full of dazzling colors, expressive characters who move in very life-like fashion, and a romantic lead who should captivate most children. "Thumbelina" is not an animated film for adults, like so many later Disney/Pixar efforts, which gives it a charming focus that make many adults keep it as a treasured childhood memory and which, no doubt, understandably clouds their present-day judgment about "Thumbelina." Whether you like it or not, though, will depend on how you feel about all the modern showbiz elements, which for some will elevate this to classic status, while others might get turned off in a hurry at this exercise in showbiz introspection.
|The way the petals unfold is magical|
|Cornelius and his steed|
|I just want to sing and dance!|
|They put him next to "sleazy" in the Dictionary|
|Is that a cane you're holding, or are you just glad to see me?|
|Mrs. Toad actually is kind of cool ¡ Ay Caramba!|
|Like Snow White, Thumbelina is friends with all the little creatures like these jitterbugs|
|They fall in love after one song|
|Miss Fieldmouse is kind of hammy|
|Thumbelina and Cornelius chastely holding hands|
|I hate it when this happens to me|
|Is her hair supposed to be red like Ariel? Or blonde like Cinderella? It keeps changing|
|Now Cornelius is definitely a red head|
|Now here they both are red-heads|
Below is the full movie.