Thumbelina (1992 film)

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This article is about the Golden Films production. For the 1994 Don Bluth film, see Thumbelina (1994 film).
Thumbelina
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Directed by Masakazu Higuchi
Chinami Namba
Produced by Diane Eskenazi
Written by Hans Christian Andersen (author)
Jack Olesker
Based on Thumbelina 
by Hans Christian Andersen
Music by Richard Hurwitz
John Arrias
Distributed by GoodTimes Entertainment
Release dates
  • June 8, 1992 (1992-06-08)
Running time 49 minutes
Country Japan
United States
Language English

Thumbelina is a 49-minute animated film originally released on June 8, 1992, based on the classic story Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen. Like all other Golden Films productions, the film featured a single theme song, "Little Teeny Thumbelina," written and composed by Richard Hurwitz and John Arrias, as well as the classic song "Edelweiss."

A girl no bigger than a thumb is sent on a mission to the Meadow of the Tulips where she must inform the prince about the breaking of the dam, a threat that could endanger the life of all the Little People in the meadow. On her journey, Thumbelina is brought by an old medicine woman to the home of a lonely childless woman, who, seeing the size of the little girl, names her "Thumbelina."

Thumbelina was produced by Golden Films and the American Film Investment Corporation, and was distributed to DVD in 2002 by GoodTimes Entertainment as part of their "Collectible Classics" line.

Plot[edit]

For over fifty years, the tiny keeper of the dam had watched over it and recently had begun to worry about its state. He shows his daughter the different cracks that have formed over the dam's surface, and though the girl shows no concern, her father is deeply worried that, come spring, newly melted snow will cause the dam to break and flood the meadow where the little people live in flowers. The keeper sends his daughter to warn the little people's prince.

After a long day of walking, the young girl falls asleep inside a tulip. As she sleeps, an old medicine woman discovers her and takes the tulip to town. She sells the tulip to a lonely, childless woman, promising that it will open to reveal a child. The child-less woman agrees and is delighted to find a beautiful girl smaller than her thumb, whom she names "Thumbelina." When Thumbelina awakes, she tries to explain that she is on a quest to find the prince of the little people, but the woman doesn't listen.

At the end of her first day in her new home, Thumbelina goes to bed feeling lost hopeless. Shortly after she falls asleep, a frog captures Thumbelina and takes her away to her lily pad to marry the frog's son. Thumbelina escapes with the help of two fish, who cut the pad's roots and set it free. Downstream, Thumbelina befriends a swallow. The bird listens to her story but is unable to help, as he himself has lost his flock and needs to find it before the winter. Thumbelina then meets a butterfly who offers to take her to the meadow. However, a beetle snatches Thumbelina away before she can leave. After being ridiculed by his friends about his ugly new "pet," the beetle leaves the lost Thumbelina on her own once again.

Thumbelina manages to make herself a home for the winter with the help of the Big Bear, who brings her honey and protects her from dangerous animals. After Big Bear's brothers arrive, the three bears make their way to their cave to sleep during the long winter. Starving, Thumbelina searches for food and eventually finds the home of the old mouse Mona, who takes Thumbelina into her home for the remainder of winter. In exchange, Thumbelina helps Mona with the housework and cooking. Unbeknownst to Thumbelina, Mona has sold Thumbelina to the ugly Mr. Mole in exchange for food. When Mr. Mole arrives, Mona tells Thumbelina that if she marries him, Mr. Mole will take her to the meadow of the tulips. Seeing no other option, Thumbelina accepts. Mr. Mole shows Thumbelina what will become her new home, a dark tunnel under the soil. There, Thumbelina is shocked to find the dead body of her friend the swallow. At night, Thumbelina brings the swallow a blanket. To her surprise, the swallow opens his eyes and is glad to see the girl once again. Thumbelina nurses the swallow back to health as spring and her wedding date draw closer. The swallow offers to fly Thumbelina away, but she refusesm feeling that she cannot betray Mona, who had been so kind to her when she had nearly frozen to death.

On the day of her wedding, Thumbelina is heartbroken when she realizes that she has failed at the important task given to her by her father and fears for the lives of all of the little people. The swallow, who had left once he had recovered, returns to Thumbelina with the news that he has found the meadow of the tulips. Thumbelina discovers Mona's wicked plan. Feeling cheated, Thumbelina climbs on the back of the swallow and flies off to get the prince. Thumbelina, the prince, and his men, riding upon the swallow and his newly found flock, arrive at the dam where Thumbelina's father waits desperately. Delighted to see his daughter again, the keeper of the dam embraces her and watches as the soldiers fix the dam's cracks. Once the meadow of the tulips is safe, the prince proposes marriage to Thumbelina. Thumbelina accepts and becomes the princess of the land to the cheers of the little people.

Characters[edit]

Thumbelina: She is the main character and the heroine of the story. She, like the rest of her people, is no bigger than a human's thumb. Thumbelina lives up in the valley with her father, and it's he who sends her on a journey to find the prince of the little people and warn him about the breaking of the dam.

Mona: She is an old mouse who lives in her cozy mouse-house at the foot of a tree. She takes Thumbelina into her home after she finds her half frozen in the snow outside. Mona takes advantage of Thumbelina's gratitude and tries to force her into marrying the old Mr. Mole.

Father: Simply referred to as "father", he is Thumbelina's father and his job is to watch over the dam and make sure everything is in order. One day, he gets the feeling that there will be a lot of snow in the upcoming winter and when spring comes, the melting snow will flow over the Meadow of the Tulips.

Swallow: Thumbelina and this kind swallow are friends since they first meet and although they say goodbye shortly after their first meeting, destiny brings the two friends together again. After Thumbelina saves him from death, the swallow will help her complete her important task.

Mr. Mole: He is the ugly old mole who falls in love with Thumbelina from the moment he hears her beautiful singing. He is then willing to offer Mona a fair stock of goods in order for her getting Thumbelina to agree to marry him. Thumbelina hates the idea.

Music[edit]

Classical pieces[edit]

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