Thumbelina: A Magical Story

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Thumbelina: A Magical Story
(Oyayubi Hime Monogatari)
GenreAdventure, fantasy
Anime television series
Directed byHiromitsu Morita
Produced byIppei Onimar
Written byAkiyoshi Sakai
Music byKouji Murakami
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run September 30, 1992 March 31, 1993
Episodes26 (List of episodes)

Thumbelina: A Magical Story (おやゆび姫物語, Oyayubi Hime Monogatari, lit. The Story of the Thumb-Princess) is a Japanese anime series produced by Enoki Films and adapted from the original 1835 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "Thumbelina" by Akiyoshi Sakai. It premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on September 30, 1992, and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on March 31, 1993.

The series was edited into an eighty-minute film and released in North America on VHS by Starmaker Entertainment in 1993. In 2006, Digiview Entertainment re-released the Starmaker film to DVD.


Unable to control her mischievous tomboyish young daughter Maya, an exhausted mother seeks the guidance of an old witch living on the edge of town. The witch gives this mother a magical copy of the fairy tale "Thumbelina" and tells her to read this to Maya. Later, when her mother falls asleep, Maya shrinks and is pulled inside the world of the book. A good witch appears and tells her that she is in her mother's dream world and that in order to return to normal, she must find a way to wake up her mother. To do this, she must travel to a faraway southern land meet to the Crystal Prince, who will help her reach home. During her journey Maya faces many trials and hardships; along the way she befriends members of the dream world, who band together to help her reach the land of the South.


Character Original English
Maya Garrison/Māya (マーヤ) Mika Kanai Patricia Parris
Mrs. Garrison (Maya's Mom)/Mama (ママ) Yōko Asagami Mona Marshall
Noble/Nobo (ノーブル) Fushigi Yamada
Hoppy/Kerota (ケロ太) Mami Matsui Barbara Goodson
Gladys (Hoppy's Mom/George's Wife)/Gamako (ガマ子) Noriko Uemura
George (Hoppy's Dad)/Gerozu (下呂図) Toshiya Ueda Jan Rabson
Angela (the Good Witch)/Enzeller (エンゼラー, Enzerā) Satoko Munakata Mona Marshall
Cassandra (the Bad Witch)/Helula (ヘルーラ, Herūra) Yōko Asagami
Pixie/Poppu (ポップ) Eiko Yamada
Croven/Zobiru (ゾビル) Yokoo Mari Barbara Goodson
Aunt Ruth/Rōzumarīmausu (ローズマリーマウス) Masako Nozawa
Swallow/Tsubame Tori (ツバメ鳥) Hikaru Midorikawa Doug Stone
Rat/Nezumi (ねずみ) Issei Futamata
Turtle/Kame (カメ) Katsumi Suzuki
Crystal Prince Akira Ishida Jan Rabson
Shadow Prince Nobutoshi Hayashi
Narrator Yōko Asagami

Additional voices[edit]

  • Chelsea Terry
  • Ryann Ashley
  • Noel Johnson
  • Pierce Walker
  • Brandon Garrison
  • Tyrone Rodriguez
  • Clinton Rodriguez


Produced by Enoki Films and adapted from the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Thumbelina by Akiyoshi Sakai, it premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on September 30, 1992, and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on March 31, 1993.

The series was licensed for release in North America by Starmaker Entertainment, which released the series to VHS format under the name Thumbelina on December 16, 1993. The Starmaker release was heavily edited, with director Jim Terry reducing the series to an eighty-minute film.[1][2] On May 9, 2006, Digiview Entertainment re-released the Starmaker version to Region 1 DVD as Thumbelina: A Magical Story. The full series is also licensed for regional language releases in Colombia by Centauro Comunicaciones and in Italy by Italia 1 which broadcast the Italian dub on its channel.

The series uses two pieces of theme music, one opening and one ending theme, both performed by Yuki Matsura. The opening theme is "Welcome to the Planetarium (プラネタリウムにようこそ) while the ending theme is "Whistling of the Hills (口笛の丘").

Episode listing[edit]

# Title Original Airdate
1"Wake Up, Mama"
"Mama, me o Samashi te!" (ママ、目を覚まして!)
September 30, 1992 (1992-09-30)
2"Goodbye, Happy Tree"
"Sayonara Happii Tsurii" (さよならハッピーツリー)
October 7, 1992 (1992-10-07)
3"Wonderful Town Underneath the Umbrella"
"Kasa no Shita no Fushigi na Machi" (傘の下の不思議な町)
October 14, 1992 (1992-10-14)
4"Don't Give up Walking Billy"
"Ganbare, Yowamushi Birii" (がんばれ、弱虫ビリー)
October 21, 1992 (1992-10-21)
5"Bride of a Frog"
"Kaeru no Hanayome San" (カエルの花嫁さん)
October 28, 1992 (1992-10-28)
6"Mama of the Magic Castle"
"Mahou Jou no Mama" (魔法城のママ)
November 4, 1992 (1992-11-04)
7"Maya Embarks on a Flying Ship"
"Māya. Sora Tobu Fune ni Noru" (マーヤ·空飛ぶ船にのる)
November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)
8"Welcome to Nozomite Town"
"Nozomitetaun he Youkoso" (ノゾミテタウンへようこそ)
November 18, 1992 (1992-11-18)
9"Mysterious Magician"
"Nazo no Majutsu Shi" (謎の魔術師)
November 25, 1992 (1992-11-25)
10"Mirage Lighthouse"
"Shinkirou no Toudai" (蜃気楼の燈台)
December 2, 1992 (1992-12-02)
11"Maya's Magic Watch"
"Māya to Mahou no Tokei" (マーヤと魔法の時計)
December 9, 1992 (1992-12-09)
12"Crystal Prince from a Southern Land"
"Minami no Kuni no Suishou Ouji" (南の国の水晶王子)
December 16, 1992 (1992-12-16)
13"Dragon of Flower Light"
"Hana to Hikari no Doragon" (花と光のドラゴン)
December 23, 1992 (1992-12-23)
14"Maya the Goddess"
"Megami ni Natta Māya" (女神になったマーヤ)
January 6, 1993 (1993-01-06)
15"Nostalgic Reunion"
"Natsukashii Saikai" (懐かしい再会)
January 13, 1993 (1993-01-13)
16"Trapped in the Mole Tunnel"
"Mogura Tonneru no Wana" (モグラトンネルの罠)
January 20, 1993 (1993-01-20)
17"Crooked Proposition"
"Damasa re ta Puropoozu" (だまされたプロポーズ)
January 27, 1993 (1993-01-27)
18"Maya's Wedding"
"Māya no Kekkonshiki" (マーヤの結婚式)
February 3, 1993 (1993-02-03)
19"Journey of the Three"
"San nin no Tabidachi" (三人の旅立ち)
February 10, 1993 (1993-02-10)
20"Firefly Cape"
"Hotaru no Misaki" (ホタルの岬)
February 17, 1993 (1993-02-17)
21"Hans and the bell Inlet"
"Kagami no Irie to Hansu" (鏡の入江とハンス)
February 24, 1993 (1993-02-24)
22"Secret of the Crystal Castle"
"Suishou Jou no Himitsu" (水晶城の秘密)
March 3, 1993 (1993-03-03)
23"You Awake Now Mama?"
"Me ga Same ta no, Mama?" (目が覚めたの、ママ?)
March 10, 1993 (1993-03-10)
24"I Won't Let You Cross the River"
"Sono Kawa ha Watara se Nai" (その河は渡らせない)
March 17, 1993 (1993-03-17)
25"Helula's Last Battle"
"Herūra Saigo no Tatakai" (ヘルーラ最後の戦い)
March 24, 1993 (1993-03-24)
26"I'm Back, Mama"
"Tadaima, Mama" (ただいま、ママ)
March 31, 1993 (1993-03-31)


  1. ^ Thumbelina. ASIN 6303010911.
  2. ^ Clements, Jonathan; Helen McCarthy (2001-09-01). The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 (1st ed.). Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press. p. 399. ISBN 1-880656-64-7. OCLC 47255331.

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