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Thumb Wars - The Phantom Cuticle (1999)

Megan Cavanagh , Mark DeCarlo  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Megan Cavanagh, Mark DeCarlo, Andrea Fears, David Floyd, Paul Greenberg
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 29 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCKR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thumb Wars - The Phantom Cuticle" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Gabba the Butt" video interview
  • Trailers for "Thumb Wars," "Thumbtanic," and "Blair Thumb"
  • Storyboards

Editorial Reviews

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You'll believe a thumb can talk! Writer-director Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls) compresses highlights of the entire trilogy into this goofy burlesque of the original Star Wars. The humor is pretty adolescent, a spoofing series of pithy puns, winking in-jokes, silly sight gags, and character caricatures, but the screwy magic Thumbation skews it all into a brand-new realm. This revolutionary process marries desktop digital effects and good old-fashioned thumb puppetry with a twisted, sick genius: human mouths and eyes are not merely morphed onto the thumbs but squished into cartoonish exaggeration. The resulting creations are like strange alien beings from a galactic farce far, far away, and the film is an equally oddball mix of chintzy toy sets and doll costumes and elaborate CGI space battles. For an all-thumbs production, it's genuinely inspired.

The commentary by creator Steve Oedekerk and producer Paul Marshal doesn't shed much light on the production, but it does up the pun quotient significantly. The DVD debut also features trailers from Thumbation classics Thumbtanic and The Blair Thumb; gag "thumbographies" of the characters; a strange, silly interview with Gabba the Butt; and a gallery of storyboards (look closely and you'll see the title The Incredible Mr. Limpet printed on the bottom--guess who was funding this picture's preproduction). --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

Created by Steve Oedekerk, the writer of The Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Patch Adams, this hilarious "thumbation" spoof features reluctant hero Loke Groundrunner and his tasty companion, Princess Bunhead, as they try to stop Black Helmet Man and the Evil Thumbpire from doing really bad things! So hold onto your cuticles, eat your peas and get ready for the first and only all-thumbs space epic. May the thumb be with you! Audio Commentary by creator Steve Oedekerk, producer Paul Marshal; Trailers for Thumb Wars, Thumbtanic, The Blair Thumb; Storyboards; Cast/Crew Biographies; Gabba the Butt video interview

Customer Reviews

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Funny for Words!!!! September 23, 2004
Format:DVD
I can't tell you how funny the entire Thumb series is. I had originally rented the double feature DVD ThumbWars/Thumbtanic at Blockbuster with my then 9 yr old son. I laughed so hard that I almost pee'd my pants!!! We were at Best Buys shortly thereafter, saw the entire boxed set and bought it on the spot. Steve Oedekerk is one funny guy!

ThumbWars - The Phantom Cuticle was originally released as simply Thumb Wars. It is a parady of the orginal Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back movies. And an extremely GOOD parody at that - far superior to Mel Brooks' boring SpaceBalls. Apparently with all the hype and hoopla that surounded the release of Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Steve Oedekerk decided to cash in and re-released Thumb Wars as 'The Phantom Cuticle." Be advised ... if you purchase the box set of Thumb movies you will already get this movie as it was originally titled.

If you are in need of a good hard belly laugh, pick up ANY of the Thumb movies and prepare to be running back and forth to the bathroom!!!! May the Tumb be with yooooooou..............
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Thumb-tastic September 21, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
When Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle premiered on UPN, it was the best show the network ran. Unfortunately not everyone got a chance to see it. This will change now.
What is so great about Thumbwars and what makes it the best spoof of the Star Wars(tm)(c)(etc) Saga is that it takes the series as a whole, finds its faults and then exploits them, to point out that, hey, yeah, Luke kinda was a whiner, maybe the fact that Obi Wan, coming back to speak to Luke was kinda "creepy," from a certain point of view, Man the Princess could have been a comercial for Cinnabon. Basically it takes something that we love, and tells us what we already knew. But most importanly, it makes us laugh at it.
Filled with great voicing and great dialogue, allow the viewer to just sit back and enjoy the sheer silliness of thumbs as our heroes, from Loke Groundrunner to Hand Duet to Princess Bunhead.
The Special Effects in the show arent all that bad either, in fact, the attack on the thumbstar scene is pretty impressive, from a tv/special point of view.
Needless to say, if you're a Star Wars Fan(or even if you hate it), you'll probably love this spoof. Its story comes from the classic trilogy(the show premiered a few weeks prior to the release of Episode I) and it reflects the creators and directors acknowledgement of the cult and pop culture status of Star Wars.
It also shows that they know where to look for really good comic material.
On October 16th, If you pick up the Episode I, DVD, pick up Thumb Wars which will be released on the same day. Its well worth the price.
So whether join the Thumbellion or turn to the nail-side of the thumb and join the Thumbpire, Just pick up this dvd or video. [....]
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touch your tongue to mine.. to make it all official... November 22, 2001
By Ryan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this movie off of a file sharing service and simply HAD to buy the dvd. If you're of the dilbert style generation where sarcasm and dry humor truly appeal to you.. ThumbWars will definately get a belly laugh out of you. One MUST be familiar with the star wars movie series.. if you're not, you simply won't get it. The thumb that plays Chewy's role (named Crunchy) is by far my favorite character.. His disturbing mouth and sharp black nail along with his growling n such are just too perfect. As far as parodies go, this is simply the best sci-fi one I've ever seen.. And with "The Blair Thumb", "Thumbtanic", and "Thumbatrix" in the blocks for future releases, I see a constantly growing library of spoofs promising to keep us all in stitches. Buy this dvd!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
If you have seen "Thumb Wars" on TV, then you will be surprised with this DVD. The DVD contains a new version of the movie with new footage, cut from the tv version because of time and the need for commercials. THank god, they edited out the commercials and restored the remaining movie with new scenes to make it a short 29 minutes. But the lack of movie is made up with features. There are trailers for Thumb Wars, Thumbtanic (I hope that will come out soon, because that looks hilarious), and The Blair Thumb (being released on DVD on January 22, 2002), an interview with Gabba The Butt (seen in the movie only once), Thumbographies, poor Dolby 5.1 audio, an okay sounding 2.0 Dolby soundtrack, and an audio commentary with the director. BUy this movie now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs On The Loose! May 13, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
Anyone who's seen the original Star Wars is bound to love this take on it. Though some may not find it humorous, if they're big fans of Star Wars, because the immediate reaction would probably be: "They're making fun of Star Wars." ...Which is true. But that doesn't mean it's not hilarious!

Being a huge Star Wars fan myself, I immensely enjoyed this "filmette," because it's not being mean, they're just trying to make you laugh, ...and it works!

Many of the things I noticed when I watched Star Wars the first time, are mentioned in Thumb Wars. This is immensely satisfying, because not only are they mentioning it, I'm laughing about it! For example: The first time you see Princess Leia in Star Wars, she has her hair up in two buns, which look like they're covering her ears... Personally, I thought it was ugly. In Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle, Princess Leia, is Princess Bunhead!

Darth Vader is Black Helmet Man!

Luke Skywalker is Loke Groundrunner!

This might not be funny to some, but the name of Obi-Wan Kenobi is hilarious, and it is stated in a punchline, so I won't give it away.

What a twist to the ending too! Once again, I won't give anything away, but it truly gave me a shock. I wasn't expecting such a change!

A Heads Up: Especially kid friendly, ...Aldarran is not blown up, but spun instead.

This Thumbfilm video kept me laughing the whole time! A real accomplishment! Two THUMBS up!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids.
Not for kids. I bought this for my boys that have everything related to Star Wars and they said to trash this.
Published 5 months ago by R. Leppaluoto
5.0 out of 5 stars thumb wars
love these movies, they are so funny, all my friends and I love watching these, cleaver idea they had in making these thumb movies.
Published 8 months ago by Brenda Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars best of the thumbs
All thumb movies are good,so original,and well done.The sets are amazing and follow the
movie pretty well,considering they do it in under 30M. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ARTHUR SCHMELKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't thumb your nose at this!
I love this movie! I like Batthumb and Frankenthumb better, but this is great, too! It's campy, ridiculous, hilarious and absurd. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by James A. Evarts
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Movie
it takes a genius to make a spoof movie using thumbs and great special effects. this movie rocks
Published on November 26, 2009 by David A. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracked me up!
This was a hillarious spoof and I have watched it several times. All of the kids (ages 5-16) have enjoyed it as well. If you like silly, then this is a must have!
Published on November 4, 2009 by Dr. B
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbtastic
These are funny if you are into stupid-funny parodies. The whole family watches and cracks up at the stupidity. We watch at least on per week to keep us sane.
Published on May 26, 2009 by D. Neuman
5.0 out of 5 stars star wars parody (thumb wars)
very funny, follows the movie to a T. has one scene where they're looking up princess bun's dress, but other than that pretty clean. Read more
Published on May 8, 2009 by Jennifer L. Bergwilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thumb is strong in this one
Steve Oedekerk went all out for his first Thumb filmette, as Thumb Wars features thumbation on an epic scale. Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars you won't regret buying Thumb Wars
If you're any fan of the originals, you're going to love this version. A must have for your DVD collection.

I just hope they come out with sequels
Published on February 5, 2006 by pacman
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