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Thumbelina [Blu-ray]

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She sprang from a flower and is barely the size of a thumb, but her love is gigantic! The treasured Hans Christian Anderson fairytale comes to life in this magnificently magical, animated musical featuring the voice talents of Carol Channing, John Hurt, Charo, Gilbert Gottfried and more! Thumbelina (Jodi Benson) thinks she is the only tiny person in the whole world but when she meets Prince Cornelius (Gary Imhoff), the prince of the fairies, she knows she has found true love. But one night while sleeping, she is snatched from her bed and taken on a harrowing journey where she meets Mrs. Toad (Charo) and Mr. Beetle (Gottfried), who want to make her a star. While Thumbelina struggles to find a way home to her prince, she learns who her true friends are, the consequences of fame... and the importance of hope.

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  • Actors: Barbara Cook, June Foray, Will Ryan, Jodi Benson, Gino Conforti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006M0MKAU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What gives? This is a sweet, endearing, lovely story with great animation--so why do so many people dislike it? Heck, after watching this movie, *I* daydreamed about being Thumbelina. Admit it, wouldn't you like it?
The traditional Hans Christian Anderson story: A woman who wishes for a daughter is blessed with one in a flower--and she's about six inches tall. But this doesn't matter to Mother or her array of barnyard animals, who love Thumbelina dearly. However, soon a handsome fairy prince named Cornelius arrives and is smitten with Thumbelina. After taking her on a ride on his pet bumblebee, he has to leave but promises to come back.
That night, Thumbelina is kidnapped by a family of singing frogs, but as she escapes with the help of a French swallow, she ends up in deeper and deeper trouble.
Some things in this movie are rather cloying--the jitterbugs, for example--but they're too small a part of the movie to be noticeable. Thumbelina is not a macho heroine, so don't expect her to act like one--she's a lost, frightened girl who's been sheltered all of her life. She shows remarkable strength and I got the feeling that the Thumbelina at the end was very different from the girl at the beginning.
Cornelius remains my favorite character. Our first glimpse of the adolescent fairy is after he escapes from a royal parade, where he is forced to sit on *snicker* a white butterfly. He's strong, funny, interesting, lifelike, and... dare I say it?... sexy.
Ten to one your kid will adore this movie.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on August 5, 2005
Format: DVD
Lovely animated musical version of THUMBELINA featuring a fantastic score by Barry Manilow and the well-executed animation style of Don Bluth.

Tiny Thumbelina's peaceful life with her mother is enlivened by her chance encounter with Cornelius, Prince of the Fairies. They quickly fall in love when the thumb-sized waif is kidnapped by overzealous Mrs Toad as a prospective new bride for her oldest son. She escapes only to find herself hoplessly lost in a big big world. Salvation comes in the form of the kindly Mrs Field Mouse who offers Thumbelina a warm home during the bitter frost. However even the Field Mouse expects something in return, so Thumblina is forced to marry her neighbour Mr Mole. At the 11th hour Thumbelina escapes with the help of Jacquimo, a swallow that she saved from death, who reunites her with Prince Cornelius and her mother.

This film features lush animation from Don Bluth. As other reviewers have noted, the woodland scenes and characters are reminiscent of Bluth's masterwork THE SECRET OF NIMH. The human characters are beautifully-drawn.

Jodi Benson, who also voiced Disney's LITTLE MERMAID, is perfect in the role of Thumbelina. Broadway veteran Barbara Cook plays Thumbelina's mother. The other roles are voiced by Carol Channing (Mrs Field Mouse), Charo (Mrs Toad), John Hurt (Mr Mole), Gary Imhoff (Prince Cornelius), Gino Conforti (Jacquimo), June Foray (Queen) and Kenneth Mars (King).

Barry Manilow offers a score of lovely Broadway-styled songs including Thumbelina's soaring ballad "Soon", Mrs Field Mouse's pleading "Marry the Mole", Mrs Toad's rousing showbiz anthem "On the Road" and Jacquimo's inspirational "If You Follow Your Heart".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jakki on April 30, 2004
Format: DVD
I didn't see "Thumbelina" until I was in my 20's, but since I love animation, it didn't make much difference. I love this movie and finally got it on DVD a couple days ago. Jodi Benson did another great job lending her voice to the lead character and the music was great too. The only complaints I have about the movie, to echo other reviewers, is that some of the animals in the farm were very strange looking. Also, I couldn't help but notice that Thumbelina was constantly losing her balance no matter where she was standing. Still, I think Don Bluth did an excellent job on "Thumbelina" and that it deserved much more recognition. I admit, I'm a softy for fairy tales, and I actually love her innocent, naive personality. It was great to see her make the right decision at the end though, even knowing she might be alone. Unlike what some reviewers have said, I think that makes her a great role model. We all have to go through a learning process. But without being silly and over analyzing the film's psychological effect on society, it's just a fun and enjoyable movie that I would recommend for any young girl or adult who's young at heart.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 9, 2006
Format: DVD
I woke up one morning recently with the main love song to this movie ("Let Me Be Your Wings") stuck in my head. I loved this movie as a child, but hadn't seen it in quite a while, so I couldn't remember all the lyrics. I had to look them up online to cure the melody humming constantly in my head. Then one thing led to another, and I had to rent the DVD. I expected it to be pretty childish and boring, and not to like it half as much as I had when I was young. I was wrong.

The movie was just as fantastic as the last time I had watched it. The songs took my breath away, the animation was great, and the ending still made me clap for joy. I can see where people might find this heroine "weak", but she isn't entirely pathetic. She's just lost, and trying to find her way in a huge world. She a lot less helpless than some of those Disney princesses who just sit around waiting for their Prince to rescue them. The only part of this movie that I didn't love was the phony French swallow singing "Follow Your Heart". Good message, terribly cheesy accent. But Thumbelina and her Fairy Prince are lovely. I reccomend this to children as well as older folk... though it will probably be better if you've seen it as a child.
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