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tom thumb [VHS] (1958)

Russ Tamblyn , June Thorburn , George Pal  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Russ Tamblyn, June Thorburn, Peter Sellers, Alan Young, Terry-Thomas
  • Directors: George Pal
  • Writers: Jacob Grimm, Ladislas Fodor, Wilhelm Grimm
  • Producers: George Pal, Dora Wright
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • VHS Release Date: January 23, 1996
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301976320
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Are you looking for a film that you can safely watch with your children ? Have you seen most of the Disney catalogue ? Well, happily--once in a while--someone other than Disney produces a film that can enchant young and old, and in 1958 Mr. George Pal did just that with "Tom Thumb". After producing several science fiction classics in the fifties, Mr. Pal and his crack special effects team set up shop in England for this winning musical fantasy, based on the famous fairy tale.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Family Entertainment May 31, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Are you looking for a film that you can safely watch with your children ? Have you seen most of the Disney catalogue ? Well, happily--once in a while--someone other than Disney produces a film that can enchant young and old, and in 1958 Mr. George Pal did just that with "Tom Thumb". After producing several science fiction classics in the fifties, Mr. Pal and his crack special effects team set up shop in England for this winning musical fantasy, based on the famous fairy tale.

A poor, honest wood-cutter, Jonathan (Bernard Miles) and his wife, Anne (Jessie Matthews) are granted three wishes by the Forest Queen (lovely June Thorburn) for sparing her favourite tree. They basically bungle their wishes, but they are granted a son to raise. His name is Tom, and he is 5 1/2 inches tall. Of course, being so tiny, Tom has all sorts of interesting adventures. Unfortunately, one of them involves innocently helping two crooks (the hilarious team of Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers) steal a bag of gold, for which Tom's new parents are blamed. Luckily, Tom is able to eventually turn the tables on the crooks, with help from a local "merry minstrel"
(affable Alan Young),who also has a crush on the Forest Queen, and we wind up with a very happy ending !

Tom is played by one of the most talented and remarkable performers in the history of cinema--Mr. Russ Tamblyn--an incredible dancer and acrobat with a very engaging personality. Even among this strong cast, Russ Tamblyn--all "5 1/2 inches" of him--stands tall ! The extended production number with Tom and the toys is a classic--a tribute to Mr.Tamblyn's talent and Mr.Pal's Oscar-winning (as it turned out) special effects team. You can see how all that "puppetoon" experience paid off !
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars when i was a little kid, this was my favorite movie June 25, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
and the good parts are just as good today.
start off, of course, with the brilliant sequences from george pal. if i am not mistaken, this was the final puppetoon animation he did, as he was then involved increasingly in directing feature length films. but if only for the yawning man and con-fu-shen, this film would be worth seeing.
add to that, the wonderful live performances by such as the underrated dancer russ tamblyn in the title role; the legendary jessie matthews; and a young peter sellers and terry thomas as marvelous comic villains. sadly, the love story between queenie and woody slows thing down, and even the usually wonderful alan young cant save that part of the movie. (incidentally, a year later young would turn in his finest performance in the george pal "time machine.")
i have such fond memories of this movie, and it manages to live up to them -- i would wholeheartedly recommend it, especially to fans of fantasy, dance, or puppetry. bravo!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Thumb March 13, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Loved the film; brought back memories of my childhood when my parents brought me to see it back in the late 50's. The film though presented principally for children, has a lot of sentimentality and morals to its' credit. Really nice movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful film for the entire family! September 3, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I found this late 1950's version of Tom Thumb" to be the best Rus Tamblyn was superb in it. It's so very well worth seeing. i think it deserves all the stars it can get. It really impressed be as such a magical film. The dance numbers were great. It was funny amusing, romantic, colorful, nice songs and dance. I also found Alan Young wonderful in it as well. It's a must see for the entire family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom thumb December 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film is one of the best films of all time for children and adults too, unfortunately the film is not available on video or DVD in the United Kingdom so anyone who lives in the U.K. will have to have a Video Recorder which is NTSC compatible. This film used to double bill at the cinema with Wizard of Oz but more enjoyable of the two and you don't tire of watching it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning - No Commentary July 16, 2004
Format:DVD
I loved this film in the cinema, though it may be too
slow and dated for some children now. However I was
very dissapointed when I bought this DVD to find that
there was no audio commentary contrary to description
here and other sources. I don't know whether it was
perhaps on some early copies but it isn't on the
current version. Seems a missed opportunity if it was
dropped for some reason.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'back-to-childhood' experience. January 26, 2000
By hotchas
Format:VHS Tape
Thoroughly entertaining for those who enjoy fantasy and 'laurel and hardy' type humor. I am moved by movies about wanting to be loved by a father and/or mother, and this one brings me to tears, even as I am in my forties- go figure. If you like Toyland, you will love this one, 10x more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Film October 25, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Though I wouldn't rank this as a classic family film I would allow that "tom thumb" is impervious to criticism. Almost 50 years old the entertainment value here is timeless. In this day of CGI director George Pal's visual flair especially his utilization of Puppetoons still impress. Russ Tamblyn as Tom is an infectiously energetic marvel. Good light comic villainous turns contributed here by the legendary British comics Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers. If you were to pop this one into the DVD player I think you'll be able to keep the kids occupied for 90 minutes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Thumb DVD:
I enjoy the 'world' of song and dance and the journey that the story takes you on. It took nearly a month to arrive in NZ and is the only downside. Thanks again
Published 4 months ago by MP
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Great movie. Way better than the garbage being made today. Even my 1 year old granddaughter was mesmerized during the dance scenes.
Published 5 months ago by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Before digital editing and easy to create special effects came Tom Thumb.
What a wonderful remembrance of easier times...or so it seemed at least.
Published 6 months ago by BobK
1.0 out of 5 stars not very happy
a got tom thumb for my grandchildren for a present and it wont work on there dvd so am sending it back
Published 7 months ago by liane
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MOVIE EVER!!!
This is the best movie in the world! My grandpa and I used to watch it together when I was younger all the time! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cammeryn07
5.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic and surprisingly innovative delight
My brother and sister and I had the vinyl record of this production in its entirety, and we'd listen to it often. Read more
Published 12 months ago by abrecken
3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Thumb
Peggy Lee who composed and sung "Are you a dream" was missing in this version....it was sung by a man NOT PEGGY LEE
Published 15 months ago by Michael de Villiers
5.0 out of 5 stars ***
This was one of my favorite movies to watch with my grandmother when I was a child. Now that she has passed away this movie brings back great memories.
Published 15 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
Loved this !!! Russ Tamblyn was one of a kind. His dancing is spell binding. They don't make dancers like that any more. The animation ( for it's time) is wonderful. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gail Janusz
5.0 out of 5 stars thumb up!
I saw this movie when it came out in 1958 and loved it. I bought the LP (or I should say my parent bought the LP) which was an edited version of the dialogue and music. Read more
Published 20 months ago by firstmagnitude
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