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Tom Thumb

4.5 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Genre: Musicals
Rating: G
Release Date: 3-OCT-2000
Media Type: DVD

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Come soar away on the wings of your imagination to a land where forest spirits dwell, star-crossed lovers have their fondest dreams come true, and a pint-sized young boy charms his way right out of a fairy tale and straight into your heart. This is the merry and magical, mystic and mythical, marvelous world of Tom Thumb!
Brimming with Oscar-winning special effects like magic shoes which dance a merry jig and playful toys which leap to vibrant life, Tom Thumb is a wonderfully fanciful motion picture. Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story) is superbly acrobatic as Tom, and Peter Sellers and Terry Thomas provide a whopping helping of high-spirited adventure, comic mischief and laughter galore. With its music, dancing and storybook kingdom of spectacularly imaginative stagings, this effervescent film is a colorful extravaganza that's certain to delight and enchant one and all! For giant-sized entertainment for the whole family, Tom Thumb is a thumbs-up sure bet!

Special Features

  • Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Russ Tamblyn

Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790750732
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tom Thumb" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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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My wife and I thought this was a very odd movie, with almost more of a "B movie" quality to it. Great special effects for the time combining live action with go-motion ("Gumby") style animated characters, fun music, fantastic dancing, but writing was just so-so, even for a kids' movie. For that reason I couldn't give it 5 stars, but my 2-year-old and 5-year-old loved it, couldn't get enough of it, and that's what really counts for me.
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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. This movie is a must for those who love good dancing and classic entertainment.
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I remember watching this movie with my mom when I was a kid. She's not around anymore & watching this brings back memories for me. I like this movie and its silliness. Its a good dvd to buy if you like older movies.
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