Thumbelina (1994 film) – Wikipedia

1994 American film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
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Thumbelina (also known as Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina) is a 1994 American independent[2] animated musical fantasy film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, based on the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The film stars the voices of Jodi Benson, Gary Imhoff and John Hurt, with supporting roles from Gino Conforti, Charo, Gilbert Gottfried, Carol Channing and Joe Lynch.[3]

The film was produced by Don Bluth Ireland Ltd., & distributed by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment imprint was released in theaters on March 30, 1994. The film was a box-office bomb, grossing only USD 17 million dollars against its USD 28 million dollar budget, và received mixed trình làng from critics. [ bốn ] [ 5 ]


A lonely widow longing for a child of her own is given a barley seed by a friendly witch. The planted seed grows into a flower, & a tiny girl emerges from inside, no bigger than the old woman’s thumb. The old woman names the tiny girl Thumbelina & raises her as her own. Although Thumbelina loves her mother, she craves companionship from someone her own kích cỡ. One night, the fairy prince Cornelius stumbles upon Thumbelina after hearing her singing. The two take a ride on Cornelius ‘ bumblebee & fall in love. During this ride, Mrs. Toad và her son, Grundel are enchanted by the singing. That night, Mrs. Toad takes Thumbelina, desiring her mập join the troupe và marry Grundel as her husband. Thumbelina is rescued by Jacquimo, a swallow. Meanwhile, Cornelius learns of her being kidnapped, và returns Khủng his kingdom, the Vale of the Fairies, bự ask his parents béo try holding back the winter as long as they can, but they can only hold it for a day .Grundel learns that Thumbelina escaped và ventures out phệ find her. While trying lớn get trang chính, Thumbelina is attacked by Berkeley Beetle, who promises phệ show her the way home page if she sings at his Beetle Ball. She reluctantly complies, but her bug disguise falls off during the concert, & she is denounced as ” ugly ” as well as being publicly humiliated in front of the audience. Berkeley rejects her without helping her. She is next found by Jacquimo, who promises mập find Cornelius. Berkeley is confronted by Grundel và suggests that Grundel kidnap Cornelius & use him as a meal mập lure Thumbelina. Grundel coerces Berkeley into partnership by removing his wings .Upon the arrival of winter, Jacquimo injures his wing và loses consciousness from the freezing, while Cornelius falls into a pond by wind & is frozen Khủng death. Berkeley finds Cornelius ‘ chết body toàn thân & takes him phệ Grundel. Thumbelina is forced Khủng take refuge in an old shoe, where she is discovered by Miss Fieldmouse và granted shelter in her underground house. After relaying Cornelius ‘ fate béo her, Miss Fieldmouse introduces her béo her neighbor Mr. Mole, who becomes infatuated with her và desires bự marry her. Devastated by the apparent loss of Cornelius, Thumbelina gives in Khủng hopelessness và accepts Mr. Mole’s proposal. Jacquimo revives &, before Thumbelina can get a chance lớn explain bự him what happened mập Cornelius, resolves phệ find him before the wedding .Berkeley tells Grundel of Thumbelina’s wedding. When they leave Cornelius behind, a trio of friendly insect children find và thaw Cornelius back Khủng normal. At the wedding, Thumbelina finds herself unable béo marry Mr. Mole after remembering Cornelius ‘ promise Khủng always love her. Grundel & Berkeley arrive bự stop them, và a chase scene ensues. A revived Cornelius also arrives và engages Grundel in a fight, which culminates with the two falling into a hole. Thumbelina escapes on a pile of Mr. Mole’s treasure, causing it Khủng fall at Mr. Mole và the wedding guests. Jacquimo finds the Vale of the Fairies và takes Thumbelina there. She and Cornelius reunite, & she magically grows her own pair of wings upon accepting his proposal và kissing him. With her mother và the fairy court in attendance, the two marry và depart on Cornelius ‘ bumblebee .The credits images reveal that Berkeley’s wings regrew, & he resumed his pop career ; an adult Grundel has survived the fall with a broken leg và finally married a female toad bự his mom’s delight, & Mr. Mole married Miss Fieldmouse .

Voice cast[edit]


Barry Manilow agreed to compose the songs for three Don Bluth pictures. Thumbelina was the first, followed by The Pebble and the Penguin, and the third, a retelling of the story of Rapunzel, in which Manilow would also have a voice role, was canceled. The film’s soundtrack was released for a limited time and has since gone out of print. “Marry the Mole” won the first and sole Razzie for Worst Original Song.

Production & release[edit]

Thumbelina was in production from February 1991 to May 1993 at Don Bluth Ireland Ltd. (formerly known as Sullivan Bluth Studios at that time) in Dublin, Ireland, even though principal recording and animation would not begin until early 1992.[6] The film was completed with funds from filmmaker John Boorman and Hong Kong-based Media Assets after Don Bluth Entertainment filed for bankruptcy.[7]

It was originally scheduled mập be distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in North America & J&M Entertainment overseas, và was also originally slated for a Thanksgiving 1993 release in the United States. However, by the giây phút it was completed, both companies dropped the arrangement due béo concerns about the bankruptcy of Bluth’s studio. During Sullivan Bluth’s bankruptcy proceedings, the court trustee presented the film bự Disney’s film distribution unit, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. The trustee ultimately declined Disney’s offer bự distribute the film as they were also trying Khủng find a hot nhất owner for the studio. [ tám ]

Warner Bros.[a] bought the distribution rights on March 15, 1993, and Thumbelina was released on March 30, 1994.[9][5] When released, it was preceded by the Animaniacs short, I’m Mad.


Box office[edit]

The film was a commercial failure, grossing $ 11.4 million at the US & Canadian box office. [ 10 ] In 24 markets internationally it grossed $ 5.2 million [ 11 ] for a worldwide total of at least $ 16.6 million against a budget of $ 28 million .

Critical reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 38 % approval rating based on 13 ra mắt, with an average score of 5.2 out of 10. [ 12 ]

James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film 3 out of 4 and wrote: “Thumbelina is close to, but not quite at, the level of The Little Mermaid, the weakest of Disney’s recent entries”.[13] Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, concluding his review: “It is difficult to imagine anyone over the age of 12 finding much to enjoy in Thumbelina“.[14]

It won a Golden Raspberry Award in the category of “Worst Original Song” given to “Marry the Mole”, sung by Carol Channing.[15] It was also the only animated film to win a stand-alone Razzie until 2017’s The Emoji Movie, which won the awards for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screen Combo, and Worst Screenplay at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards.

The film reportedly received higher scores during thử nghiệm screenings, where Warner Bros. replaced their biệu tượng công ty with that of Walt Disney Pictures. [ 16 ]

trang chủ truyền thông[edit]

Warner Home Video released Thumbelina on VHS and LaserDisc on July 26, 1994, in the United States and Canada and internationally throughout the 1990s. The film was re-released on VHS in the United Kingdom on March 20, 1995. Warner Home Video released the film on DVD on September 21, 1999.[17]

Thumbelina was re-released on VHS and DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on February 19, 2002 and on Blu-ray on March 6, 2012.

The film was available Khủng view on Disney + when it launched on November 12, 2019, [ 18 ] following Disney ‘ s acquisition of 21 st Century Fox earlier that year. [ 19 ] However, it was removed on July một, 2020. It remains available bự view in other countries. [ đôi mươi ] The film returned phệ the service on October 22, 2021, but has since been removed again. The movie was also available phệ view on Disney + via the international brand Star when Star was launched on October 27, 2021 in Nhật Bản. [ 21 ]

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