Thumbelina (1994)

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Thumbelina is a 1994 animated movie based on the Hans Christian Anderson book of the same name, it was directed by Gary Oldman and Don Bluth, originally distributed by Warner Bros, but later 20th Century Fox got the rights.

Why It Sucks

  1. Annoying voice acting, especially from Gilbert Gottfried, who voices the Beetle.
  2. Jacquimo, the bird who helps Thumbelina, is extremely annoying and unlikable, and comes of as pointless for the most part.
  3. Some screen-testing showed the Disney logo despite not being a Disney movie even if Disney owns Fox now.
  4. While the animation is good, sometimes the animation is reused in some of the scenes.
  5. Forgettable songs especially: Thumbelina, You're Beautiful Baby, in which the beetle's voices are extremely annoying and ear-grating, and Marry The Mole which caused this movie to be the first animated movie to be nominated for Razzies in any category.
  6. Some scenes mention Romeo & Juliet which may be creepy for younger viewers.
  7. The film doesn't follow the book correctly.
    • Thumbelina was born in a tulip in the book in here she was born in a different flower.
    • The Toad has three sons while in the book she had only one.
    • The bumble that the prince has wasn't in the book.
    • The bumble wasn't in the book.
    • The prince didn't meet thumbelina until at the end in the book.
  8. Thumbelina is a very weak, whiny and unlikable female protagonist in this movie.
  9. The movie was released around the same time as other better animated movies like: The Lion King, Batman Mask Of The Phantasm and Street Fighter II The Animated Movie, which is a big reason why this movie bombed at the box office.
  10. Loads of plot-holes and filler.
  11. Poor pacing.
  12. Mrs. Toad looks more like her voice actress (Charo) than a toad.
  13. Bad CGI transition scenes.
  14. At times, it feels like a rip-off of various Disney movies (eg. a book opening intro at the beginning).
  15. The scene where the camera is zoomed in Thumbelina's face holds on for too long for no reason looks blurred is ugly.
  16. The story is very confusing and you will never know who the main villain is. For example it may be Mrs. Toad because she kidnapped Thumbelina, or maybe Beetle, or the mole, the movie doesn't give you any proper explanation.
  17. Lame attempts at humor.
  18. The film can't decide if it wants to be the same or different from the books.
  19. Poor dialogue.
  20. The scene where Thumbellina wearing a wedding dress to marry the mole looks very laughable.
  21. The scene where Thumbellina and the prince fly with the bumble to show her the world, rips off the scene from Aladdin.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The animation (despite being re-used at times) is a great step up from previous Don Bluth animated movies despite the ugly CGI effects.
  2. The voice acting is good even if it can be annoying.
  3. Some good songs like: Soon, Let Me Be Your Wings, Open Your Heart and Let Me Be Your Wings, the most iconic song in the film.
  4. While annoying, Jacquimo does help Thumbelina at one point.
  5. At times, it does follow the book right.
  6. The ending was very nice.
  7. It's one of those so bad it's good films.

Reception

The movie was both a critical and commercial failure. The film currently holds a 30% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Although slightly better than other Don Bluth movies at the time, like Rock-a-Doodle and A Troll In Central Park.

Awards and nominations

The song Marry The Mole won a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song making it the first animated film to be nominated for a Razzie in any category as well as the only one at the time until Eight Crazy Nights was released in 2002.

Trivia

  • Mrs Toad is voiced and based on the famous Spanish singer: Charo.