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The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina

The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
Directed by Glenn Chaika
Produced by Kurt Albrecht, Jason Blum, Elizabeth Dreyer, Andrew Herwitz, John Lanza, Mercedes J. Sichon, Thomas L. Wilhite
Written by Willard Carroll
Starring Elijah Wood
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Peter Gallagher
Jon Stewart
Music by Randall Crissman
William Finn
Studio Hyperion Pictures
Miramax Films
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video
Release date(s) 2002
Running time 74 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office €23,531 (Italy)

The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina is a 2002 direct-to-video animated film directed by Glenn Chaika. Its running time is 74 minutes. Produced by Hyperion Pictures and Miramax Films, the film was distributed by Buena Vista Home Video.

One of the few direct-to-video Disney releases that is not a sequel, the film unites two diminutive characters from folklore in an original adventure.


After being raised by a normal-sized man, tiny Tom Thumb (voiced by Elijah Wood) sets out to find others of his diminutive stature. He happens upon Thumbelina (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a former circus performer, who is not only his size and age, but is also looking for others like her. But just as they meet, Thumbelina is taken prisoner by the comically sinister Mole King (Peter Gallagher), who wants to make her his bride.



The film is copyrighted 1999 but was not released until 2002. It was distributed internationally to Italy, where it debuted on 75 screens in 2004, earning €23,531 in its initial week of release.[1]


The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina has a 4.7 rating (out of 10) among Internet Movie Database users.[2] Customer reviewers on praised the voice work of Elijah Wood and Jennifer Love Hewitt (as well as her singing), but complained about the often flat animation.[3]

Kimberly Heinrichs of described the film this way: "The animation is a little flat, the songs fairly drippy, but the voice casting is stellar ... and the underdog story line will appeal to the kids."[3] On the other hand, Kevin Lee of DVD Verdict found the film "guilty", writing "Walt Disney is being held in contempt of this court for The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina. This is simply not up to the usual standards of the Mouse House."[4]


The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina won a 2003 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in the Direct to Video category. In addition, the film was nominated for a 2003 DVD Premiere Award (administered by the DVD Exclusive Awards) in the categories of Best Animated Character Performance (Elijah Wood) and Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie.[5]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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