This has to be one of the strangest things I have ended up buying, but yes a few days ago I bought the 1994 cartoon movie, Thumbelina. Now, this movie isn’t Disney, so I don’t expect all of you to go, ohhh it’s that one. But the movie is based upon the story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, so, judging by that it possibly could have a dark side.
The movie does involve songs, most of them… well let’s say there is a mouse that sings about death and about ignoring love. There is a song about, following your heart, but that is sang by my opinion one of the more annoying characters. There is a bird, I suspect it to be a pigeon with a French Accent, who I came to believe he could have a GPS system in his chest as the amount of times he said or implied following your heart could get you to where you want to be.
Right, Thumbelina, is a thumb-sized girl/teenager. She has boobs, so, I’m not going to imply she is under 12. I remember watching this movie as a child- although I remember I’ve watched it, I just don’t really remember what happens. It’s probably got me feeling like this-
But then I grew up
If this was a Disney movie, they’d probably adapt it even more. Because Thumbelina doesn’t just become the romantic interest of one Prince! No, three more characters come along!
First there is the Spanish toad, then there is the Beetle, then there is the mole. All after her because of her voice.
The Fairy Prince meets Thumbelina after peeking through her window, after rebelling against his parents, wondering off. Rebelling against his parents, I understand he’s 16, but peeking though her window??? What if she was getting changed rather then just dancing and singing? But Cornelius, without telling Thumbelina his Princely title, does their equivalent of a guy showing up in a high convertible speed car with a stereo. He takes her for a ride on a Bumble Bee while singing. Possibly a good thing that the Bee was riding because if you sing and dance in a car you’ll find yourself in the nearest obstacle.
On this, “First Date,” Is where candidate number two- the toad- sees Thumbelina. We also meet the cliche line of the Prince and Thumbelina are now in love, although they have just met. But hearing Thumbelina’s voice the toad is now in love with her! The Toads big boobed and big pink haired mother, who sort of has some similarity to Nicki Minaj, kidnaps Thumbelina as she sleeps…
We meet the family of Spanish toads/frogs, who I have a hard time understanding when they sing, but apparently they sing for a living.
Thumbelina manages to get away, after being left on a lily pad by the frogs even though one of them is going to marry her, with the help of the Pigeon- Jacquimo, Now, I think this pigeon has a special power. He keeps changing sizes. One moment he is the same size as a book, the next he is rivalling the height of some of the cute bugs and the next he is similar height to a bear’s head.
The Beetle is the next sexual predator to arrive. This guy is frustrating in the fact, he calls himself the, “Judge ofbeautiful women,” And proves to be misogynistic , throughout the movie. Fortunately, this pursuit is only short lived, wanting Thumbelina to perform at the Beetle Ball, he dresses her up… Then all of a sudden she is stripped to her bloomers and top…
Honestly, Hans Christian Anderson also wrote My Little Mermaid, I think he was doing her a favour when she got her to sell her voice compared to this. Beetle calls her ugly after the crowd conclude to it, equalling Thumbelina in tears and proving she has low self confidence.
A Prince sang to you that you are beautiful and you then go an believe someone who is not even the same species as you when he calls you ugly! From this information, I think she is actually enjoying getting hunted down. She just wants the attention!
Hibernation is something that has gone out of the window in this movie. Winter is here, but the pigeon bird, is still flying about and all the animals that should be underground sleeping are still there.
We move to find Thumbelina now housed with a pessimistic mouse, while the Frog and Beetle are now plotting to kidnap the prince for bait
and the prince…
Is stuck in ice.
Now, mouse introduces her to Mole and this is why Feminism was invented. Thumbelina after one song and taking one strangers word that the prince is dead, is now going a head with the wedding!
Meanwhile, the bugs are breaking the laws of physics, slow cooking the prince. In snow, with the Prince popsicle melting on the fire.
It takes Thumbelina, to get to the alter and having hallucinations of the prince for her to finally grow a back bone and announce this is not what she wanted.
In the end she grows wings (No one explained why she didn’t have wings in the first place…) and is happily married to the prince, and Happily ever after (apparently)! So we do get there in the end!
As a kids movie, I applaud it. It does give the whole defenceless girl story line who is rescued by a prince. It was intended for children so, they obviously won’t see the things I have seen.
Overall, it’s a good kids movie, brilliantly drawn and animated and I think the voice actors/actresses fit the characters perfectly.