Synopsis: A girl no bigger than her mother's thumb feels all alone in the world knowing she is the only person her size. Her wish for a companion at last comes true when the prince of the fairy's arrives at her window sill. However, the naive Thumbelina's life goes downward from there when a toad kidnaps her. While she tries to find a way home, she begins to grow up and learns about hope with the help of the friends she always wanted.
Director(s): Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Production: Warner Home Video
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86 min


La, la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

If you follow your heart

Ho, ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho

When you follow your heart

Hello. Welcome to Paris, city of love.

Who am I? I am Jacquimo...

...swallow extraordinaire

and lover of beautiful things.

You're sure to do impossible things

If you follow your heart

You're sure to fly on magical wings

When you follow your heart

Oh, that is very nice, n'est-ce pas?

And I like what it is saying.

It is saying, "Follow your heart

and nothing is impossible!"

You're sure to do impossible things

Ha, ha! I love the sound of my voice!

When you follow your heart

When you follow

Your heart

I love great romances.

I myself am a swallow

of great passion.

These are stories about people

with impossible problems.

Samson loved Delilah.

Oh, that was really impossible.

Romeo et Juliet, oh, impossible.

But the most impossible of all

the stories is impossibly small.

The story of Thumbelina.

Once upon a time,

there was a lonely woman...

...who longed to have a child

to call her own.

One day she paid a visit

to a good witch...

...who gave her a tiny barleycorn.

"Plant it in a flowerpot," she says,

"and see what happens."

The woman did as she was told...

...and by and by it began growing.

Until at last....

Oh, what a pretty flower!

Hello, Mother.

I will call you "Thumbelina."


But can you imagine the troubles

for a little girl... bigger than your thumb, hmm?

Who is the girl no bigger

Than a bumblebee?

Who is the angel

With a funny name?

We don't know where she's from

Or how she came to be

But happy was the day she came


She's a funny little squirt


Tiny angel in a skirt


First she's mending, then baking

Pretending, she's making things up


Who would believe the wonder

Of the world I see?

Each little minute brings a new surprise

There's only one peculiar thing

That bothers me

Seems I'm the only one my size


Think of all you'll save on meals


Maybe if you had high heels


If you stay here forever

We know that we'll never be glum

By gum


She is always in the thick


But I get out in the nick


Fortune sometimes

Has tricked us

But this time it's picked us

Oh, a plum's so big

- A plum

And a fig's so big

And they call it a twig

But a twig's so big

It's a great big world


That's me!

Now, here's a story

about the noble dog...

...who saved the king

from the wicked wizard.

Once upon a time--

- Oh, Mother, please.

Are there any stories

about little people?

Well, as a matter of fact

there are, Thumbelina. Look.

They are little, just like me.

But what are those?

They're wings, Thumbelina.

These are fairies, and fairies

have wings so they can fly.

Mother, have you ever seen a fairy?

Well, I thought I did once.


- Yes.

And here, the fairy prince

and princess are having a wedding.

And they live happily ever after.

Oh, usually, dear.

Hmm. I suppose it works best...

...if two people are

about the same size.

Yes, of course.


Well, that's not fair.

I must be the only little person

in the whole world.

I wish I were big.

Oh, no, Thumbelina. No.

Don't ever wish to be anything

but what you are.

Bedtime, my dear.

It's been a long day.

You must go to sleep now.

Sleep tight.



Would you please leave

the book open?

Of course, dear.

I wanna look

at the pictures while I go to sleep.


Good night, Mother.

Good night, Thumbelina.

You take good care of her, Hero.


I know there's someone



Who's sure to find me


After the rain goes

There are rainbows

I'll find my rainbow


Soon it won't be just pretend

Soon a happy ending

Love, can you hear me?

If you're near me

Sing your song

Sure and strong

And soon

I wonder if there really are

such things as fairies.


Oh, my dear.

Don't look now, dear husband...

...but our son is missing again.

So he is.

I think he feels a bit silly, riding

that white butterfly we gave him.

Why should he feel silly?

It makes the wrong impression

on the young ladies.

What about the impression

on the court?

Colbert, it is the autumn today and

we've begun the golding of the leaves.

He should be here.


He'll hurt himself.

I hope he's not out buzzing

the vales on that wretched bee.

He is the crown prince,

for heaven's sake.

Tabitha, dear, have you

forgotten what it's like to be 16?


Oh! Hello! What a beautiful voice.

I wonder who she is.

Stay here, boy.

I'll check this out.

Oh. You have to go now? I see.

You are a wonderful dancer.

Will I ever see you again?

May I cut in?


No. Wait, wait. Come back.

I apologize.

I didn't mean to frighten you.


There. See?

No more sword.

Now, will you come out?


Wait a minute.

What are you staring at?

Well, say something, will you?

You're.... Oh!

You're one of them.

I beg your pardon?

I thought I was the only one

my size in the whole world.

Hero, no.

No, he's a friend. Look.

Hello, my name is Thumbelina.

How do you do, sir?

Uh, thank you for coming to visit.

Uh.... Oh. Oh.

No trouble at all.

The pleasure is mine.

Sorry about that.


It's a lovely name.

Thank you.

I'm Cornelius.


Well, that's a funny name.

I mean it's perfect.

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Don Bluth

Donald Virgil Bluth (born September 13, 1937) is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer and animation instructor. He is known for directing animated films, such as The Secret of NIMH (1982), An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) and Anastasia (1997), and for his involvement in the LaserDisc game Dragon's Lair (1983). He is also known for competing with former employer Walt Disney Productions during the years leading up to the films that would make up the Disney Renaissance. He is the older brother of illustrator Toby Bluth. more…

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