tom thumb

Synopsis: The Forest Queen grants the wish of Jonathan, the woodcutter, and his wife, Anna.
Director(s): George Pal
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Once upon a time,

long before man learned to fly,

long before locomotives left

smoky streamers on the horizon,

long before all this,

somewhere farther

than man could sail,

there was a little valley.

There on the banks

of the winding stream

nestled a peaceful

little village,

and draped around this Hamlet,

stretching far and wide

over hill and Dale,

was the great forest.

Here, deep among old trees,

wet moss, and velvet shadows,

life flows peacefully along.

Or does it?



Who's playing games?

Look here, young woman!

I might have cut you in half.

No axe can harm me, Jonathan.

Honest Jonathan...

that is your name, isn't it?

Honest by name,

honest by nature.

Young woman, kindly step aside.

I've business with that tree.

And so have I.

I've come to ask you

not to cut it down.

Oh, fancy now, have you?

And may I ask what you

have to do with it?

You see, I am queen

of this forest.

Oh! And I'm

the emperor of China.

Very well, then.

Let me put it in this way.

You see...

This tree is the oldest

and fairest of them all.

It's a mighty big

oak tree that will keep

the whole village warm

right through the winter.

But who is going to

keep them warm all winter...

the little creatures

that live in its branches?

See how frightened they are?

Well, look here,

it's all very well...

spare this tree, Jonathan,

and they'll bless you,

and so shall I.

Of course, if you

put it like that...


Oh, thank you, Jonathan.

You shall not go unrewarded.

I'll grant you three wishes.


Anything I wish for?

Three times?

Of course.

Bah! I ought to have

more sense.

First, I give away

the finest tree,

and then I start talking

about three wishes.

Fairy tales, all.

Fairy tales!

Where are you?

Where have you gone?


The wishes belong

to both you and your wife.

Don't be hasty.

Yes, your majesty.

Oh, I mean, no, your majesty.

I... I beg your majesty's

pardon, I'm sure.

You may stand up now.

Oh, thank you, your majesty.

I'm afraid the tree

got a little bit chipped,

but don't worry, your majesty.

It will soon heal over.

Real soon.

Sally! Sally!

Barnabee! Sally!

Anna! Anna. Anna.

Do you know what happened today?

Good evening, Jonathan.

Good evening.

You'll never believe

what happened to me!

Not now. Dinner's all ready.

Hurry and get cleaned up.

Alright, Anna. But just

listen to me for a minute.

You know those oak trees

along by the post road

with the great big one

in the middle?

I was working there today,

when suddenly...

I saw a vision.

Yes, I know.

You don't believe me,

do you, Anna?

Sit down and say grace.

For what we're about to receive,

truly thankful. Amen.

Now then, Anna,

let me tell you.

I was chopping away

at that big oak tree,

the one I was telling you about,

when all of a sudden,

there was the most

wonderful smell of roses.


Always cabbage.

Can't we ever

eat anything else?

We can't afford anything else.

You should thank the good lord

for what he provides.

But just for once,

I wish he'd provide

a nice, big, juicy sausage.

It's here! Where did it

come from?

I told you. It's what I've been

trying to tell you all the time.

She granted us three wishes!


Who is she?

Why, the vision, of course.

The beautiful lady.

What beautiful lady?

You never saw anything

like it in your life.

One minute, she wasn't there,

and the next minute,

there she was.

Her skin was like


her hair was like

the gold of wild honey,

and she was so young...

Oh, shame on you, an old man

talking like that.

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Ladislas Fodor

Ladislas Fodor (1898-1978) was a Hungarian novelist, playwright and screenwriter. more…

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