Tom Thumb (Widescreen)

Starring: Peter Sellers & Russ Tamblyn Director: George Pal  Rated: G: General Audiences
Taken in by a kindly couple, a six-inch-tall boy takes on a pair of comical crooks in this adaption of a classic Grimm fairy tale.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1958
  • Label: Warner Archives
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1958 - Best Special Effects

Description by OLDIES.com:

Taken in by a kindly couple, a six-inch-tall boy takes on a pair of comical crooks in this adaption of a classic Grimm fairy tale. Russ Tamblyn and Peter Sellers star in this enjoyable fantasy. Great Oscar-winning special effects that combine live actors, animation and puppets. Featuring songs by Oscar and Emmy-nominee Peggy Lee.

Product Description:

This lively musical comedy, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, will delight adults and children alike. When a woodcutter spares a special tree, the Forest Queen wants to repay his kindness. She bestows a precious gift upon the man and his wife, who have always longed for a child of their own--a wee boy named "tom thumb. Then a dastardly duo plots to rob the village...and the boy no bigger than the size of your thumb becomes a hero, outwitting the thieves and saving the town's riches.

George Pal's version of TOM THUMB is a superb adaptation of the timeless children's story about a boy who is only a few inches tall. Russ Tamblyn (later to star as Riff in WEST SIDE STORY), singing and dancing his heart out, plays the title role, with Peter Sellers and Terry-Thomas as the pair of lovable bungling villains. Academy Awards: Best Special Effects.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Fantasy | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • The deliberate lower-casing of the title is correct.
  • George Pal won the Academy's Special Award (plaque) in 1943 for his development of Puppetoons, a novel method and technique for the production of short subjects. He produced the Academy Award-nominated cartoon "The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" in 1943.
  • The miniature work in "tom thumb" is based on Pal's Puppetoon figures, and was filmed in Hollywood. Life-size filming took place in London.
  • Tom Howard won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Special Effects.
  • Shot in Eastmancolor.
  • Additional cast: Ian Wallace (The Cobbler), Fred Spielman (song performer), Janice Torre (song performer), Kermit Goell (song performer).
  • Additional credits: Kenneth V. Jones (score composer), Alex Romero (dance choreographer).
  • Donald O'Connor wanted to play the title role, but MGM chose an actor already under contract to them.
  • Previous versions of the tale have been published as "The History of Tom Thumb" by R. Johnson in 1621, and "Le Petit Poucet" by Perrault in 1697.
  • A Galaxy Pictures/MGM production.
  • Released theatrically in the UK December 24, 1958.
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  • Sales Rank: 18,783
  • UPC: 883316398203
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