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.
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.
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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