- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 11, 2011
- Originally Released: 1958
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- English, French
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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.
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.