Tom Thumb

Closed Capationed Starring: Peter Sellers & Russ Tamblyn Director: George Pal
He's only 5 1/2 inches high, but he's terrific!
Tom Thumb
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1958
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Dual Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      2. Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Filmographies
    • Biographies: Russ Tamblyn - Star, George Pal - Director

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1958 - Best Special Effects

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.


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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Rating 5.0 Outstanding! Movie Lover: from Luthersville, GA US -- July, 21, 2008

My entire family enjoyed this and it will be one of those movies you pass on to your grandkids. They just don't make them like this anymore.

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  • UPC: 012569540125
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