Once upon a time there was an old woman who wanted a child to call her own.
Don Bluth's presentation of Thumbelina is a story about love, hope and perseverance. Based on the immortal fairytale put into words by Hans Christian Andersen, Thumbelina is a tiny a girl no bigger than a thumb. She is the unconventional daughter of a lonely woman, and together the two form an unusual family bound together by love.
But Thumbelina longs for a different sort of love and dreams of finding it despite her size. Then one day she meets Cornelius, Prince of the Fairies, who just so happens to be the right size. The meeting quickly gives way to love as Cornelius takes Thumbelina on a magical flight. But before they get their happy ending, Thumbelina is kidnapped by Mrs Toad and soon finds herself lost in the wilderness. Thrust into an adventure way bigger than she'd ever imagined, it'll take strength of heart way beyond her physical size to get her back home.
Understandably, Don Bluth's Thumbelina is a story told with gentle sweetness. Although Thumbelina's journey can be considered an adventure of sorts, the real adventure is the love story between Thumbelina and her Cornelius. The moral: Never give up, no matter what the odds may seem like.
Don Bluth's Thumbelina was originally released in March 1994, which means that it's nearing its 20th-year Anniversary (whoa). It wasn't that great a success at the box office, which is what usually happens with non-Disney animated movies, but has developed a small following of sorts, especially among those who are fans of Don Bluth's work. (This simple fansite being among them.) The movie was released on DVD in 1999 by Warner Home Video and again in 2002 by 20th Century Fox, but sad to say, both versions are bare-bones DVDs with no extras, though that too is understandable considering Thumbelina's status as a somewhat "forgotten" children's classic.
It's not completely forgotten, though... You're reading this, aren't you? :)