|Cinderella / Sleeping Beauty / Thumbelina (DVD, 2003) (DVD, 2003)|
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Out of all of the Thumbelinas I've seen, this is my favorite.
STORY: This really isn't a true Thumbelina tail, it's actually a story of a spunky/naughty little girl, Mia, whose mother goes to the town's kindly witch for some way to get her daughter to behave. Not to give too much away, but the witch gives the the mother the book Thumbelina, with instructions to have Mia interested enough to read it on her own.
CHARACTERS: One of my favorite things about this version of Thumbelina is that Mia doesn't just sit around and let things happen to her! In most Thumbelinas I've seen, the girl just sits and waits to be forcefully married or hurt. Mia is smart and scheming and not afraid to fight. It's really a good message to send to girls: Don't sit around and wait for someone to save you, save yourself!
The characters in this story are more complex, I think. They have deeper personalities and issues. No one is just good and no one is just bad. Some characters are absent from this version, but new characters are added. All-in-all, the basic story is there.
ANIMATION: The art is done in an old-style anime. I actually really enjoy the look of the story, it's different and detailed and keeps me engaged. (If you don't like anime, I'd say it's still worth trying it out, the story is good enough.)
DUBBING: The English dubs are actually pretty good considering the year this was brought to America. There is a point where the characters kind of randomly laugh but it's not so awkward that it kills the movie. Now and then, the voices sound odd, but it's forgivable. Mia's voice sounds oddest of all, but after a while, you get used to it and it really ends up going with the character.
OTHER: The songs are super cute and really catchy. (The characters don't sing, which I like.) There's an element of magic to the story that really adds some complexity to it, but it's never too complex for children to understand.
All-in-all, I love this story. It doesn't count girls out as heros. There's no fairy prince or blue-bird that constantly saves Thumbelina, in fact, most of the time, she saves herself. She does have help from her friends and it makes for a cute, caring friendship that really plays well on the screen. Great for kids, and interesting for adults that like to study the bigger, more adult themes of children's stories.
i got this dvd just for kid. i think those kids who under 8 would like it very much. i got it as a gift for a little. she love it very much.