Jennifer Love Hewitt (who's making a cottage industry out of voicing animated heroines) and Elijah Wood (who's making a cottage industry out of playing smaller-than-normal characters) take center stage as the titular leads, ultra-short teens in search of destiny (and quite naturally, one another, though they don't know it yet).
Disney-style antics ensue, as Thumbelina escapes a circus freakshow (she's really small, you know) and then faces forced marriage by the conniving Mole King (Peter Gallagher). Who will rescue her... hmmmmm.
Fortunately, Hewitt can sing -- which helps, because they pack six new songs into 75 minutes of movie. And kids will have fun ogling the moles while adults take interest in the celebrity voices (Jon Stewart, Bebe Neuwirth, etc.) who take supporting roles. It's harmless fun and carries a reasonably competent "message" about finding yourself, being different is okay, and all that Disney crap.
Oddly enough, this isn't completely a Disney film -- rather, it's being put out by Miramax Home Video. What's that got to do with anything? No idea, but I thought that since I noticed, I ought to make everyone on earth read that I did.
Run time: 75 mins
In Theaters: Tuesday 6th August 2002
Box Office Worldwide: 3
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Hyperion Pictures, Miramax Films, Philippine Animation Studio Inc.
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
IMDB: 5.0 / 10
Director: Glenn Chaika
Producer: John W. Lanza Jr., John Lanza, Thomas L. Wilhite
Screenwriter: Willard Carroll
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt as Thumbelina, Elijah Wood as Tom Thumb, Peter Gallagher as The Mole King, Peter Gallagher as Bertha Beetle, Michael Chiklis as Roman / King Webster, Yvette Freeman as Leola, Robert Guillaume as Ben, Rachel Griffiths as Albertine, Jack Johnson as The Bug Collector, Jane Leeves as Margaret Beetle, Esai Morales as Vargas Mouse, Bebe Neuwirth as Thumbelina's mother, Emma Samms as Shelley Beetle, Jon Stewart as Godfrey, Yul Vazquez as Gibson Mouse
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