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Creator/DonBluth's adaptation of the Creator/HansChristianAndersen fairy tale.

It sticks to the basic story of the original fairly closely. A woman pines for a child and, magically, she is gifted with a daughter no bigger than her thumb. Thumbelina, as she is aptly named, is a [[ThePollyanna happy person]] but wishes she could find someone else her size. Her wish comes true when she meets the prince of the fairies, Cornelius, and they quickly fall in love. But that night, she's snatched away by a toad [[ItMakesSenseInContext who wants Thumbelina to join her performance troupe and marry her son.]]

She escapes with the help of a friendly swallow named Jaquimo, but now she has the impossible task of getting home. Meanwhile, both Cornelius and the jaded toad Grundel are determined to find her.

Compare with ''Film/SantaAndTheIceCreamBunny'', which had its own... unique take on ''Thumbelina''.

!!''Thumbelina'' shows examples of the following troperoonies:

* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal:
** Jacquimo wears only a hat, gloves, and boots, though his breast feathers are designed to look like a harlequin's shirt.
** The bull at the farm wears shoes.
** In fact, a large number of the animals wear accessories, when they aren't completely dressed. The fish in the stream have hats and scarves, the goose on the farm has a hat and shawl, the chickens have pompadours.
* AdaptationExpansion: Say what you will about the overall quality of the movie, but most of its weird and or confusing plot points (like Thumbelina being born out of a flower and tiny) were already in the original story by Hans Christian Andersen. The romance between Thumbelina and the fairy prince was, if you can believe it, even less developed than in the movie, with the prince only appearing at the end. Also, Thumbelina's toad suitor, the beetle, and her mother [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse are never heard from after]] their initial appearances, whereas the film expanded their roles.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The fact that Thumbelina meets the swallow earlier in the movie can make viewers wonder why he didn't just give her a ride home in the first place.
* AdultFear: For any parent afraid of losing their daughter. Thumbelina gets kidnapped and forced to marry a sleaze, but escapes only to be lured by a shady nightclub owner into dancing for entertainment (and her clothes come off towards the end). She's then taken in by a rich old creep who also wants to keep her for himself as repayment for his kindness. The whole film feels an awful lot like a euphemism for child sex-trafficking.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: During the "On the Road" number, Mrs. Toad uses this method to get Thumbelina to join the singing: ''by stepping on her foot''!
-->'''Mrs. Toad:''' Now, I make her sing!\\
'''Thumbelina:''' Ahh-a-ahhhh!\\
'''Mrs. Toad:''' Bueno! Muy Bueno, you got it!
%%* AllKnowingSingingNarrator: Jacquimo.
%%* AlmostKiss: At the beginning
* AmbiguouslyEvil: While the mole is a man of wealth and prefers the dark, when traveling through his tunnel, there's an entire chamber surrounded by pinned insects, and since bugs are sentient in this story, it means he makes a habit of making taxidermies of any bug that comes into his cavern. Nobody, except [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Beetle]] brings this up as a flaw.
* AnalogyBackfire: Jacquimo's examples of love conquering the impossible, suggesting he should probably read more:
-->'''Jaquimo:''' [[Literature/TheBible Samson loved Delilah...]] [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo, et Juliet]]... oh, impossible!
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Happens to poor Thumbelina several times.
* AnimalTalk: Which is strange since neither Hero the dog nor Corneius' bee can talk.
%%* AnimatedMusical
%%* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Z3uT-gGiI "Let Me Be Your Wings"]].
* BigDamnReunion: Between Thumbelina and Prince Cornelius at the end.
* BishieSparkle: Any scene with Cornelius or the other fairies; it's somewhat justified in that their wings are ''really'' sparkly.
* BornAsAnAdult: When Thumbelina is born out of a flower, she is at least a teenager.
* BreakTheCutie: The movie seems hell-bent on making Thumbelina miserable.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Jacquimo interrupts a sentient fox hunting a sentient rabbit. Everyone involved treats the situation strangely matter-of-factly.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ms. Field Mouse is a bit... off her rocker. If you wear a pincushion as a dress while singing about Romeo and Juliet's death, you are a Cuckoolander. Being voiced by Carol Channing does not help.
* CursedWithAwesome: Thumbelina's looks and beautiful singing voice ''really'' give her a lot of trouble.
* DarkReprise: The tune of "Let Me Be Your Wings" is used for a short reprise called "Once There Was The Sun". It keeps the magical, upbeat tune and has sunny visuals, but it's about Thumbelina lamenting both the harsh winter and Cornelius' apparent death.
%%* DisneyDeath: Cornelius, ''twice''.
* DisneyVillainDeath: {{Averted}} with The Toad. The illustrated credits show that he survived with a broken leg and is happily married to a female toad.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Cornelius and Thumbelina exchange tokens, Cornelius gives Thumbelina a ring, which he places on the third finger of her left hand, where the engagement ring is traditionally placed. Even though he never actually makes a marriage proposal until several months later, its evocation of betrothal is made far from subtle by Thumbelina's statement "I think I'm gonna marry him" and a later scene when she looks at the ring [[YouHaveWaitedLongEnough as she walks down the aisle to marry Mr. Mole]] and is reminded of her love for Cornelius, which she cites as a reason for refusing to go through with marrying the mole. [[GeniusBonus It's additionally brilliant for those who know that back when the story takes place, betrothal to a third party was considered a legitimate impediment to marriage between a man and a woman]].
* DownOnTheFarm: Where Thumbelina initially lives with her mother.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EmoTeen: Thumbelina after the bugs throw her out for being "ugly".
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Fairy wings are ''very'' sparkly.
* {{Expy}}: Jacquimo is basically a dreamier version of Henri from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''. French birds in Creator/DonBluth films who sing a bouncy number early on about never giving up? Yeah.
* {{Fainting}}: Mocked mercilessly by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:
-->'''Nostalgia Chick:''' And like all animated heroines she has a tendency towards fainting. Boom! Unconscious!
* FairyCompanion: The Fairy Prince, literally. Jacquimo the Swallow, to some degree, though he's much larger than Thumbelina.
%%* FollowYourHeart
* FourLeggedInsect: All of the insects except for the Fairy Prince's pet bumblebee, who coincidentally is also the only one who can't talk.
* FourthDateMarriage: Thumbelina and Cornelius fall in love after ''an hour'' of spending time together. This is all ''just because he's the same size as she''.
-->'''Thumbelina:''' I think I'm gonna marry him.\\
'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' I mean I've known him for all of twelve hours.
** Incidentally, this is a step up from the Creator/HansChristianAndersen fairytale, which has Thumbelina meet the prince for the first time, fall in love with him, and marry him all at the very end of the story.
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings: Thumbelina.
* FurryConfusion: The Fairy Prince's pet bumblebee is the only realistically drawn animal in the entire movie. According to some it's the fairy equivalent of a motorcycle, but it's still noticeable as there is a cartoony bee in the Jitterbugs gang.
* GagBoobs: Mrs. Toad's NonMammalMammaries. They're not massive, exactly, but there's just no way to ignore them. They're also perfectly spherical from any point of view.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Mrs. Toad's bosom bounces slightly at some points.
* GayParee: The prologue takes place here. Odd, since the rest of the film has nothing to do with Paris and given the author's nationality you would expect the story to take place in Denmark.
* GenreSavvy: A little jitterbug watches Cornelius and Thumbelina fly past and asks her mother, "She's gonna marry the fairy prince, huh Momma?"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** The beetle spanking Thumbelina with his cane, and her reaction to said spanking.
** [[DoubleEntendre "We get on, we get off, we get paid."]]
%%* HappilyEverAfter
%%* HeroesWantRedheads
* HesAFriend: The family dog wants to attack the prince, as he's a stranger that's come into the house in the middle of the night. As soon as Thumbelina makes it clear he has permission to be there, Hero goes back to sleep.
* HumansAreUgly: The opinion of the bugs at the club after Thumbelina's bug costume falls off...[[spoiler:although it turns out she's a fairy and not a human, but aside from the wings they look the same anyway.]]
%%* HurricaneOfPuns: The entirety of the ''Yer Beautiful Baby'' musical segment.
%%* IAmSong: The title song.
%%* IWantSong: "Soon".
* IdiotBall:
** ''Thumbelina''. It takes her the entire movie to figure out her captors don't care about her interests and stop letting them push her around. And it never occurs to her to ask Jaquimo to take her home, ''then'' go look for the Vale of the Fairies. This is somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]], however, by her sheltered existence.
** Jacquimo is just as bad, if not worse. Why doesn't it occur to ''him'' to fly her home first, then go look for the Vale of the Fairies?
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The movie's full title is ''Creator/HansChristianAndersen's Thumbelina''.
* TheIngenue: Thumbelina, to the point that she cannot defend herself in any way until the end of the movie.
* InkSuitActor: Mrs. Toad was modeled after her voice actress, the guitarist and singer Charo. [[HumanoidFemaleAnimal Jarringly so]]. Thumbelina herself also has a degree of resemblance to Jodi Benson (who had famously voiced [[{{WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid}} Ariel]] just a few years prior to this film).
%%* InterspeciesRomance: Discussed by the mole.
* KarmaHoudini: Mrs. Toad, who gets no comeuppance whatsoever for her part in kidnapping Thumbelina, or in trying to force her to marry Grundel.
%%* LoveAtFirstNote
* MarryForLove: Thumbelina. Ms. Field Mouse begs to differ.
%%* MoleMiner
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: If Cornelius and Thumbelina hadn't shown off their AwardBaitSong to the toad family, Mrs. Toad wouldn't have kidnapped her. Also Thumbelina singing in front of Grundel during the song, and turning toward him on the line "Heaven is where you are" even though she's really singing to Cornelius, causes the toad to fall for her.
* NonMammalMammaries: Mrs. Toad. Good God, Mrs. Toad.
%%* NonStandardCharacterDesign: See FurryConfusion above.
* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: The fairies are responsible for changing the seasons.
* PepTalkSong: "Marry the Mole" is a strange pseudo-example. While Miss Field Mouse thinks she's giving Thumbelina good advice and encouragement, she's also telling her to marry someone for their money and that love is over-rated.
* PopStarComposer: Barry Manilow, Don Bluth's regular film composer. However, he's usually credited in Bluth films under the pseudonym "Barry Mann," and in this film he's actually credited by his real name.
* RandomEventsPlot: It's not all the movie's fault, the original fairy tale is just that odd.
* RapunzelHair: Even when Thumbelina has her hair in a high ponytail, it still goes down to her thighs.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Prince Cornelius covers a surprising distance (considering his size), nearly dies in a frozen lake, and fights a large irate frog to save Thumbelina.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Inverted and downplayed. While Prince Cornelius is the outgoing, adventurous Energetic Guy, Thumbelina is the shy and slightly practical Savvy Girl.
%%* SealedWithAKiss
* ShesAManInJapan: Ms. Field Mouse. Who is actually [[CrossDressingVoices voiced by a man in Japan]].
* ShoutOut: Mr. Beetle's first name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busby_Berkeley Berkeley]], though the ballroom sequence isn't a BusbyBerkeleyNumber.
* SongsOfSolace: "Soon" is sung by Thumbelina to comfort herself because she's lonely. Her mother later sings it to comfort herself over her missing daughter.
* SpeciesSurname: Mrs. Toad, Mr. Beetle, Miss Field Mouse, and Mr. Mole.
* {{Spexico}}: Los Sapos Guapos say they come from Spain. Yet the song has snippets of samba (Brazil), conga (Cuba), tango (Argentina), and mentions Mexican foods. Mrs. Toad may be parodying Charo, but her hairstyle looks more like that of Marie Antoinette (from France). And the Toad boys are dressed like Harlequins (from Italy). Spain is spelled as both Espana and Espagna. And though the troupe is called Los Sapos Guapos (The Handsome Toads), they seem more like frogs at times and Mrs. Toad says "ranitas" (frogs) once as well.
%%* StalkerWithACrush: Grundel to near-{{Yandere}} levels.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: In an equal-opportunity instance of this trope, almost every animal sports some kind of clothing or hairstyle that marks him or her as male or female.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Yes, you see [[spoiler:Thumbelina grow a pair of wings and her wedding with Cornelius]] right there in the trailer.
* {{Troperiffic}}: The strongest amalgam of Disney tropes before ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''.
%%* TrueBlueFemininity: Thumbelina.
* VillainSong: Depending on who you consider to be the villains and who are just [[JerkAss mean]], we have "On the Road", "Yer Beautiful Baby", and "Marry the Mole".
%%* WackyWaysideTribe: Pretty much of the whole damn movie.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Something that bothers people about the original story. Thumbelina's mother is never heard from again, nor does Thumbelina ever seem to think about her, let alone try to get back to her. The movie averts it by having getting home be one of Thumbelina's main goals, and showing scenes of her worrying about her daughter in the meantime.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: It comes from the original story. Thumbelina is courted, over the course of the story, by a toad, a beetle, and a mole. She finally marries the cute fairy prince.
** And it's also played with (again, has roots in Andersen): the Beetle intentionally disguises Thumbelina for the Beetle Ball because, to bugs, ''she'' is ugly. When the disguise falls apart, he lets their opinion of her change his and kicks her out.
%%* WonderChild
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough: Miss Field Mouse pressures Thumbelina into marrying Mr. Mole when she has ''only just'' been notified of her true love's [[DisneyDeath apparent]] death.