Thumbelina: A Magical Story
(おやゆび姫物語 Oyayubi Hime Monogatari, lit. The Story of Princess Thumbelina) is a Japanese anime series produced by Enoki Films and adapted from the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale
"Thumbelina" by Akiyoshi Sakai. It premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on March 31, 1992 and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on September 30, 1992.
The series was edited into an eighty-minute film
and released in North America on VHS by Starmaker Entertainment in 1993. In 2006, Digiview Entertainment re-released the Starmaker film to DVD.
The plot is as follows: Unable to control her mischievous young daughter Maya, an exhausted mother seeks the guidance of an old witch living on the edge of town. The witch gives this mother a magical copy of the fairly tale "Thumbelina" and tells her to read this to Maya. Later, when her mother falls asleep, Maya shrinks and is pulled inside the world of the book. A good witch appears and tells her that she is in her mother's dream world and that in order to return to normal, she must find a way to wake up her mother. To do this, she must travel to a far away southern land to talk to the Crystal Prince, who will help her reach home. During her journey Maya faces many trials and hardships; along the way she befriends members of the dream world, who band together to help her reach the land of the South.
Contains the following tropes:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The frogs, and the swallow.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Croven is male, but voiced by a woman.
- Disney Death: Noble, though technically he didn't die. He fell into water and melted, but got washed up onto a shore and dried out by the sun, allowing him to come back.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The story resembles The Wizard of Oz more than it resembles "Thumbelina". There are also elements reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.
- Dream Land: Most of the story takes place within Maya's mother's dream.
- Evil Counterpart: Cassandra is this to Angela. Or so it would seem. In the end it is revealed that she was good all along.
- Fairy Companion: Noble the sugar fairy.
- Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: Angela and Cassandra appear to be this at first, but it turns out that Cassandra was good all along.
- Morphic Resonance: When Croven transforms into a fox, he still has the same color scheme and eye markings.
- Save the Villain: Maya grabs Cassandra hand to prevent her from falling to her death, which leads her to decide that Maya has learned her lesson and reveals that, as stated elsewhere on this page, she was good all along.
- Secret Test of Character: Cassandra turns out to be helping Angela give one of these to Maya.
- Trapped in Another World: Maya gets trapped in her mother's dream.