YMMV: Thumbelina

  • Adult Fear: 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.
  • All Animation Is Disney: When test audiences first saw this movie with the Warner Bros. logo, the reviews were mediocre at best. When aired with the Disney logo, reviews on average were much higher.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Ms. Fieldmouse isn't concerned about Thumbelina at all, she's just pimping Thumbelina out to stay on Mr. Mole's good side without having him consider her as a possible match for him.
    • She clearly wants to get married to him herself, though whereas it's simply because of the money or because she did genuinely love him is not particularly clear. Maybe both.
  • Cliché Storm
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Marry The Mole" may be a bad song, but "Let Me Be Your Wings" is a pretty decent ballad and considered by many to be the best song in the movie.
  • Ear Worm: The title song, "On the Road" and "Follow Your Heart". Also, "Let Me Be Your Wings" clearly manages to stick to your head after a while.
    • "Marry The Mole," which may be why so many people hate it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • People who criticise the movie for its Fourth Date Marriage plot, including The Nostalgia Chick, might not have felt the same way had they known the love story is actually an improvement from the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, where Thumbelina and the prince didn't meet until the end and immediately decided to marry. In this movie they meet at the beginning and at least has a Falling in Love Montage which honestly doesn't make it much different from most Disney love stories out there.
    • Mrs. Toad looks a lot like a cartoon Nicki Minaj.
  • Idiot Plot: The only reason Thumbelina keeps getting in trouble is because neither she or Jacquimo can think of her taking a ride on his back; made worse by the fact that Jacquimo thinks finding the Valley of the Fairies is more important than flying her home, as well.
    • The song "Follow Your Heart", as presented by Jacquimo, underlines this plot hole to the point of insanity. (Lost in the woods? Just follow your heart. I could help you by flying home, but...)
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sure, Beetle is a shallow, self-absorbed jerk, but the only reason he's working for Grundel at all is because the toad was throttling him and then stole his wings, effectively blackmailing him. It's easy to watch him get dragged around by his ankle the entire way and feel a little bad for him.
  • Les Yay / No Yay: Thumbelina staring down Mrs. Toad's long legs as the latter starts dancing.
    • Not helped by Thumbelina saying "Oh dear..." in a tone that makes it sound like she's thinking "I should not be aroused by this, but I am."
  • Most Annoying Sound: Hey kids, do you like Gilbert Gottfried's voice? No? Well, we're gonna make him sing!
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Marry The Mole", the Golden Raspberry Award-winner for "Worst Original Song," is as cringe-inducing as it is strangely charming.
    • It's also hilarious.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Let Me Be Your Wings," as pointed out by The Nostalgia Chick, is an obvious rip-off of "A While New World,".
  • Tear Jerker: "Soon (Reprise)".
    • The scene where the insects laugh at Thumbelina and call her "ugly". As one Youtube commenter put it, "This movie goes to show you that no matter how beautiful you are, some creep will call you ugly and it will still hurt."