YMMV / Thumbelina

  • 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.
    • Mrs. Toad was messing with Grundel when she promised him Thumbelina's hand, which may be the only real explanation for why she left Thumbelina behind immediately after declaring they were to be married to go fetch the father of the groom.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Thumbelina herself has enough fans to be popular but to some she's a Damsel Scrappy (see below).
  • Cliché Storm: Of Disney-esque tropes.
  • 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.
    • 'Soon'. Never mind the lyrics, just listen to the melody and Jodi Benson's voice on the long notes.
  • Cult Classic: Despite the poor reception it got, Thumbelina has developed somewhat of a cult following over the years.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Although somewhat justified given she's a tiny woman unfamiliar with the infinitely larger world around her, Thumbelina's submissiveness to those taking advantage of her as well as writing everything off as "impossible" is sure to get old quickly for some.
    Nostalgia Chick: "Impossible", and "mildly inconvenient" are NOT the same thing!
  • Dork Age: Likely did much to cement the belief that Don Bluth had fallen into one. Its Golden Raspberry win didn't help matters.
  • 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: Mrs. Toad looks a lot like an animal version of 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 Vale 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...)
    • Thumbelina is left alone and to fend for herself because Mrs. Toad, after all the trouble she went through to kidnap Thumbelina and to make her Grundel's bride, leaves her alone on the lily pad to be rescued while she and the three sons leave the scene, supposedly to fetch the father. One would think after the killing they just made showing off Thumbelina and after her close encounter with the dog that Mrs. Toad would find it prudent to keep Thumbelina close. A whopping case of Didn't Think This Through.
  • 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: 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!
    • It was actually Randy Crenshaw doing a spot-on Gilbert Gottfried impression for Mr. Beetle's singing voice.
  • Never Live It Down: Obvious Disneyfication aside, "Marry the Mole" quickly went down as one of the most widely ridiculed songs ever, enough to win the movie a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song. The fact that it had the talents of Barry Manilow and Carol Channing behind it didn't help matters.
  • 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 Whole New World,".
  • The Woobie: Thumbelina, so much. She's born to a loving mother, but life is somewhat difficult due to the fact she's so small, and she's the only person she knows of who is of that size. Then she gets kidnapped just after meeting Cornelius, stalked by Mrs. Toad's amorous son, humiliated by the Beetle and nearly freezes to death. Then Mrs. Field Mouse blithely tells her the love of her life is dead and tries to force her into marrying a Jerkass Mole. Damn, girl.
    • Thumbelina's mother, too.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Charo as Mrs. Toad, who was even designed to closely resemble the actress.
    • John Hurt as the Mole may also count for some.
    • Tony Jay plays the cow on Thumbelina's farm, and after the first song is never heard from again.

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