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The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina is a 2002 Animated Musical by Miramax.

After being raised by a normal-sized man, tiny Tom Thumb (voiced by Elijah Wood) sets out to find others of his diminutive stature. He happens upon Thumbelina (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a former circus performer, who is not only his size and age, but is also looking for others like her. But just as they meet, Thumbelina is taken prisoner by the comically sinister Mole King (Peter Gallagher), who wants to make her his bride...

The movie was actually completed in 1999 but wasn't released until 2002.


The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina includes the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: The ringmaster who kidnaps Thumbelina from her home and real family and uses her as a circus attraction when he calls her a reject and emotionally abuses her.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The Mole King with his crown, and quite a few of the mice.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: The Mole King tries to marry Thumbelina and fails.
  • Animated Musical
  • Arranged Marriage: Technically, there are two of them set up! The second one winds up being a Perfectly Arranged Marriage.
  • Disney Villain Death: The Mole King when he digs so much, he finds out too late that he dug at the side of the cliff, then falls into the dark abyss to his doom.
  • High-Class Glass: Daniel wears one and near the end, the Mole King briefly gets his, making him fully see for a brief time until Tom smashes them.
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  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: The Mole King has his subjects (who are only two moles) kidnap Thumbelina, trying to force her into marrying him.
  • Improvised Weapon: At one point Thumbelina weaponizes a cotton ball dipped in ether, and Tom briefly picks up a needle to use as a sword.
  • Inspired by…: The fairy tales of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.
  • Interspecies Romance: The Mole King wants to marry Thumbelina.
  • "I Want" Song: "I Am All Alone" for Thumbelina.
  • Large Ham: The Mole King himself.
  • Mouse World: Two, really - one featuring real mice, and the other a hidden kingdom of tiny people.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (not their names at the time) were betrothed as babies...Well that was lucky, wasn't it! They even had a backup just in case one came home but not the other.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: Roman, complete with emotional abuse and animal cruelty.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Thumbelina, at the party thrown by the mice. Tom and all of the mice seem very impressed, even though she's just wearing a new dress and has her hair in a ponytail.
  • Talking Animal
  • Terms of Endangerment: The Mole King calls Thumbelina "beautiful", "my sweet", and "pumpkin".
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter how cruel the Mole King is to his two remaining subjects, Godfrey and Daniel refuse to leave his side, but it's subverted as it's more of being scared than being his friends.
  • Villain Song: The Mole King sings "Welcome to my Hole" as an attempt to convince Thumbelina to love him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Mole King when not only does Thumbelina reject him, but destroys the only thing that helped him briefly seen, causing him to be so furious, he was willing to kill just to get to her.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Whenever the Mole King asks for the maids, due to his blindness and not realizing he has no other subjects, Daniel dresses up as the maids, then later on, he was seen dressed as a bridesmade.
  • Yandere: The Mole King goes Ax-Crazy when Thumbelina rejects him and chooses Tom instead.