Tom Thumb

Film, Family and kids

Time Out says

A lively predecessor to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, loosely based on the Brothers Grimm tale, but bearing a remarkable resemblance to Pinocchio. Tamblyn is the five-inch child bestowed on a peasant couple (Miles and Matthews) by the Forest Queen. All too soon, Tom falls in with bad company: Terry-Thomas and Sellers, relishing their own villainy. Pal, an architecture student whose first films were self-styled 'Puppetoons', put his training to good use here, cleverly meshing miniatures, giant props and animation techniques to create an impression of the world as Tom sees it. With a good deal of unforced humour, acrobatic dancing, and some likeable songs (a couple sung by Peggy Lee), it makes for pleasant entertainment.


Release details

98 mins

Cast and crew

George Pal
Ladislas Fodor
Russ Tamblyn
June Thorburn
Peter Sellers
Alan Young
Jessie Matthews
Bernard Miles
Ian Wallace
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