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Dyuymovochka (1964)

The first ever animated version of the popular Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "Thumbelina".

Director:

Leonid Amalrik

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (story "Tommelise"), Nikolay Erdman (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Galina Novozhilova Galina Novozhilova ... Thumbelina (voice)
Elena Ponsova ... The Mouse (voice)
Mikhail Yanshin ... The Mole (voice)
Sergey Martinson ... The Maybug (voice) (as Sergei Martinson)
Viktor Avdyushko ... Toad the Son (voice)
Erast Garin ... The Crayfish (voice)
Ivan Vlasov ... The Prince of Elves (voice)
Irina Pototskaya Irina Pototskaya ... The Swallow (voice) (as I. Pototskaya)
Tamara Dmitrieva Tamara Dmitrieva ... The Caterpillar (voice)
M. Tarkhova M. Tarkhova ... Toad the Mother (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmanuil Kaminka Emmanuil Kaminka ... Narrator (voice)
Georgiy Vitsin ... (voice)
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Storyline

There was one woman in the world and she had no children. She decided to go to the witch. The witch was kind and gave the woman a barley kernel, from which a beautiful flower grew in a pot. When the bud opened, there was a small-small girl no more than an inch in height. Therefore, she was called Thumbelina. Thumbelina was very friendly and sweet. She lived on the dresser of her foster mother and slept in a cot of nutshells. Once, the Swamp Toad noticed her and decided that Thumbelina could become a perfect pair for her son. At night, Toad stole the sleeping Thumbelina and brought her to her son. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1964 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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In the animation, the toads rush in pursuit of the floating sheet with the girl and catch up with him, the book does not say so. See more »

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Version of Thumbelina (1994) See more »

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The best of the animated versions
19 October 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Soyuzmultfilm's Thumbelina is significant for being the first animated version of the story, and to this day it's the best. From memory the 1983 anime version was very affecting, Golden Films' was very charming and one of that studio's best while Don Bluth's film is not quite as bad as it's touted to be but has things wrong with it. This version, a short film in fact, is not just beautifully done but has emotional impact too. The animation is vibrantly coloured and elegant, showing a lot of effort but not trying too hard. The music is understated and with a soft lilt with a distinctive nationalistic quality to it. The dialogue is minimal which suited the story just right, it allows the storytelling and its emotional impact to come out. When it is there it is effective in how simple it is. The story is very charming and true in spirit to the fairy-tale, and it is also very touching. Thumbelina is a protagonist you can relate to and the supporting characters are colourfully characterised. All in all, the first animated version of Thumbelina and the best one too. Not one of Soyuzmultfilm's very best like Tale of Tales, Hedgehog in the Fog, The Snow Queen and The Scarlet Flower(Russia's take on the Beauty and the Beast story), but not a disappointment either, in fact I've yet to see an animation of theirs to disappoint. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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