Thumbelina

Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Magical, musical story is a classic fairy tale.

G 1994 86 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 2+

Great cartoon!!

Don't listen to the feminists, this is such a great cartoon. I loved it as a little girl, and now my little ones are watching it. My 3 yo (almost 4yo) daughter finds it magical and very entertaining. It goes over real emotions like disappointment, love, sadness, envy, and jealousy. Something cartoons are lacking nowadays.

This title has:

Great messages
age 8+

Very poor messages for girls

Rewatching this movie as an adult, I realized how incredibly sexist it is. More than that, the lack of CONSENT is extremely concerning. There is repeated strong messaging to Thumbelina that she should at most politely refuse (and usually ultimately comply with) selfish requests (so much "Marry me!" Sing!!"). I love the role models of modern girl characters - I will not be showing this to my daughter again. Similarly, I am concerned about how it teaches boys that men can just keep insisting beyond a "no" and expect to get to a yes. No bueno.

This title has:

Too much sex

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