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Parents' Guide to

Thumbelina

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Magical, musical story is a classic fairy tale.

Movie G 1994 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 14 parent reviews

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
4 people found this helpful.
age 4+

Horrible Themes

I’m pretty sure I just watched a story about human trafficking and forced child marriage. Terribly sexist and totally inappropriate tropes. Pretty sure it’s racist, too.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Though Thumbelina can be swayed to accept different paths rather easily, it's enjoyable to watch her will shine through. And life in the forest is lush and lively, and the dramatic action is fanciful, while hitting notes of struggle and triumph. Barry Manilow (yes, that Barry Manilow) has written a host of songs that Thumbelina (voiced by Jodi Benson) brings to life. Guest voice appearances by Charo, Kenneth Mars, and Carol Channing enrich the talented cast.

Though it's not Disney, this feature does give Disney a run for its money. Younger children will appreciate the little characters like the Jitterbugs, and older kids might like the comic Beetle and the teen romance aspect. Parents might even find themselves enjoying the music.

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