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Review by Marc Girdler | posted February 1, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina is a classic fairy tale, brought to life on this disc through the animation of Don Bluth Studios. If the name Don Bluth does not ring a bell, check out the classic Dragon's Lair Series or Fox's Anastasia, all masterpieces of animation in their own right. The animation in Thumbelina is not as good as the previously mentioned titles, but it still looks good. We all know the story of Thumbelina, who was swept away from her true love against her will, then battles back, to make her way back to him. One very amusing segment in the film is when Thumbelina ends up almost marrying a mole, which always brings a smile to my face. I love moles, what can I say? While the fairy tale story is well known, don't buy this title on name alone. I highly recommend a rental if you have seen it first, because I found the animation lacking and the overall film very poor. But if you've seen it, or your children love it, then by all mean, pick it up, as the disc is excellent.

Video: Thumbelina is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, with an optional full screen version as well. I know some children detest widescreen, so if your kids are that way, just flip the disc over and they'll be happy. The overall image looks outstanding, with a sharp picture and few signs of print wear. The colors in this movie are bright and glowing, and the disc makes sure they look their best. The gold hues look particularly enchanting, and the entire movie has a unique "shine" of sorts to it. Very imressive imagery and the disc comes through as well. Black levels are sharp, with no softness, other than the glow, which is intentional. I could not find any problems with the animation, and no compression errors were visible either.

Audio: The Dolby surround track is more than enough to carry this movie. The music sounds very good, even though it's not my style, per se. Of course, with Barry Manilow being the force behind it, I didn't expect it to be. Some minor surround use occurs, usually during magical scenes or by virtue of the score. Dialogue is excellent, with no audibility trouble and great audio separation.

Extras: Warner has included the theatrical trailer, which is cool, but nothing else.

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