Sekai Meisaku Douwa: Oyayubi Hime

World's Famous Stories for Children: Thumb Princess

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Synonyms: Thumbelina
Japanese: 世界名作童話 おやゆび姫
English: World's Famous Stories for Children: Thumb Princess
German: Däumelinchen
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 18, 1978
Producers: Harmony Gold
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Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Book
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 4 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 6.061 (scored by 393393 users)
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Ranked: #88182
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Popularity: #11980
Members: 948
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This anime movie is an adaption from the famous fairytale for kids Thumbelina, that aired 1978 in Japan.


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Serikawa, Yuugo
Tezuka, Osamu
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Ito, Michihiro
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Katsumata, Geki
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Apr 13, 2018
I stumble upon this on youtube and gave it a watch, an anime movie from the 1970s is really charming

The story is simliar to the book, Thumbelina no bigger then a thumb made friends with the animals during her adventure.

Character designs is made by the late talented Osamu Tezuka. Famous for Kimba the White Lion and the very well known Astro Boy (Mighty Atom) and the backgrounds are just so very beautiful, they feel magical.

I can't say anything bad about it, its just a charming anime movie from the 70s
If you love fairy tales give this a watch.
Feb 10, 2020
So the movie itself wouldn't be cosidered bad but kind of cute and I understand it's mostly for childern (I also enjoy the atmosphre and the style that's why I kept going). The main issue I have with this is how they changed the story. I kow adaptation don't need to stick to the original 1:1. It's just that they completely missed the whole purpose of the story. During her journey Thumbelina is forced by anyone to marry someone and barely escapes. While the prince is the only one who asks her if she wants to marry him and truly consideres her feelings. While in ...
Dec 24, 2018
It seems that during the seventies and eighties, practically every Western fairy tale (particularly those from Hans Cristian Andersen) were ultimately made into an animated movie by the Japanese - and Thumbelina is no exception.

A very light and carefree adaptation of the classic tale, this movie is aimed at a very young audience, where there is almost no real conflict and eventually everyone lives happily ever after. The story is a bit rambling, the artwork and artwork are serviceable, about the only thing that is really notable about this production are the Osamu Tezuka character designs. Not a bad ...

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