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screenplay by Don Bluth
directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
by Walter Chaw A predictably disturbing take on Hans Christian Andersen's cautionary tale of the importance of conformity and the dangers of female sexual awakening, the diminutive heroine of Don Bluth and Gary Goldman's Thumbelina arrives in the slow blossoming of a rose. After brief stops in which a hyper-sexualized, Charo-voiced frog teaches Thumbelina to shake her tiny money-maker, a sleazy moustachioed junebug (Gilbert Gottfried) abducts her to be its wife, and Bluth presents phallic stems and pregnant bulbs to the point of indecency, the message of "there's someone for everyone" (or, closer to the mark, an "Eye of the Beholder"-like "stick with your kind, freak") comes ham-fisting home.