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Thumbelina or Little Tiny is a Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1835 as part of the second volume of Eventyr, fortalte for Børn (Fairy-tales, Told for Children). It was originally known as Tommelise or Tommeliden (Tomme means inch in danish). A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... | Come and take it, slogan of the Texas Revolution 1835 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


Andrew Lang retold it in The Olive Fairy Book as "The Strange Adventures of Little Maia." For the former National Basketball Association player, see Andrew Lang (basketball). ... Rumpelstiltskin from The Blue Fairy Book, by Henry J. Ford Andrew Langs Fairy Books or Andrew Langs Coloured Fairy Books are a twelve-book series of fairy tale collections. ...


Plot synopsis

Thumbelina in Jesperhus on Mors

Once, a woman grew a barleycorn in her garden, so beautiful that when she kissed the petals of the bloom, it burst into a flower and a tiny but beautiful girl emerged. The woman named her Thumbelina, as she was no bigger than the woman's thumb. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1137 KB) Jesperhus, Morsø, Denmark photo © 2005 by Tomasz Sienicki, tsca#sdf. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1137 KB) Jesperhus, Morsø, Denmark photo © 2005 by Tomasz Sienicki, tsca#sdf. ... Mors is a 367,7 square kilometer large island in a shallow sound called Limfjorden in Denmark. ...


The girl's beauty soon attracted the attention of a frog. She believed Thumbelina would make a good bride for her son, so she kidnapped the girl in the middle of the night, and delivered her to her son. The son was immediately enchanted by Thumbelina's beauty, and left her on a lily pad. However, Thumbelina managed to find help. Fish gnawed away the root of the lily pad, and a butterfly offered to pull her to safety with one of Thumbelina's ribbons as a harness. Before she could be freed however, a mayfly grabbed Thumbelina off the lily and took her away, leaving the butterfly to die as he was too fragile to break free of the ribbon. Distribution of frogs (in black) Suborders Archaeobatrachia Mesobatrachia Neobatrachia - List of Anuran families The frog is an amphibian in the order Anura (meaning tail-less from Greek an-, without + oura, tail). ... Families Superfamily Hesperioidea: Hesperiidae Superfamily Papilionoidea: Papilionidae Pieridae Nymphalidae Lycaenidae Riodinidae A butterfly is an insect of the Order Lepidoptera, and belongs to one of the superfamilies Hesperioidea (the skippers) or Papilionoidea (all other butterflies). ... Suborders Suborder Schistonota  Superfamily Baetoidea    Siphlonuridae    Baetidae    Oniscigastridae    Ameletopsidae    Ametropodidae  Superfamily Heptagenioidea    Coloburiscidae    Oligoneuriidae    Isonychiidae    Heptageniidae  Superfamily Leptophlebioidea    Leptophlebiidae  Superfamily Ephemeroidea    Behningiidae    Potamanthidae    Euthyplociidae    Polymitarcydae    Ephemeridae    Palingeniidae Suborder Pannota  Superfamily Ephemerelloidea    Ephemerellidae    Leptohyphidae    Tricorythidae  Superfamily Caenoidea    Neoephemeridae    Baetiscidae    Caenidae    Prosopistomatidae The mayflies belong to the order Ephemeroptera (Ephemeroptera: Greek Ephemeros...


The mayfly, who was also enchanted by Thumbelina, brought her back to his family, but the female mayflies declared she was ugly, and so they abandoned her as a result. Starving in the cold of winter, the little girl was then found by a field mouse, who took care of her. Because the mouse believed that she was indebted to him, the girl soon found herself engaged to a mole. The wedding would take place in spring, once the last snow thawed.


Unhappy that she must marry the mole, Thumbelina went to the see the flowers one last time, knowing the mole disliked the beauty of the upper world and would confine her to the ground below. A bird flew by and saw Thumbelina's distress, so he offered to take her away to a better world.


She agreed and the bird took her far away to a field of flowers, where he told her to choose a flower to claim as her own. Thumbelina found a flower, but discovered another person present, the prince of fairies. Enchanted by her beauty, he asked to marry her, and the little girl agreed. She was renamed Maia by the prince (as the name Thumbelina is not beautiful enough for a girl like her) and given a pair of wings so she may fly with her new husband. It has been suggested that Trooping fairies be merged into this article or section. ...


Adaptations

Thumbelina brings a blanket to her friend, the swallow in the 1992 Golden Films adaptation of the classic story.
Thumbelina brings a blanket to her friend, the swallow in the 1992 Golden Films adaptation of the classic story.
  • The first film-version of Thumbelina was a black and white production released in 1924, it was directed by Herbert M. Dawley.
  • Lotte Reiniger directed a 10-minute short film adaptation of the fairy tale which was released in 1954.
  • Thumbelina has also been adapted into film by the Goodtimes Animation Studios in 1992. It's the second most popular adaptation of the film, but still quite obscure. Thumbelina (1992) is much brighter, happier and optimistic than Don Bluth's rather dark version.
  • The animated Thumbelina, directed by Don Bluth and released in 1994. The movie is alternatively titled Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina although the story deviates from the source story in a number of ways.
  • Toei Animation released a feature-length anime version of the story in 1978, titled Sekai Meisaku Dowa: Oyayubi Hime (World's Famous Children's Stories: The Thumb Princess), with character designs by Osamu Tezuka. An English dubbed version was released in the U.S. by Harmony Gold.
  • Also in Japan, Enoki Films adapted the story into a 26-episode TV series in 1992 titled Oyayubi Hime Monogatari (The Story of the Thumb Princess).

Image File history File links Thumbelina_4. ... Image File history File links Thumbelina_4. ... Golden Films produced the 1992 version of The Little Mermaid and was distributed by GoodTimes Entertainment. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Originally released in 1992, Thumbelina is a 50-minute animated film based on the classic story, Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen. ... Donald Virgil Bluth (born September 13, 1937) is a former Disney animator who, along with fellow animators Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy, set out on his own in 1979 to start his own animation studio, Don Bluth Productions. ... Thumbelina is a 1994 animated film directed by Don Bluth, and released by Warner Bros. ... Donald Virgil Bluth (born September 13, 1937) is a former Disney animator who, along with fellow animators Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy, set out on his own in 1979 to start his own animation studio, Don Bluth Productions. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Toei Animation Co. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) Anime ) (IPA pronunciation: in Japanese, but typically or in English) is an abbreviation of the word animation. Outside Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Osamu Tezuka and his creations commemorated on two stamps Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫 Tezuka Osamu, November 3, 1928 - February 9, 1989) was a Japanese manga artist and animator born in Osaka Prefecture. ... Harmony Gold is the creator and main distributor of Robotech. ... Enoki Films is a producer of anime based in Tokyo. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

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Thumbelina or Little Tiny is a Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1835 as part of the second volume of Eventyr, fortalte for Børn (Fairy-tales, Told for Children).
Before she could be freed however, a mayfly grabbed Thumbelina off the lily and took her away, leaving the butterfly to die as he was too fragile to break free of the ribbon.
Thumbelina brings a blanket to her friend, the swallow in the 1992 Golden Films adaptation of the classic story.
Hans Christian Andersen : Thumbelina :: www.andersen.sdu.dk :: The Hans Christian Andersen Center (4042 words)
Thumbelina used the petal as a boat, and with a pair of white horsehairs for oars she could row clear across the plate-a charming sight.
Thumbelina sailed past many a place, and when the little birds in the bushes saw her they sang, "What a darling little girl." The leaf drifted further and further away with her, and so it was that Thumbelina became a traveler.
Thumbelina had to sing for him, she sang, "May-bug, May-bug, fly away home," and "The Monk goes afield." The mole fell in love with her sweet voice, but he didn't say anything about it yet, for he was a most discreet fellow.
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