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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1995 - 29 July.5 August

Sections & Films

THUMBELINA

Category: Edition 1995

Synopsis
A girl no bigger than her mother's thumb feels all alone in the world knowing she is the only person her size. Her wish for a companion at last comes true when the prince of the fairy's arrives at her window sill. However, the naive Thumbelina's life goes downward from there when a toad kidnaps her. While she tries to find a way home, she begins to grow up and learns about hope with the help of the friends she always wanted.

Original Title Thumbelina
Italian Title Pollicina
Category Out of competition
Section Cartoons
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 86'
Production Year 1994
Nationality Ireland, USA
Directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Screenplay Don Bluth
Original Voices Jodi Benson, Gary Imhoff, Gino Conforti

 regista don bluthDON BLUTH

Don Bluth was one of the chief animators at Disney to come to the mantle after the great one's death. He eventually became the animation director for such films as Le avventure di Bianca e Bernie (1977) and Elliott, il drago invisibile (1977). Unfortunately, the quality of animation that Disney was producing at this point was not up to par with the great works of Disney, and there was rumor that the production unit at Disney might be shut down indefinitely. In retaliation, Bluth and several other animators led a walkout, and went off to form their own independent animation firm. Bluth's first animated feature may still be his best. Brisby e il segreto di Nimh (1982) was an animated film based on the children's book "Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of Nimh". The film dealt with a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Brisbee and her plight to move her house before the farmer plants his field. The rats of Nimh, an organization of super intelligent rats, band together to help her. "The Secret of NIMH" was a visually ravishing film that hearkened back to the glory days of Disney. While animation buffs raved, the film did little business at the box office. (The growing number of VCR's in America would help the film reach a cult status on home video). Undaunted, Bluth persevered. He created the video games Dragon's Lair (1983) and Space Ace (1983), both of which allowed the player to control an actual cartoon. He later teamed up with Steven Spielberg for the films Fievel sbarca in America (1986) and Alla ricerca della valle incantata (1988). While Bluth's ambition to restore animation to its previous glory was being realized, the Disney studio, whose recent films had failed to match Bluth's at the box office, was finally ready to return to true quality. With the release of La sirenetta (1989) and La bella e la bestia (1991), Bluth had to compete with a Goliath. After his next film, Charlie - Anche i cani vanno in Paradiso (1989), received mixed opinions and failed to be more than a minor box office success, Bluth fell into a failing streak of films that were comparatively mediocre when placed alongside his previous work, including Eddy e la banda del sole luminoso (1991), and Thumbelina - Pollicina (1994).

 regista Gary GoldmanGARY GOLDMAN

Gary Goldman (Oakland, 17 November 1944) is an American director and animator, known primarily for his collaboration with Don Bluth.
With it he founded the Sullivan Bluth Studios, a production company rivaling Walt Disney accusing it of abandoning its fairytale style by Red and Toby - Nemiciamici.