The Secret Adventures Of Tom Thumb
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This dark and surreal reworking of the children's story has picked up two awards at International Festivals. The story mixes live actors with models and puppets in a 1984-style industrial landscape. An impoverished couple give birth to a tiny little baby which they christen Tom Thumb and for a while everyone is blissfully happy. Then a sinister Government official whisks Tom away to a lab full of other mutant creatures.
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The world portrayed really says much of the tone of the film, which is generally quite sombre and primitive, and although this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does make things a little harder in terms of getting to know and feel for the characters, especially given their muteness. Tom Thumb and his parents can sometimes appear more as figures of pity than empathy. Meanwhile, the real hero of the piece is Jack the Giant Killer, who really takes the lead on action and helps the story unravel as he aids Tom in his adventures.
In the truest sense of a fairy tale, this is dark and sinister, and in some cases abrupt and ambiguous, classic traits which can all too easily be forgotten given many a Disney adaptation of works by Grimm and others. While this may not seem a traditional tale, it is probably more traditional than you you might think, and the darker unsettling elements of the film are typically what make all fairy tales (this one included) a joy to indulge in, while always giving the sense there is a deeper subtext to be enjoyed as well. What might let it down however, is that it can feel a little short on pace and may be a little too peculiar; so perhaps not one for the impatient, weird-wary, or younger audiences.
As long as you go into this and don't expect to see handsome heroes, bold princesses, and cute characters, but instead prepare for a sinister, macabre, and ultimately saddening tale of some unsavoury and unsightly characters, then you have no reason not to enjoy it. An added bonus on the DVD is the short film 'Saint Inspector' (worth saving as a lighter hearted finish to the overall experience), which once again excels in the animated splendour of strange, yet endearing creations.
You may find as I did that the plot is a bit of a mess at times.. and the music if rather undesirable.. Though the set design, makeup and costumes more than makes up for the films week points.
So if you like animation - this is an absolute must see.
P.S There is also a fun little short film as an extra, but I really wanted a 'making of' as this film more than some really deserves one.