The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb is a 1993 surrealist horror mystery stop-motion animated film directed, written, shot and edited by Dave Borthwick, produced by Bolexbrothers studio and funded by Richard Hutchinson, BBC, La Sept and Manga Entertainment, which also distributed the film on video. Though it draws its title character from the fairy tale Tom Thumb, the story and setting is substantially different, depicting Tom as a fetus-like child living in a grim and squalid urban environment.
1 Plot 2 Production 3 Awards 4 References 5 External links
Plot The story follows the tiny Tom Thumb as he is abducted from his loving parents and taken to an experimental laboratory, and his subsequent escape. He discovers a community of similarly-sized people living in a swamp, who help him on his journey to return to his parents. The film is largely dialogue-free, limited mostly to grunts and other non-verbal vocalizations. Production The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb was made using a combination of stop-motion animation and pixilation (live actors posed and shot frame-by-frame), often with live actors and puppets sharing the frame. It was originally commissioned as a 10-minute short for BBC2's Christmas programming, but was rejected for being too dark for the festive season. The short version nevertheless garnered critical acclaim through showings at animation festivals, and a feature-length version was commissioned by the BBC a year later. Awards
1993 - Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival - Best Director 1993 - Cinanima Espinho Portugal - Best Feature 1994 - Fantasporto - International Fantasy Film Award - Best Director 1994 - Fantasporto - Critics' Award - Special Mention 1994 - Houston Worldfest - Gold Special Jury Award - Feature Film 1994 - San Francisco International Film Festival - Best Animation 1994 - Worldfest Charleston - Gold Special Jury Award - Feature Film 1994 - Video Home Entertainment - Award of Excellence 1995 - Evening Standard British Film Award - Best Technical/Artistic Achievement 1995 - Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival - Special Jury Prize - Feature Film 1995 - Atlanta Film and Video Festival - Best Animated Film 1995 - Mediawave - Grand Prix 1995 - Mediawave - Audience Prize 1996 - Európai Animációs Játékfilm Fesztivál - 1st Prize
^ 4. Kecskeméti Animációs Filmfesztivál 1. Nemzetközi Animációs Játékfilm Fesztivál. Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál. 1996.
Kowalski, Frankie (1996-06-01). "Instinctive Decisions - Dave Borthwick, Radical Independent". Animation World Magazine. Retrieved 2007-02-24. Toonhound - The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb Eye Weekly - The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb
Official website The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb on IMDb
v t e
Tom Thumb (1958) The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993) The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (2002)
Tom Thumb (1730 play) The Tragedy of Tragedies (1731 play)
Thumbelina Thumbling Tom Thumb (comics)
Tom Thumb and Litt