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Thumbelina 1955 U

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

In Andersen's 1835 story a tiny girl is born from a flower and has to evade courtship from a marriage-minded toad and mole before escaping to find safety with people like herself. The story invites any number of interpretations, from female empowerment to Freudian analysis. Thumbelina is one of a dozen films animator Lotte Reiniger made over a two-year period for television.

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Directed by

Lotte Reiniger


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U Contains no material likely to offend or harm




United Kingdom



Production company

Primrose Productions

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