This film is part of Free

Little Tom Thumb

Worst. Parents. Ever. But a lovely animated tale using cut-out animation designed by Sunniva Kellquist

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1967 7 mins


It’s probably not an answer to child poverty, but the Thumb family resolve all their money worries by abandoning their children in the woods – twice. There are lots of versions of Tom Thumb tales, but this one follows the 17th century Charles Perrault tale of Le Petit Poucet. Ogres, staggeringly bad parenting, and seven-league-boots are all beautifully brought to life through cut-out animation, based on designs by Swedish illustrator Sunniva Kellquist.