Thumbelina - Pre-Production, Character Designs, Toads
Bluth, Don--1937 -
Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875.
Sullivan Bluth Studios -- Ireland.
Fairy tales -- Denmark.
Young women -- Juvenile drama.
Thumbelina, released by Warner Brothers on March 30, 1994, was based on the original Thumbelina fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. The work was done in both the Dublin studio and in the Burbank studio. Rowland B. Wilson and his wife Suzanne Lemieux did much of the pre-production work, and were instrumental with the design and art direction of the film. The original scriptwriter hired produced a script with a point of view that the studio felt did not capture Hans Christian Andersen’s spirit of the story. The writing process had used up the budget, so Bluth worked on the adaptation himself and restored a more fairy tale feel to the story.
A number of changes from the original fairytale were created for dramatic effect and several character changes were made, with some roles were extended. The most significant of those was Jacquimo, the swallow, who acts as the narrator and as a character who met Thumbelina early in the film and helped her search for Prince Cornelius. In the opening sequence, the studio experimented with CGI moving environments in Jacquimo’s flight through the city of Paris.
Drawings of toads in pencil on paper and translucent vellum paper.
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Pencil on paper
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