At the beginning of the movie, Thumbelina's mother receives a barleycorn seed from a Good Witch. That barleycorn grows into a flower that opens up to a perfect teenage girl wearing cute clothes and a rockin' ponytail. Throughout the movie, Thumbelina complains that there is no one else like her in the world. So are we to believe that the Good Witch didn't happen to have another barleycorn seed that would grow into a human-carrying flower? Shouldn't Thumbelina's mother go back to the witch and say, 'Hey can I get another human seed from you? The other human I grew is lonely.' I understand that the theme of this movie is Thumbelina's need for belonging, but I feel someone should have asked for more damn barleycorn at some point.
Sure, he's got cute red hair and is a fairy prince, but the dude tries to kiss Thumbelina literally within the first two minutes of meeting her. Take a cold shower, Cornelius. Or at the very least, go find a peanut shell to make out with. I get that 'he loves her and wants to marry her' but when the two sing their first duet "Let Me Be Your Wings" he sings the line, "Leave behind the world you know." Yeah, Thumbelina is bummed that there aren't others her size, but she still has loved ones in her old world. Cornelius just wants Thumbelina to belong to him like every other male character in this movie.
Thumbelina's dog, Hero, looks like he just went on tour with the Grateful Dead and did more lines of coke than Jerry Garcia. Look at the dog's puffy purple eyes, as if he hasn't slept in days, yet for the majority of the movie the dog is only sleeping. Don't even get me started on that disgusting mustache, which I guess is something that dogs have? Even Hulk Hogan would look at that mustache and say, "Tone it down, dog."
Thumbelina's kidnapping was made clear by the coke fiend dog, Hero (who apparently communicates to humans through barks)
and yet all the mother does is cry. Yes, Cornelius told the dog he was going to look for her, but the mother has never met Cornelius, for all she knows her drugged out dog could be spouting hallucinations at her. Even if she did believe a fairy went out looking for her kidnapped tiny daughter, wouldn't a grown, full-sized adult be better equipped to scour a huge forest than a tiny man on a bumblebee?
While the term "gringo" isn't as charged as it once was, it still bears the definition of a foreigner in Latin America and someone who, while foreign, speaks broken Spanish. That doesn't seem to be the accurate description for one of FrogCharo's sons in this movie. Why even name the character that? He seemed to be speaking great Spanish. Was there a deleted scene where we find out Charo adopted Gringo, and he's not actually Spanish but from swamp in the U.S.?
So the fairy queen and king control the "winter frost." Cornelius begs them to hold the winter frost off until he finds Thumbelina, which makes sense. However, after that scene we see the bird Jacquimo flying through the forest on the same day. He shouts, "Autumn is here!" as if it is the first day of Autumn. A few scenes later on the VERY NEXT DAY, a chill comes through the air to which he says, "Winter is here!" as if it is the first day of winter! So in this land Fall lasts for a day? That's definitely not enough time for pumpkin spiced lattes or pumpkin spiced candles or pumpkin spiced tomato soup! Get it together, weather fairies.
The creepy toad whose catchphrase during this movie is "I want her!" yanks Mr. Beetle's (voiced by the always-melodic Gilbert Gottfried) wings off. Mr. Toad holds the wings hostage until Mr. Beetle finds Cornelius, promising to give the Beetle's wings back when his mission is complete. My question is: HOW? How would Mr. Toad reattach the Beetle's wings? How does Beetle think this is going to happen? Super glue? Hot glue? Glue stick? A piece of freshly chewed gum? One of those sticky hands you throw at the wall?
Yes, I know there was a song sung by Ms. Field Mouse entitled "Marry the Mole" that sways Thumbelina's decision, but that song is not convincing enough to say yes to marriage. Ms. Field Mouse even insults Thumbelina musically when she sings, "Your brain's so itty-bitty." If a busy-body field mouse woman sung to me that the Mole was rich, I was dumb, and that love doesn't exist I'd be like HELL NO. Plus, if I just found out that the fairy prince I loved was found dead in a block of ice, surely the last thing I would do was say yes to a wedding. But hey, I guess bra size isn't the only difference between Thumbelina and me.
At the end of the movie Cornelius saves Thumbelina, kisses her, and then by some magic unexplained to us, she immediately grows wings. Does being kissed by a fairy give you wings? The only things I grow after I kissing a guy are canker sores. Perhaps Cornelius had the power the whole time to grant her with wings? If so, why didn't he just give her wings the first night they met? For a movie that deals heavily with fairies we really didn't get a lot of explanation on how fairy magic works.
My biggest grievance with this movie: Thumbelina puts way too much stock in what men think of her. She is shuffled from man to man and ends up with a man that she spent maybe one hour of quality time with. You don't marry the guy you spent one hour with. You let the guy you spent one hour with buy you a watermelon shot and a hot dog, nothing more. In one scene, Thumbelina cries after the Beetle calls her ugly. Jacquimo, the bird, consoles her by asking, "Does Cornelius think you're beautiful?" To which she responds that he does. Jacquimo replies, "Then you are beautiful!" That's a right, little girls out there: the only way to know if you are beautiful is if the guy you like thinks you're beautiful.