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Not to be confused with the 1978 Toei Animation anime film Thumbelina.



Thumbelina: A Magical Story (おやゆび姫物語 Oyayubi Hime Monogatari?, lit. The Story of Princess Thumbelina) is a Japanese anime series produced by Enoki Films and adapted from the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Thumbelina by Akiyoshi Sakai. It premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on March 31, 1992 and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on September 30, 1992.

The series was edited into an eighty-minute film and released in North America on VHS by Starmaker Entertainment in 1993. In 2006, Digiview Entertainment re-released the Starmaker film to DVD.

Plot

Unable to control her mischievous young daughter Maya, an exhausted mother seeks the guidance of an old witch living on the edge of town. The witch gives this mother a magical copy of the fairly tale Thumbelina and tells her to read this to Maya. Later, when her mother falls asleep, Maya shrinks and is pulled inside the world of the book. A good witch appears and tells her that she is in her mother's dream world and that in order to return to normal, she must find a way to wake up her mother. To do this, she must travel to a far away southern land to talk to the Crystal Prince, who will help her reach home. During her journey Maya faces many trials and hardships; along the way she befriends members of the dream world, who band together to help her reach the land of the South.

Cast

  • Mia (マーヤ Māya?), voiced by Mika Kanai
  • Noo Buru (ノーブル?), voiced by Fushigi Yamada
  • Mama (ママ?), voiced by Yōko Asagami
  • Kero Futo (ケロ太?), voiced by Mami Matsui
  • Gama Ko (ガマ子?), voiced by Noriko Uemura
  • Zobiru (ゾビル?), voiced by Yokoo Mari
  • Mahoutsukai no Obāsan (魔法使いのおばあさん?)
  • Enzerā (エンゼラー?), voiced by Satoko Munakata
  • Helula (ヘルーラ Herūra?), voiced by Yōko Asagami

Media

Produced by Enoki Films and adapted from the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Thumbelina by Akiyoshi Sakai. It premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on March 31, 1992 and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on September 30, 1992.[1]

The series was licensed for release in North America by Starmaker Entertainment, which released the series to VHS format under the name Thumbelina on December 13, 1993.[2] The Starmaker release was heavily edited, with director Jim Terry reducing the series to an eighty-minute film.[3][4] In 2006, Digiview Entertainment re-released the Starmaker version to Region 1 DVD as Thumbelina: A Magical Story.[2] The full series is also licensed for regional language releases in Colombia by Centauro Comunicaciones and in Italy by Italia 1 which broadcast the Italian dub on its channel.[1]

The series uses two pieces of theme music, one opening and one ending theme, both performed by Yuki Matsura. The opening theme is "Welcome to the Planetarium (プラネタリウムにようこそ?) while the ending theme is "Whistling of the Hills (口笛の丘"?).

Episode listing

# Title Original Airdate
1 Wake Up, Mama
"Mama, me o Samashi te!" (ママ、目を覚まして!)
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2 Goodbye, Happy Tree
"Sayonara Happii Tsurii" (さよならハッピーツリー)
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3 Wonderful Town Underneath the Umbrella
"Kasa no Shita no Fushigi na Machi" (傘の下の不思議な町)
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4 Don't Give up Walking Billy
"Ganbare, Yowamushi Birii" (がんばれ、弱虫ビリー)
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5 Bride of a Frog
"Kaeru no Hanayome San" (カエルの花嫁さん)
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6 Mama of the Magic Castle
"Mahou Jou no Mama" (魔法城のママ)
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7 Maya Embarks on a Flying Ship
"Māya. Sora Tobu Fune ni Noru" (マーヤ·空飛ぶ船にのる)
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8 Welcome to Nozomite Town
"Nozomitetaun he Youkoso" (ノゾミテタウンへようこそ)
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9 Mysterious Magician
"Nazo no Majutsu Shi" (謎の魔術師)
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10 Mirage Lighthouse
"Shinkirou no Toudai" (蜃気楼の燈台)
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11 Maya's Magic Watch
"Māya to Mahou no Tokei" (マーヤと魔法の時計)
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12 Crystal Prince from a Southern Land
"Minami no Kuni no Suishou Ouji" (南の国の水晶王子)
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13 Dragon of Flower Light
"Hana to Hikari no Doragon" (花と光のドラゴン)
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14 Maya the Goddess
"Megami ni Natta Māya" (女神になったマーヤ)
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15 Nostalgic Reunion
"Natsukashii Saikai" (懐かしい再会)
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16 Trapped in the Mole Tunnel
"Mogura Tonneru no Wana" (モグラトンネルの罠)
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17 Crooked Proposition
"Damasa re ta Puropoozu" (だまされたプロポーズ)
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18 Maya's Wedding
"Māya no Kekkonshiki" (マーヤの結婚式)
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19 Journey of the Three
"San nin no Tabidachi" (三人の旅立ち)
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20 Firefly Cape
"Hotaru no Misaki" (ホタルの岬)
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21 Hans and the bell Inlet
"Kagami no Irie to Hansu" (鏡の入江とハンス)
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22 Secret of the Crystal Castle
"Suishou Jou no Himitsu" (水晶城の秘密)
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23 You Awake Now Mama?
"Me ga Same ta no, Mama?" (目が覚めたの、ママ?)
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24 I Won't Let You Cross the River
"Sono Kawa ha Watara se Nai" (その河は渡らせない)
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25 Helula's Last Battle
"Herūra Saigo no Tatakai" (ヘルーラ最後の戦い)
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26 I'm Back, Mama
"Tadaima, Mama" (ただいま、ママ)
September 30, 1992 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oyayubi Hime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Oyayubi Hime releases". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  3. "Thumbelina". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  4. Clements, Jonathan; Helen McCarthy (2001-09-01). The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 (1st ed. ed.). Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press. p. 399. ISBN 1-880656-64-7. OCLC 47255331.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)

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