Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 4+
Magical, musical story is a classic fairy tale.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story will delight fans of fairies and princesses, but also includes some tension and mild peril. There are themes of kidnapping and marriage to the wrong fellow for the wrong reasons, but the happily-ever-after is solidly in place.
- Families can talk about fairy tales. Why do you like these types of stories? Is there such a thing as a fairy tale ending? What are some of your favorite fairy tales, and why?
- What would this story look like if the boy and girl roles were reversed? Can you imagine a boy being kidnapped to be a husband and then being rescued by his true love, a princess?
The good stuff
Educational value: Introduces kids to a classic fairytale story, but other than that, this movie is purely for entertainment.
Positive messages: Strong messages about believing in yourself and being happy with who you are. Don't compromise to please others when you'd hurt yourself. The idea of arranged marriage and bride kidnapping might make parents a bit uncomfortable and bring up some iffy gender messages.
Positive role models: Poor Thumbelina is taken from her mother by an ugly toad who wants to marry her, but she perseveres in the face of adversity. She follows her heart and expresses her will, though at times she seems easily swayed.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: The toad brothers bonk people on the head, and there is a sword fight between Cornelius and the toad. The story hinges on arranged marriage and bride kidnapping, which provides some tense moments throughout.
Sex: The Beetle keeps calling Thumbelina "Toots," and she constantly responds, "I am NOT your toots!" Lots of song and discussion about "true love."
Language: One of the characters calls Thumbelina "ugly" and hurts her feelings.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Members of the audience at the Beetle Ball drink cocktails.