Picks and Pans Review: Faerie Tale Theatre: Thumbelina

UPDATED 06/18/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/18/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre never goes wrong. But some shows are stranger than others. Here is the story of "a plucky little girl the size of a thumb" (Carrie Fisher), who is born in a tulip to a loving mother (Conchata Ferrell), then kidnapped by a mother frog for her bachelor son, only to be rescued by a field mouse who tries to marry her off to a mole (Burgess Meredith). "I'm always the bride, never the bridesmaid," Thumbelina moans. But she's rescued by a sparrow and meets a bee (William Katt). Fairy tales never stand up to summarizing without sounding a little silly. Here that silliness comes through in the dialogue. "I am Thumbelina, and this is Swallow, who has rescued me from marrying Mr. Mole," Carrie says. "Let's have a cup of nectar and talk about it," Katt says. Fisher is beautiful, even at three inches. The cast is charming. But there have been better productions.

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