Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 5, 1959

tom thumb (George Pal; MGM) is one of the nicest Christmas presents Hollywood ever gave the pigtail-and-popgun set. Producer George Pal has managed to mingle puppets, live actors and animated cartoons with such skill that not once can the spectator see the embarrassing seam where two sorts of cinema meet. As a piece of entertainment, the film is unusually fresh and appealing; it is kid stuff, but it will probably sell a lot of popcorn to the grownups, too.

The script, like the fairy tale, tells a tall story about a short boy (Russ...

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