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DonBluthThumbelina

JACQUIMO

If you follow your heart When you follow your heart Hello! Welcome to Paris, city of love. Who am I? I am Jacquimo, swallow extraordinaire and lover of beautiful things. You’re sure to do impossible things If you follow your heart You’re sure to fly on magical wings When you follow your heart Oh, that is very nice, n’est pas {isn’t it}? And I like what it is saying. It is saying follow your heart and nothing is impossible. You’re sure to do impossible things Ooh, I love the sound of my voice. When you follow your heart When you follow your heart I love great romances. I myself am a swallow of great passion. Livres d’l’amour {books of love}. These are stories about people with impossible problems. Samson loved Delilah, that was really impossible. Romeo and Juliet, oh impossible. But the most impossible of all the stories is impossibly small. The story of Thumbelina. Once upon a time there was a lonely woman who longed to have a child to call her own. One day she paid a visit to a good witch who gave her a tiny barleycorn. “Plant it in a flowerpot,” she said, “and see what happens.” The woman did as she told and by and by it began growing. Until at last…

[Transition to: Mother’s home.]

MOTHER

Oh, what a pretty flower.

THUMBELINA

Hello, mother.

MOTHER

I will call you Thumbelina.

JACQUIMO (v.o.)

Thumbelina. But can you imagine the troubles for a little girl no bigger than your thumb, hmm?

[Transition to: Farm.]

DUCK

Who is the girl no bigger than a bumble bee?

GOAT

Who is the angel with a funny name?

BULL

Who we don’t know where she’s from or how she came to be

DUCK, GOAT AND BULL

But happy was the day she came

CHICKENS

Thumbelina

GOAT

She’s a funny little squirt

CHICKENS

Thumbelina

BULL

Tiny angel in a skirt

CHICKENS

Thumbelina

ALL ANIMALS

Oh, she’s mending, and baking Pretending, she’s making things up

CHICKENS

Thumbelina

THUMBELINA

Who would believe the wonder of the world I see Each little minute brings a new surprise There’s only one peculiar thing that bothers me Seems I’m the only one my size

ALL ANIMALS

Thumbelina

BULL

Think of all we’ll save on meals

ALL ANIMALS

Thumbelina

HEN

Maybe if you had high heels

ALL ANIMALS

Thumbelina If you stay here forever We’ll know that we’ll never Be glum

BULL

By gum

ALL ANIMALS

Thumbelina She’s always in the thick Thumbelina

THUMBELINA

But I get out in the nick

ALL ANIMALS

Thumbelina Fortune sometimes has tricked us But this time it’s picked us

THUMBELINA

Oh, a plum’s so big And a fig’s so big And they call it a twig But a twig’s so big

ALL ANIMALS

It’s a great big world Thumbelina Thumbelina Thumbelina

THUMBELINA

That’s me!

[Cut to: Bedtime in Mother’s house.]

MOTHER

Now here’s a story about the noble dog who saved the king from the wicked wizard. Once upon a time—

THUMBELINA

Oh, mother please… Are there any stories about – about little people?

MOTHER

Well, as a matter of fact there are, Thumbelina. Look.

THUMBELINA

Whoa! They are little, just like me. But – but what are those?

MOTHER

They’re wings, Thumbelina. These are fairies. And fairies have wings so they can fly.

THUMBELINA

Mother, have you ever seen a fairy?

MOTHER

Well, I thought I did once.

THUMBELINA

Really?

MOTHER

Yes, and here the fairy prince and princess are having wedding.

THUMBELINA

And they live happily ever after.

MOTHER

Usually, dear.

THUMBELINA

Hmm. I-I suppose it works best if two people are about the same size.

MOTHER

Yes, of course.

THUMBELINA

Yes. Well… Well, that’s not fair. I – I – I must be the only little person in the whole world. I wish I were big.

MOTHER

Oh no, Thumbelina, no, don’t wish to be anything but what you are. Bedtime, my dear. It’s been a long day. You must go to sleep now. Sleep tight.

THUMBELINA

Mother?

MOTHER

Hmm-hmm?

THUMBELINA

Would you please leave the book open?

MOTHER

Of course, dear.

THUMBELINA

I want to look at the pictures while I go to sleep.

MOTHER

There.

THUMBELINA

Goodnight, mother.

MOTHER

Goodnight, Thumbelina. You take good care of her, Hero.

THUMBELINA

Hmm. I know there’s someone Somewhere, someone Who’s sure to find me Soon After the rain goes There are rainbows I’ll find my rainbow Soon Soon it won’t be just pretend Soon a happy ending Love, can you hear me If you’re near me Sing your song Sure and strong And soon I wonder if there really are such things as fairies. Hmm.

[Transition to: The outside.]

QUEEN TABITHA

Oh my dear. Don’t look now, dear husband, but our son is missing again.

KING COLBERT

So he is. I think he feels a bit silly riding that white butterfly we gave him.

QUEEN TABITHA

Why should he feel silly?

KING COLBERT

It-it-it doesn’t quite make the right impression on the young ladies?

QUEEN TABITHA

Well, what about the impression on the court? Colbert, my love, it is the autumn today and we have begun the golding of the leaves. He should be here.

KING COLBERT

Tabitha—

QUEEN TABITHA

He’ll hurt himself. I just hope he’s not out buzzing the vales on that wretched bumble bee. He is the crown prince, for heaven’s sake.

KING COLBERT

Tabitha, dear, have you forgotten what it’s like to be sixteen?

[Pan to: Cornelius arriving at Thumbelina’s window.]

CORNELIUS

Whoa – oh. Hello. What a beautiful voice. I wonder who she is. Stay here boy, I’ll check this out.

THUMBELINA

[Hums Soon.] Oh, you have to go now? Ah, I see. You are a wonderful dancer. Will I ever see you again?

CORNELIUS

May I cut in?

THUMBELINA

Oh!

CORNELIUS

Don’t, no, wait-wait, come back! Oh, I – I apologise, I didn’t mean to frighten you. Oh. There, see? No more sword. Now, will you come out? Ah. What… Wait a minute. What are you staring at? Well, say something, will you?

THUMBELINA

You’re… Oh! You’re one of them!

CORNELIUS

Uh, I beg your pardon?

THUMBELINA

I thought I was the only one my size in the whole world.

HERO

[Snarls.]

THUMBELINA

Hero, no, no… No no no, he’s a friend. Look. Hello, my name is Thumbelina, how do you do, sir? Uh – thank you, thank you for coming to visit.

CORNELIUS

Oh oh oh – no trouble at all, the pleasure is mine.

THUMBELINA

Oooh, sorry about that.

CORNELIUS

Thumbelina, oh it’s a lovely name.

THUMBELINA

Thank you.

CORNELIUS

I’m Cornelius.

THUMBELINA

Cornelius. Well, that’s a funny name. Oh, I – I mean it’s perfect. Uh, tell me about the fairy court. Is there a prince?

CORNELIUS

Yes…?

THUMBELINA

He must terribly handsome.

CORNELIUS

Oh, he is.

THUMBELINA

Strong and brave.

CORNELIUS

None like him.

THUMBELINA

I would love to meet the prince.

CORNELIUS

Oh, I’ll tell him.

THUMBELINA

Oh-oh thank you.

CORNELIUS

Oh… You’re welcome.

BUZZBY

[Buzzes.]

THUMBELINA

What was that?

CORNELIUS

Oh, that’s Buzzby, my bumble. See, I left him on the sill. He doesn’t like staying in one place too long.

THUMBELINA

Why didn’t you say something? Come on! Oh my! Why he… he’s amazing!

CORNELIUS

Hey, hey would you like to go for a spin? Come on, let’s go.

THUMBELINA

Oh, I wish I had wings.

CORNELIUS

Maybe someday you will. Hold on tight. Whoa!

CORNELIUS

Let me be your wings Let me be your only love Let me take you far beyond the stars Let me be your wings Let me lift you high above Everything we’re dreaming of will soon be ours Anything that you desire Anything at all Every day I’ll take you higher And I’ll never let you fall Let me be your wings Leave behind the world you know For another world of wondrous things We’ll see the universe And dance on Saturn’s rings Fly with me And I will be your wings

GNATTY

She’s gonna marry the fairy prince, huh, mama?

JITTERBUG MOM

Well, perhaps.

CORNELIUS

Anything that you desire Anything at all

THUMBELINA

Anything at all

CORNELIUS

Every day I’ll take you higher And I’ll never let you fall

THUMBELINA

You will be my wings

CORNELIUS

Let me be your wings

THUMBELINA

You will be my only love

CORNELIUS

Get ready for another world of wondrous things

THUMBELINA

Wondrous things are sure to happen

CORNELIUS & THUMBELINA

We’ll see the universe And dance on Saturn’s rings

CORNELIUS

Heaven isn’t too far

THUMBELINA

Heaven is where you are

CORNELIUS & THUMBELINA

Stay with me and

CORNELIUS

Let me be your

THUMBELINA

You will be my

CORNELIUS & THUMBELINA

Wings

MRS. TOAD

This voice is fantastica!

GRUNDEL

Mama, I love her.

[Cut to: Thumbelina’s windowsill.]

CORNELIUS

Oh, Thumbelina… Oh, wow. Something – I don’t know, something happened to me tonight. Something I never want to forget.

THUMBELINA

Me too. Do not forget me.

CORNELIUS

Forget-me-nots! Oh, I’ll never forget you.

THUMBELINA

Never never.

QUEEN TABITHA (off-screen)

Cornelius!

CORNELIUS

Oh, mother. Mother?!

QUEEN TABITHA (off-screen)

Cornelius, come now!

THUMBELINA

Cor, who are those people?

CORNELIUS

Sh-sh-sh! There’s no time to explain. That’s the queen of the fairies, my mother.

THUMBELINA

Your mother?

CORNELIUS

Yeah. Look I must go now, but can I see you tomorrow?

THUMBELINA

But – your mother? Then you’re the – you are-are the – tomorrow?

CORNELIUS

Yes, tomorrow. Yes, I’m the prince.

THUMBELINA

The prince.

CORNELIUS

Yeah. Look, will you meet my parents?

QUEEN TABITHA (off-screen)

Cornelius!

CORNELIUS

Oh, say you will!

THUMBELINA

I – I will.

CORNELIUS

You will?

THUMBELINA

I will. I will, Prince Cornelius. Yes!

QUEEN TABITHA (off-screen)

Cornelius!

KING COLBERT (off-screen)

Cornelius!

CORNELIUS

I gotta go.

THUMBELINA

Will they like me?

CORNELIUS

Sh-sh! Get down. Yes, yes, they’ll love you. But uh, let me talk to them first. Tonight. And then I’ll be back for you in the morning.

THUMBELINA

Oh, then you can meet my mother.

CORNELIUS

Great! But well… wait here.

THUMBELINA

And then… We’ll live happily ever after.

CORNELIUS

Oh, much longer.

KING COLBERT (off-screen)

Cornelius!

CORNELIUS

Ooh, goodbye!

THUMBELINA

Oh, you won’t forget to come back, will you?

CORNELIUS

I promise. Whoa!

THUMBELINA

Oh… Cornelius. Hmm.

[Cut to: Thumbelina’s room, later that night.]

MRS. TOAD

Hmm. Gotcha!

THUMBELINA

What? Hey, help! Help, Hero! Let me out of here! Oh, Hero. Hero, help! Help me!

MRS. TOAD

A dog! Aiy, get away form me!

[Cut to: Thumbelina’s room, morning.]

MOTHER

[Sobs.]

CORNELIUS

Thumbelina, oh-ooh! Thumbelina, Thumbelina! Oops, got it. Thumbelina, it’s me! Where are you? Oh, what…? Where is she? What? What happened? She was stolen away? What – out the window? Who did it? A toad? Good dog. I’ll find her. No, no, Hero. Look, you stay here and take care of Thumbelina’s mother. Let her know everything will be all right.

[Cut to: The Los Sapos Guapos boat.]

MRS. TOAD

Buenos dias. {Good morning.} I hope you sleep very very good.

THUMBELINA

Huh? Who-who are you?

MRS. TOAD

We are the happy family Singers de Espana. These are my sons Mozo, Gringo and Grundel. We are very rich and famous.

THUMBELINA

Rich and famous? Oh.

MRS. TOAD

Si si, mucho. I bring you here to become famous singer like me.

THUMBELINA

Oh, goodbye, my mother will be very worried.

MRS. TOAD

Mama no worry. Mama proud. When you are a star, she make big fiesta and invite all the neighbours to come and see her little niña who have become big big big very big.

THUMBELINA

Big? Oh… you mean… big?

MRS. TOAD

I mean important. And loved by everyone.

THUMBELINA

But uh, Cornelius loves me already. I think I’m gonna marry him.

MRS. TOAD

Marry him? Aiy-chiwawa that will be a very big mistake. It will get in the way of your career in show business, while doing all the time those things domésticos.

THUMBELINA

What things?

MRS. TOAD

The scrubbings and the washings And the noses and the drippings And the sopas always boiling

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Si si.

MRS. TOAD

The panes and the windows falling With the diaper changing And the roof she’s leaking And the enchiladas spoiling

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Ooooh.

MRS. TOAD

Do you know how to do these things? Like you will have to do these things Or does the very thought of it makes you wince?

MOZO, GRINGO, GRUNDEL & THUMBELINA

Uhh.

MRS. TOAD

I thought so Then don’t marry the prince

THUMBELINA

Oh dear.

MRS. TOAD

You see, hey. You become big a star like me. We make big moneys together. You make mama rich. You’re important person. You’re famous. You are a star.

THUMBELINA

A star? Well, I suppose.

MRS. TOAD

Now repeat after me. We are the Singers de Espana the original cast And there hasn’t been a town we haven’t played

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

We are the Singers de Espana and we sing very fast We get on, we get off, we get paid

MRS. TOAD

Sing!

THUMBELINA

Could you say that a little slower?

MRS. TOAD

Slower? We don’t do ballads.

THUMBELINA

Oh, then maybe I could take notes.

MRS. TOAD

We are very independent and we go everywhere And we gotcha gotcha gochee all the way We’re gonna teach you how to samba and to ramba y la bamba And every number Thumbelina, say ole!

MRS. TOAD, MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Come on the road, my little castanet Come on the road, and famous you will get

MRS. TOAD

I’ll make you star, get you small guitar You’ll be hot muchacha once I gotcha on the road

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Thumbelinacita No one could be sweeter Sing with mamacita We go on the road

MRS. TOAD

Ay yi yi yi yi! Ay, que pero bien bailan mis ranitos la conga! Now we sing. We open Monday in Medina then we do Babylon Then we hop to Barcelona for a week Then for a month in Athens at the Parthenon Where they love us ‘cause we do the show in Greek

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

We are the finest in the business, it’s a well-known fact And you’ll forgive us if we have to blow the horn

MRS. TOAD

Because this isn’t any ordinary animal act And today a star is born

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Go on the road You’ll hear the peoples roar You’re not a toad

MRS. TOAD

But that’s what make-up’s for

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Just sing on pitch We get very rich Wait until they see the Thumbelina

MRS. TOAD

On the road

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Singing Thumbelina Dancing Thumbelina Something, Thumbelina

MRS. TOAD

Now I make her sing

THUMBELINA

Aaaaaahhh…!

MRS. TOAD

Bueno, muy bueno! You got it.

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Come on the road We make you big success Come on the road

MRS. TOAD

You’re in the union, yes?

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

The life, she’s sweet

MRS. TOAD

Yes!

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

Lots of flies to eat

MRS. TOAD

Yum, yum.

MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

So why be little fish in little pond When you can go so far beyond

MRS. TOAD

I think perhaps we make you blonde

MRS. TOAD, MOZO, GRINGO & GRUNDEL

When we get on the road

THUMBELINA

On the road

ALL

Let’s hit the road Ole!

GRUNDEL

Mama, you give her to me. I marry her.

MRS. TOAD

Very well. You can marry la niña. We can keep the money she earns in the family.

THUMBELINA

Oh thank you, Mrs. Toad, thank you. They really like me. Am I star?

MRS. TOAD

Yes, and you can call me Mama.

THUMBELINA

Mama?

MRS. TOAD

You’re going to marry my son, Grundel.

THUMBELINA

I’m what?

GRUNDEL

I love Thumbelina.

MRS. TOAD

You wait right here. Thumbelina, chiquitita, we’ll be right back with the padre.

THUMBELINA

Oh, no no no, I love Cornelius.

MRS. TOAD

Today you marry my son.

THUMBELINA

Oh, no, no no, no I’m not marrying – no come back here – no wait, no wait a second! Where are you going? Doesn’t anybody care what I think? Oh! Help!

JACQUIMO

Help? Who is saying help?

THUMBELINA

Mister Bird, over here!

JACQUIMO

Oh! Oh, little one. Are you having a bad day?

THUMBELINA

Oh, I was… I was sleeping on the windowsill waiting for Prince Cornelius to come back and he said he would come before morning because he loves me—

JACQUIMO

He loves you?

THUMBELINA

Yes.

JACQUIMO

Congratulations!

THUMBELINA

Thanks! But well… But I was stolen by Mrs. Toad who says I have to marry her son and I just—

JACQUIMO

Toad? Ptui toad! That is a very bad thing mademoiselle… Uh, mademoiselle…?

THUMBELINA

Ah, Thumbelina.

JACQUIMO

Thumbelina, I am Jacquimo. How can I be of service to you?

THUMBELINA

Well, I must get off this lily-pad but that’s impossible.

JACQUIMO

Nothing is impossible. Voila!

THUMBELINA

Oh, my… That was easy! Now if I can just reach the shore before those awful toads come back.

JACQUIMO

Ah, the shore. You mean if you can reach the shore before you go over the waterfall?

THUMBELINA

What waterfall?

JACQUIMO

That one!

THUMBELINA

Is it bad?

JACQUIMO

Ah! I am slipping!

THUMBELINA

Don’t let go!

JACQUIMO

Can you swim?

THUMBELINA

No, I can’t swim! I can’t even float! Help! Help, please! Somebody help! Help!

JACQUIMO

Help! Help!

THUMBELINA

Somebody, help!

JACQUIMO

Help!

THUMBELINA

Help!

JACQUIMO

Jitterbugs, help!

THUMBELINA

Help!

JACQUIMO

Oh-ho… Pull, mes amis, pull! That is it. Higher, higher! Oh.

JITTERBUG 1

What is it?

JITTERBUG 2

Yeah, who is it?

GNATTY

Look mama, she’s waking up.

JACQUIMO

Aww, are you feeling better, little one?

THUMBELINA

Yes, I think so. But who are you?

JACQUIMO

Thumbelina, these are the jitterbugs.

THUMBELINA

The jitterbugs. Oh, how do you do?

GNATTY

Are you really gonna marry the fairy prince?

THUMBELINA

[Giggles.] If he asks me. He will call for me at my house. Well, that’s why I want to go home. Besides, mother will be terribly worried. Oh if only I could find my way home.

GNATTY

Aww, we’ll help you Thumbelina.

BABY BUG

Yeah, nobody’ll hurt you, Thumbelina.

JITTERBUG 2

Yeah.

JITTERBUG 3

Not with us on the job, right?

JITTERBUG 2

Right.

THUMBELINA

Oh, you are all very brave and thank you, but I’m afraid I’ll never see my home again.

JACQUIMO

Oh… Do you love the prince?

THUMBELINA

Yes.

JACQUIMO

Well, then follow your heart. It will lead you home. Now where does the prince live?

THUMBELINA

Oh oh, he-he lives in the, um, the Vale of the Fairies. Oh, but I don’t know where that is either.

JACQUIMO

Do not worry. I, Jacquimo, will find it and bring him home to you.

THUMBELINA

It’s impossible.

JACQUIMO

Impossible? Nothing is impossible. You’re sure to do impossible things If you follow your heart, haha Your dreams will fly on magical wings When you follow your heart If you have to journey far Here’s a little trick You don’t need a guiding star Trust your ticker, get there quicker You’re sure to do impossible things If you follow your heart

CAN-CAN BIRDS

You’re sure to do impossible things If you follow your heart Your dreams will fly on magical wings

JACQUIMO

Sing, my little chickadees!

CAN-CAN BIRDS

When you follow your heart

JACQUIMO

North or south or east or west Where to point your shoes? Which direction is the best If the choosing get confusing Maybe it’s the map you’re using You don’t need a chart to guide you Close your eyes and look inside you A-ha!

JACQUIMO & CAN-CAN BIRDS

You’re sure to do impossible things If you know where to start Your dreams will fly on magical wings When you follow

JACQUIMO

Just trust the swallow

JACQUIMO & CAN-CAN BIRDS

And always follow your heart

JACQUIMO

Bon voyage, Thumbelina! Never fear, I will find the prince.

THUMBELINA

Goodbye! Oh, he’s wonderful. And I’m going home.

[Cut to: The Vale of the Fairies.]

QUEEN TABITHA

Oh, Cornelius my sunshine. First you buzzed in here the other day on that wretched thing and announced in front of the entire court that you’d found the girl of your dreams. And now you’ve come back to say that she’s vanished?

CORNELIUS

Kidnapped, mother, she’s been kidnapped!

QUEEN TABITHA

You’re joking!

KING COLBERT

Tabitha.

CORNELIUS

Look father, please delay the winter frost for as long as you can. I need time to find Thumbelina.

QUEEN TABITHA

Cornelius!

CORNELIUS

Don’t worry mother, I’ll be back!

KING AND QUEEN

Cornelius!

CORNELIUS

I’ll find her!

QUEEN TABITHA

Oh my poor boy. Colbert my love, we can’t delay the frost for more than a day.

[Cut to: The Singers de Espana boat.]

GRINGO

Hey, bro?

GRUNDEL

Go away.

GRINGO

Pond talk say Thumbelina gave you the slip and is gonna marry a fairy prince.

GRUNDEL

What fairy prince?

GRINGO

Oh hoho, you not be able to show your ugly face on the stage no more.

MOZO

Everybody laugh at you.

GRUNDEL

Nobody laugh. I said, nobody laugh. I go get Thumbelina and bring her back. I marry her!

[Cut to: Thumbelina and the Jitterbug kids travelling.]

THUMBELINA

[Hums Follow Your Heart.]

L’IL BEE

Look out!

MR. BEETLE

Ah! Hiya toots! Beetle’s my name and razzmatazz is my game. How d’you do, how’re you feeling, everything okay?

THUMBELINA

I’m not your toots. Where did you come from?

MR. BEETLE

Where? Up there! I’m a connoisseur of sweet nectars, a designer of rare threads and a judge of beautiful women. And you are beautiful miss, um…

THUMBELINA

Uh… Thumbelina, and I’m going home.

MR. BEETLE

What’s your hurry, toots? Relax, take a load off.

THUMBELINA

Ugh, I wish you wouldn’t do that.

MR. BEETLE

Perhaps you’d prefer this?

THUMBELINA

Oh, Mr. Beetle! I don’t even know you. Would you stop?

MR. BEETLE

Stop? How can I stop? I’m crazy about you, toots. You’re gorgeous. Oh. You’re exciting. Ooh, delicious.

THUMBELINA

I am?

MR. BEETLE

And I love the sound of your voice.

THUMBELINA

My voice?

MR. BEETLE

Don’t talk. Sing. Sing to me.

THUMBELINA

I have an idea Can you fly me up there?

MR. BEETLE

Um, why should I, toots?

THUMBELINA

Well, from the treetops I could see my house. Then I’d know if I’m travelling in the right direction to get home.

MR. BEETLE

Ah gee, I don’t know. That would be a big big oh very big favour.

THUMBELINA

I’ll sing I’ll sing for you

MR. BEETLE

No, no. You’ll sing at the Beetle Ball. And dance.

THUMBELINA

Whoa!

MR. BEETLE

We are gonna be the talk of the town, toots.

THUMBELINA

I’m not your toots! And I don’t even look like a beetle.

LI’L BEE

C’mon, let’s get help.

[Cut to: The Beetle Ball.]

BEETLE BALL MC

Ladies and gentlebugs, Berkley Beetle proudly presents Thumbelina!

MR. BEETLE

Baby it’s the beetle ball And bugs are crawling to get in When they hear that beetle beat Those beetles feet’ll start to swing And now a cheer For you my dear Yer beautiful, baby

BEETLE CHORUS

Oh my little butterfly You flutterby in each romance Every chance to dance with you Puts the ants back in my pants Let’s cut a rug My ladybug Yer beautiful, baby

MR. BEETLE

I get a flash when I have you on my wing You tie my antennae in a knot Now the room’s reeling And I’m feeling So hot hot hot hot hot hot hot hot Hot to trot Let’s dance, baby

BEETLE 1

Isn’t she beautiful?

BEETLE 2

Just adorable, darling.

BEETLE 3

What a piece of work.

BEETLE 4

A real looker.

MR. BEETLE

Okay toots, let’s wing it.

THUMBELINA

I – I can’t wing it, I don’t have any wings! I’m getting dizzy…

BEETLE CHORUS

Eww. Hahahahahaha Hehehehe hohohoho She’s-she’s-she’s-she’s so so so so Hey, that bug is a dog

BEETLE 5

My my!

BEETLE 6

Unattractive!

BEETLE 2

The word, my dear, is ugly.

BEETLE 3

She’s so ugly she’s hurting my feelers.

BEETLE 4

I hope it ain’t catching. Disgraceful.

BEETLE CHORUS

Would you look at that She ain’t got no wings Good gracious me Where are those things? She ain’t got no feelers

BEETLE AUDIENCE

No feelers?

BEETLE CHORUS

She ain’t got not shell

BEETLE AUDIENCE

Do tell

BEETLE CHORUS

She’s got scrawny legs And knobbly knees For all we know That girl’s got fleas She can’t even fly No, that won’t do So say goodbye She’s not for you

MR. BEETLE

I’m sorry toots, I guess you’re too…

MR. BEETLE & BEETLE CHORUS

Ugly!

MR. BEETLE

Don’t worry, you’ll get over me.

THUMBELINA

I’m ugly?

[Cut to: The outside.]

GNATTY

Hey, wait for me!

LI’L BEE

Hurry, Thumbelina needs help.

GRUNDEL

Do I hear one of you say Thumbelina needs help?

BABY BUG

Yes. The beetle took her and flew way up there.

LI’L BEE

Be quiet.

GRUNDEL

Umm. The beetle? I want her back!

LI’L BEE

Come on, let’s go. You big ugly wartface!

GRUNDEL

Now we see about this beetle.

[Cut to: A tree branch.]

JACQUIMO

Why… What is the matter, Thumbelina?

THUMBELINA

I’m cold. I’m lost. And I’m hungry. And the beetle says I’m ugly.

JACQUIMO

The beetle? You love the beetle?

THUMBELINA

No…

JACQUIMO

Then never mind the beetle. Good riddance to the beetle. And good riddance to the toad. Does Prince Cornelius think you’re ugly?

THUMBELINA

No. He think I’m beautiful.

JACQUIMO

And so you are, mon amie. Look.

THUMBELINA

I’m going home. Jacquimo.

JACQUIMO

Hmm?

THUMBELINA

Will you find the Vale of Fairies?

JACQUIMO

I promise. I promise. But now we must sleep. Bonne nuit, bonne nuit, {goodnight, goodnight} Thumbelina.

THUMBELINA

Thank you, Jacquimo. Thank you.

JACQUIMO

Tomorrow is a new day. And I will go to the forest and see if I can find your Prince Cornelius.

[Cut to: Morning, in the woods.]

JACQUIMO

Bonjour! A nice sunny day?

RABBIT

It’s sunny all right, but I’m not sure about the nice.

JACQUIMO

I am looking for the Vale of the Fairies.

RABBIT

Fairies, huh? Beats the heck out of me. Why don’t you ask a fairy?

JACQUIMO

Oh, you know one?

RABBIT

No, but he might.

JACQUIMO

Oh! Ha, merci. Excusez-moi monsieur, I am looking for the Vale of the—

FOX

Am-scray!

JACQUIMO

I can see at this moment that you are a very busy fox, so I will be brief.

FOX

Buzz off, buster!

JACQUIMO

Now look, look what I do. I have a thorn in my wing. This is bad, very bad. Oh mon dieu, I hope I still can fly. Ah I fly, oh I fly, merci. It only stings a little. Now, where was I? Autumn. It is autumn. Oh, I must hurry to find the fairy prince. Winter is almost here.

[Cut to: Cornelius flying on Buzzby.]

CORNELIUS

Thumbelina! Oh, ah! Thumbelina, where are you? Oh. Whoa. I’m looking for a beautiful young woman, her name is Thumbelina.

GNATTY

Are you the fairy prince?

CORNELIUS

I am.

BABY BUG

Thumbelina’s gone.

CORNELIUS

Gone? Where? Where did she go?

GNATTY

The beetle took her away.

JITTERBUG LADY

They’re out there. Somewhere.

CORNELIUS

She-she’s out there? In that?

GNATTY

There’s a big toad after her too.

CORNELIUS

Oh no. I’ve got to find her. Winter’s almost here. Hurry Buzz, my father can’t hold back the frost much longer.

[Cut to: Grundel and Mr. Beetle.]

MR. BEETLE

Okay, okay! Can I explain something?

GRUNDEL

What?

MR. BEETLE

Look, I don’t know where she is. We didn’t hit it off too good. So I, uh, I let her go. She’s not my type, she’s an ugly type, I don’t like ugly.

GRUNDEL

She is beautiful!

MR. BEETLE

Whatever you say. Look, I got an idea, I hear that she loves the fairy prince, right?

GRUNDEL

I crush fairy prince!

MR. BEETLE

Okay, okay shut up and listen. Why don’t you just nab this prince and you set up a trap for the girl, using him as the bait? You know, get her to come to you?

GRUNDEL

Nab the prince?

MR. BEETLE

And set up a trap.

GRUNDEL

Nab the prince.

MR. BEETLE

Yes, nab the prince and set up a trap. Do you speak English? Try to keep up, Grundel, okay?

GRUNDEL

Don’t shout!

MR. BEETLE

You’re making me very nervous here.

GRUNDEL

You go capture prince.

MR. BEETLE

My wings! You took my wings, you can’t do that!

GRUNDEL

Yeah? I keep wings until you nab prince.

MR. BEETLE

Listen pal, this harassment has gone far enough and I know my rights! I’ll report you to the pond patrol. Okay, okay, cool it, cool it. Where’s your sense of humour? All right, I’ll nab the prince. Come on guys. Mind the wings, I’ll be back.

[Cut to: Jacquimo exploring a cave.]

JACQUIMO

Excusez-moi monsieur bear? I am looking for the Vale of the Fairies.

BEAR

I don’t want no berries.

JACQUIMO

No no no, fairies! Not berries! Wake up you fat lummox! I said wake up! Oh. I am having a very bad day. Mon dieu, it is so cold. Winter! Winter is here. Oh-ho! Oh this thorn… Oh, it hurts to fly.

[Cut to: Cornelius flying on Buzzby.]

CORNELIUS

Don’t worry Buzz, we’re going to make it. Thumbelina! Whoa! Ah!

[Cut to: Mr. Beetle walking past the pond.]

MR. BEETLE

See now, now he takes my wings away, now I have to walk to find the prince. See, if he let me keep my wings, I could fly after the prince and bring him back in two seconds.

CHORUS BEETLE

Hey beetle, this guy’s the prince!

MR. BEETLE

The prince? Ah, the prince! Somebody up there loves me! The prince! Okay, you pick him up. Let’s get out of this stinking weather before we’re statistics. I can’t even feel anything in my feelers anymore. A guy with my brain, I gotta talk to a toad. What kinda – what kinda conversation can you have with a toad? What? They’re toads! They’re green, they’re toads.

[Pan to: Thumbelina walking away from the pond.]

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo was wrong. I will never find my way home. It’s impossible. Oh mother, where can you be?

[Cut to: Mother’s house.]

MOTHER

I know there’s someone Somewhere, someone Who’s sure to find her soon After the rain goes There are rainbows She’ll find her rainbow soon Soon my breaking heart will mend Soon a happy ending Troubles behind her I will find her Homeward bound Safe and sound And soon

[Cut to: Ms. Fieldmouse’s home.]

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Feeling better, my dear?

THUMBELINA

Huh. Where-where am I?

MS. FIELDMOUSE

In my kitchen, I’m Ms. Fieldmouse, and we’re snug and safe underground.

THUMBELINA

I’m –I’m underground?

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Yes, dearie, three feet under. I dug it myself with my own two hands. Here, drink this.

THUMBELINA

At least that toad won’t find me down here.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

You know, there’s something I don’t understand. Did you really think that you could survive the winter in that old shoe? Honestly!

THUMBELINA

I want to go home.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Well, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait here ‘til spring, Thumbelina.

THUMBELINA

You know my name!

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Oh, that was easy. I know much more, like you were engaged to the fairy prince. Cornelius, I believe.

THUMBELINA

Well, almost.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Oh, that is so sad.

THUMBELINA

What?

MS. FIELDMOUSE

That he was found stone-cold frozen dead, in the snow.

THUMBELINA

Oh!

MS. FIELDMOUSE

But of course you knew that.

THUMBELINA

No. Cornelius, no!

MS. FIELDMOUSE

That is so sad.

THUMBELINA

No, it’s not true!

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Aww, Thumbelina, forgive me. Sometimes I just blurt things out without thinking. You’re still young, though, there’ll be another.

THUMBELINA

He was perfect.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Nobody’s perfect.

THUMBELINA

Cornelius was the only one—

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Now put this on. We’ll take these corn cakes to Mr. Mole. He lives just down the tunnel.

THUMBELINA

I’d rather not.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Oh. I saved your life this very day and you’d rather not?

THUMBELINA

Very well.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Oh, one more thing. Is it true that you have a beautiful voice?

THUMBELINA

I don’t feel much like singing.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Oh, you must sing for Mr. Mole. He loves sweet things. Come on. Mr. Mole loves his corn cakes.

THUMBELINA

Cornelius was looking for me. That’s what must have happened.

[Cut to: Mr. Mole’s place.]

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Good afternoon Mr. Mole.

MR. MOLE

Oh, yes. Ms. Fieldmouse. Good afternoon. Lovely day.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

I want you to meet a new friend of mine, Thumbelina. She just came down from up there.

MR. MOLE

Up there?

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Up there.

MR. MOLE

Terrible place. Hmm. How do you do, Miss Thumbelina. Pleased to make your acquaintance.

THUMBELINA

Uh, h-how do you do, Mr. Mole.

MR. MOLE

Come in, come in. But don’t touch anything. These are my things.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

We brought some corn cakes for you. Just you try one, Mr. Mole.

MR. MOLE

Ooh ooh. Mmm. Very nice. Well, tell us about up there. I went up once, nearly blinded me. Hurried back down where it’s dark and decent.

THUMBELINA

Oh, uh but… Uh. I love the light.

MR. MOLE

I hate it. End of story.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Story. Thumbelina, tell Mr. Mole a story. A lovely sad story.

THUMBELINA

Well, uh…

MR. MOLE

Stand right there, where I can see you.

THUMBELINA

Okay. Um.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Oh, I love love stories, don’t you?

THUMBELINA

Once upon a time there was, uh, the sun.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Sing it, Thumbelina, sing.

MR. MOLE

She sings?

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Shh.

THUMBELINA

Oh, um. Once there was the sun Bright and warm and wonderful Shining like the love within my heart Now there’s no more sun Winter has killed everything And although it’s dark December Forever I’ll remember sun Winter has killed everything. Even the sun.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Wonderful story.

MR. MOLE

Dreadful thing, the sun. And now I have a story to tell you. Just this monrning as I was out for my early morning stroll I stumbled across the most extraordinary thing in my tunnel. A dead bird.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

No!

MR. MOLE

Yes. How do you suppose a dead bird got into my tunnel? Ah, well, I’m certainly glad I’m not a bird. Bothering the world with endless twittering twittering twittering… My, yes. Ah, there it is.

THUMBELINA

Oh!

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Whatever do you suppose happened to him?

MR. MOLE

Well, there’s one less bird to twitter twitter twitter up there.

THUMBELINA

Oh, Jacquimo, Jacquimo. My dear dear friend.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Tender little thing.

MR. MOLE

Yes, quite lovely. Ms. Fieldmouse, could I have a word with you?

MS. FIELDMOUSE

I wish you would.

MR. MOLE

Ms. Fieldmouse, you know I have been meaning to take a wife for some time now.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

What a lovely idea.

MR. MOLE

I find myself sometimes, you know, lonely for companionship.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

What could be more natural?

MR. MOLE

And I wonder if…

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Yes…?

MR. MOLE

If I could ask you to help me persuade Miss Thumbelina to-to-to-to be-be my wife.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Thumbelina?

MR. MOLE

She would keep me company and tell me stories, don’t you think?

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Yes.

MR. MOLE

And for your service in helping arrange this match, I will reward you handsomely.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Oh, I will! I will!

MR. MOLE

Dear Ms. Fieldmouse...

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Leave the arrangements to me. Thumbelina?

THUMBELINA

I – I hear your heart! You’re not dead, no! Jacquimo… Jacquimo. I’ll come back tonight.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Thumbelina?

[Cut to: The outside.]

MR. BEETLE

One ice-cold prince coming up. Where do you want him?

GRUNDEL

There. He looks dead.

MR. BEETLE

Dead, dead schmead, what difference does it make?

GRUNDEL

You killed him!

MR. BEETLE

Okay okay okay, have it your way. I killed him. There, you satisfied? Huh, huh? Forget the prince, all right. I, uh, what if I were to tell you I know exactly where Thumbelina is right now? Huh? What if I was to tell you that? Would you give me my wings?

GRUNDEL

I’m glad you killed prince. It’s a deal.

MR. BEETLE

Good. My sources tell me she’s buried alive with the mole.

GRUNDEL

Mole? What mole?

MR. BEETLE

If I were you, I’d get my tail over there and save her. Go, get hopping. Oh, and give me my wings, would you please? My wings.

GRUNDEL

Where does mole live? I go kick down his door.

MR. BEETLE

Ooh ooh oh, stop stop! Let go of my arm! What’s going on, where are we going?

GRUNDEL

We go rescue Thumbelina from the mole.

MR. BEETLE

Mole? Are you out of your mind? I’m not going down there. Do you know what that guy does to beetles? Do you have any idea what he does? He stuffs them. He stuffs them and he pins them on his walls.

GRUNDEL

Quiet!

MR. BEETLE

Look, why don’t you just go home and marry a toad? You ever think about that? You find yourself a pretty toad with warts and you marry her.

GRUNDEL

Quiet!

MR. BEETLE

Toads, toads. I gotta be stuck with toads.

BABY BUG

They’ve got the fairy prince. We’ve got to help him.

LI’L BEE

Come on guys, let’s build a fire.

[Cut to: Ms. Fieldmouse’s home.]

MS. FIELDMOUSE

All the same, we’ll make it a thrilling wedding. Why it’s a wonderful match! Mr. Mole is the richest rodent for miles around. Educated, well-dressed, highly thought of, never mind that he can’t see. That’s all the better.

THUMBELINA

How can I possibly marry Mr. Mole? I don’t love him.

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Love? Love is what we read about in books, my dear. ‘Here comes the bride’ is a lovely little ditty But marrying for love is a foolish thing to do ‘Cause love won’t pay the mortgage Or put porridge in your bowl Dearie, marry the Mole True, it’s a fact that he’s not exactly witty He’s blinder than a bat But at least his eyes are blue His breath may be alarming But he’s charming, for a troll Dearie, marry the Mole Romeo and Juliet Were very much in love when they were wed They honoured every vow So where are they now? They’re dead Dead, very very dead Poor Thumbelina, your brain so itty bitty I hate to seem a pest But I know what’s best for you Just think of all the ways that you could decorate a hole Take my advice, I’ll bring the rice Dearie, marry the Mole Marry the Mole Marry that Mole M is for Money

THUMBELINA

Oh

MS. FIELDMOUSE

L-E!

[Cut to: The tunnels.]

THUMBELINA

Please be warm, dear friend. Please live. Poor little swallow. I’m sorry for all the trouble I’ve caused you. I know now… There’s no place in this big world for little people. We… We cannot do impossible things. Perhaps I should marry the Mole. He could take care of me. He could. Hmph. I will. I will marry the Mole.

JACQUIMO

You are joking.

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo?

JACQUIMO

Marry the prince.

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo, you’re awake. Oh, Jacquimo.

JACQUIMO

Ow, ow!

THUMBELINA

Oh, oh, I’m sorry.

JACQUIMO

I have a thorn in my wing.

THUMBELINA

A thorn? Well, let me see. Oh, my goodness. Hold still. Ah. There.

JACQUIMO

Oh, now it will get better.

THUMBELINA

Don’t get up!

JACQUIMO

No, no, I go to find the Vale of the Fairies and the prince.

THUMBELINA

You silly bird, don’t you understand?

JACQUIMO

Get on my back, get on my back. I will take you to the green forest.

THUMBELINA

Be realistic. Cornelius is gone.

JACQUIMO

I – I will find him. Remember—

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo, don’t.

JACQUIMO

You’re sure to do impossible things…

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo. Stop! Stop it, Jacquimo!

JACQUIMO

…If you follow your heart. Bon voyage, mon amie.

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo!

JACQUIMO

Bon voyage!

THUMBELINA

No. Jacquimo. Oh, Jacquimo, stop torturing me. Cornelius is dead.

[Cut to: The outside.]

LI’L BEE

[Groans.] There.

GNATTY

Does he know Mr. Mole’s gonna marry Thumbelina?

LI’L BEE

We’ll find out when the ice melts. Then we’ll tell him. Wow! Look, he’s waking up.

[Cut to: Mr. Mole’s wedding..]

CORNELIUS (flashback)

Let me be your wings Let me be your only love Let me take you far beyond the stars

PRIEST

Uh, Mr. Mole. Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?

CORNELIUS (flashback)

Let me be your wings Let me lift you high above Everything we’re dreaming of Will soon be ours

MR. MOLE

I do.

CORNELIUS (flashback)

Anything that you desire Anything at all

PRIEST

And Thumbelina, do you take this Mole to be your lawful wedded husband?

THUMBELINA (flashback)

Do not forget me.

CORNELIUS (flashback)

Oh, forget-me-knots. Oh, I’ll never forget you. Never.

THUMBELINA (flashback)

Never never.

PRIEST

Speak up.

THUMBELINA

Never.

PRIEST

What?

THUMBELINA

Never!

PRIEST

I beg your pardon?

THUMBELINA

I cannot marry Mr. Mole. I don’t love him!

MS. FIELDMOUSE

Thumbelina!

GRUNDEL

Argh!

THUMBELINA

You!

GRUNDEL

I marry her!

THUMBELINA

No, I no marry you! I go home!

GRUNDEL

No!

THUMBELINA

Go away!

MR. MOLE

After her!

MR. BEETLE

Haha! Hiya toots.

THUMBELINA

I’m not your toots.

MR. BEETLE

Whoa! Hey, wait! Wait!

GRUNDEL

Thumbelina!

MR. BEETLE

My wings, my wings!

CORNELIUS

Whoa! Ah. Thumbelina.

GRUNDEL

She marry me!

LI’L BEE

That’s the toad we’ve been telling you about!

CORNELIUS

We meet at last, Mr Toad!

GRUNDEL

Fairy prince! No, you killed him.

[Cut to: Farther down the tunnels.]

THUMBELINA

The sun. The sun is shining again.

[Cut to: Cornelius and Grundel.]

CORNELIUS

Haha! Come on, show me whatcha got.

GRUNDEL

Argh!

CORNELIUS

Let me go! Thumbelina!

[Cut to: Thumbelina making her escape.]

MR. MOLE

Thumbelina, come back!

THUMBELINA

Ooh. Oh, the sun!

JACQUIMO

When you follow your heart

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo, it’s you!

JACQUIMO

Of course, c’est moi {it’s me}. Oh, Thumbelina I found it, I have found it, I found the Vale of the Fairies!

THUMBELINA

Oh, Jacquimo.

JACQUIMO

No, no, listen it is true. I talked to the rabbit, who talked to the fox, who talked to the bear, who know for sure. You see – ah, I show you. Jump on. Hang on!

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo!

JACQUIMO

[Hums Follow Your Heart.] We got to find the fairy prince.

THUMBELINA

That’s impossible.

JACQUIMO

You are wrong!

THUMBELINA

Jacquimo, I nearly made the biggest mistake of my life. I nearly said yes to the Mole.

JACQUIMO

That’s the mountain that looks like a turtle.

THUMBELINA

But well, I don’t love the Mole.

JACQUIMO

We are here, we are here! Hello, hello, hello! Fairies! This is it.

THUMBELINA

This? It just looks like a patch of ordinary weeds.

JACQUIMO

Sing, Thumbelina, sing.

THUMBELINA

Oh, Jacquimo. Please. Can you take me home?

JACQUIMO

Sing!

THUMBELINA

You will be my wing You will be my only love You will take me far beyond the stars Jacquimo, this is silly. This is a weed patch.

JACQUIMO

This is the Vale of the Fairies.

THUMBELINA

Take me home, please.

JACQUIMO

Let me be your wings Like that. Sing, like that.

THUMBELINA

You will lift me high above

JACQUIMO

Oh, magnifique!

THUMBELINA

Everything we’re dreaming of Will soon be ours

JACQUIMO

Incroyable. {Incredible.}

THUMBELINA

Anything that we desire Anything at all Everyday you’ll take me higher Let’s be practical. This isn’t the Vale of the Fairies. And Cornelius is never coming back.

CORNELIUS

And I’ll never let you fall

THUMBELINA

You. It’s you. Cornelius, you’re alive!

CORNELIUS

Thumbelina, will you marry me?

THUMBELINA

I will. Wings. I have wings! My very own wings!

[Transition to: Thumbelina and Cornelius’ wedding.]

CHORUS

Anything that you desire

THUMBELINA

Hello, mother!

CHORUS

Anything at all Everyday I’ll take you higher And I’ll never let you fall

JACQUIMO

Au revoir!

CHORUS

And always follow your heart

JACQUIMO (voice-over)

And, of course, they lived happily ever after.