(1958)4Michael BetzoldIn 1958, filming the Grimm fairy tale about a thumb-sized boy was no easy task. There were no computers to help with the miniaturization. But MGM assembled a team that produced a remarkable blend of live action, animation, and puppets -- innovative for its time, though likely to seem crude to children of later, more sophisticated eras. The special effects won an Oscar. The director was the veteran George Pal and the crew of acting talents included comics Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas, and Alan Young. Russ Tamblyn had the starring role, which had reportedly been coveted by Donald O'Connor. Lively musical numbers help carry the film past several slow spots.