I wanted to give a nod—a small salute, really—to stop-motion animator Dave Borthwick, who died about a month ago. The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993), which Borthwick wrote, directed, and animated, was among the first films I purchased online, and it's been a favorite ever since. Borthwick wasn't particularly prolific, but, having made this original film, it hardly matters.
Upon hearing the news of his death, I dusted off my old VHS copy—one of the few tapes I've elected to hold on to over the years—and watched the film again, probably for the fifth or sixth time (though it was the first in many years). Still every bit as good as I remembered, if not better.
Thank you Borthwick & Co. for this darkly humorous and humane nightmare.
ADVERTISEMENT: The region 2 DVD, which I recently purchased, is currently going for a mere $5, and it includes a neat short called The Saint Inspector. (Various blurry versions of Tom Thumb can of course be viewed on YouTube.)
The Saint Inspector (1996):