Little Suck-a-Thumb

A personal short film which won an S4C commission in 2003

A 3 minute 28 second short film ~ 2003


A mother tells her son the story of the Great Red Legged Scissorman

who always comes to little boys that suck their thumbs and cuts their thumbs clean off!

The boy just laughs and falls asleep sucking his thumb! Then the Scissorman comes...

The film is based on 'The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb' by Heinrich Hoffmann.


Festival Screenings

Cardiff Screen Festival ~ November 2003

The Edingburgh International Film Festival ~ August 2004

The Fantastisk Film Festival ~ Lund, Sweden ~ September 2004

The Taliesin Theatre ~ Swansea ~ October 25th 2004

The Talent Circle Super Shorts Film Festival ~ London September 2005

35th ROSHD International Film Festival ~ Tehran, Iran ~ November 2005


The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb

By Heinrich Hoffmann

One day,Mamma said, "Conrad dear,

I must go out and leave you here.

But mind now, Conrad, what I say,

Don't suck your thumb while I'm away.

The great tall tailor always comes

to little boys that suck their thumbs.

And ere they dream what he's about

he takes his great sharp scissors

and cuts their thumbs clean off, and then

you know, they never grow again."

Mamma had scarcely turn'd her back,

the thumb was in, alack! alack!

The door flew open, in he ran,

the great, long, red-legged scissorman.

Oh! children see! the tailor's come

and caught our Little Suck-a-Thumb.

Snip! Snap! Snip! The scissors go;

and Conrad cries out - Oh! Oh! Oh!

Snip! Snap! Snip! They go so fast;

That both his thumbs are off at last.

Mamma comes home; there Conrad stands,

and looks quite sad, and shows his hands;-

"Ah! Said Mamma "I knew he'd come

to naughty Little Suck-a-Thumb."


Copyright © Robert Brown Animation 2003