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.
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