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Thumbs! is a collective term for the O Entertainment short films created by Steve Oedekerk using "Thumbation" technology, a process which combines live-action thumbs and superimposition of the voice actors' faces. The first short, Thumb Wars , was created as a television special and spawned the rest of the series.
Each filmette is available on DVD, with exclusive extra footage on the Thumb Wars/Thumbtanic Thumb Double Feature. The entire series is available in a box set called "All Thumbs", which does not include the Double Feature or "The Thumbersons" short.
Most of the shorts have aired on Cartoon Network, before the show or film being parodied air, such as Thumb Wars (for Star Wars: The Clone Wars ) and Bat Thumb (for airings of Batman and Robin ). "Franken thumb" aired around Halloween 2008 and was released on DVD on October 24, 2009. "Blair Thumb" aired in Halloween 2009. It is currently unknown when "Thumbtanic" and "The Godthumb" will air.
In a 2004 interview with Dale Whitehouse, spokesman of O Entertainment, he said that Oedekerk showed interest in making "Superthumb" (a parody of Superman ), "Spiderthumb" (a parody of Spider-Man ), "Jaws Thumb" (a parody of Jaws ), "Viva Thumb Vegas" (a parody of Viva Las Vegas ), "Thumbbusters" (a parody of Ghostbusters ), "Catthumb" (a parody of Catwoman ), and "Thumb America" (a parody of Captain America ).
A running gag in the filmettes is an appearance of a one-eyed thumb who says 'woo-hoo'. He appears in:
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