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The Magic Pudding (2000)

An old man, a young anthropomorphic koala, a South Pole penguin and Albert, a magic sentient walking and talking bowl of pudding with an attitude are searching for koala's missing parents. However, sinister forces want the pudding.

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Karl Zwicky
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Sam Sawnoff (voice)
Hugo Weaving ... Bill Barnacle (voice)
John Cleese ... Albert the Magic Pudding (voice)
Geoffrey Rush ... Bunyip Bluegum (voice)
Dave Gibson Dave Gibson ... Uncle Wattleberry / Possum (voice)
John Laws John Laws ... Rumpus Bumpus (voice)
Greg Carroll Greg Carroll ... Watkin Wombat (voice)
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... Benjamin Brandysnap (voice)
Michael Veitch Michael Veitch ... Bandicoot (voice)
Robyn Moore Robyn Moore ... Henrietta Hedgehog (voice)
Jack Thompson ... Buncle (voice)
Mary Coustas ... Ginger (voice)
Sandy Gore ... Frog on the Log (voice)
Toni Collette ... Meg Bluegum (voice)
Roy Billing ... Tom Bluegum (voice)
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An old man, a young anthropomorphic koala, a South Pole penguin and Albert, a magic sentient walking and talking bowl of pudding with an attitude are searching for koala's missing parents. However, sinister forces want the pudding.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Budinca fermecata See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Sam Neill appears in this movie based on a children's book by Norman Lindsay. In Sirens (1994), Sam Neill appears as Norman Lindsay. See more »

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Oh dear.....
13 December 2002 | by aplordSee all my reviews

You know a film is in trouble when a character in children's classic written early last century utters a line like " It'll destroy the very fabric of the universe!" That line - or something like it, gets a workout towards the end of this crude updating of the Australian Classic.

Of course, you won't have to wait until near the end to realise that this film is in trouble. The first few minutes will be all it takes.

Assemble a fine cast, spend millions and adapt the Australian Children's book that's in the same league as the "Wizard of Oz", "Wind in the Willows" or "Alice in Wonderland". A recipe for success you would think.

Instead this is a disaster.

Why? Because the makers simply didn't trust the strength of their material. Norman Lindsay wrote the book to prove that kids like hearing stories about food. It was a bet. Someone else had offered the opinion that what children wanted to hear about was "fairies and elves "."Nonsense," said Lindsay and wrote the Magic Pudding to prove it.

The Magic Pudding is loud, fast, broad, satirical and the book they invented the word "rambunctious" for.

The film is mild, meandering and with a moral about friendship and not being greedy. It comes with extra characters to give it cuteness, extra plot to give it relevance and extra gags "for the kids".

Sad sad sad. Read the book. Read the book aloud. Read it aloud to kids. Don't bother seeing this movie.


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