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The Princess and the Goblin (1991)

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The story is about the adventurous Princess Irene. The princess is off playing in the woods when she is attacked by goblins pets. She is saved by a mining young warrior boy named Curty. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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King Papa (voice)
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Mump (voice)
Sally Ann Marsh ...
Princess Irene (voice)
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Prince Froglip (voice)
Peggy Mount ...
Goblin Queen (voice)
Peter Murray ...
Curdie (voice)
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Glump (voice)
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Looti (voice)
Frank Rozelaar-Green ...
(voice) (as Frank Rozelaar Green)
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(voice)
Maxine Howe ...
(voice)
Stephen Lyons ...
(voice) (as Steve Lyons)
Robin Lyons ...
Goblin King (voice)
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The story is about the adventurous Princess Irene. The princess is off playing in the woods when she is attacked by goblins pets. She is saved by a mining young warrior boy named Curty. They quickly become friends and get into a lot of trouble. The goblins attack and Irene must rely on her own magic to save Curty, and in turn the entire kingdom. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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3 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Princesa e o Duende  »

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$2,144,238 (USA)
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Roy Kinnear's final acting project. See more »

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Princess Irene: Goblins? Pets?
Curdie: Sure, everyone knows about the goblins and their pets... except people from the castle.
Princess Irene: Oh.
Curdie: You're from the castle right?
Princess Irene: Yes.
Curdie: And you don't know the way back.
Princess Irene: No.
Curdie: Typical. Alright follow me.
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Soundtracks

A Spark Inside Us
Composed by Chris Stuart
Lyrics by Robin Lyons
Sung by Paul Keating with Sally Ann Marsh and the Pendyrus Male Choir
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The story and characters are good, but this cartoon feels unfinished.
5 May 2008 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Maybe I'm just used to sound effects and music making scenes seem more dramatic, but this cartoon felt unfinished. There is very little music in any scenes to help set the mood. The sound effects are also missing a lot, like one scene a boy stomps the ground and it makes no sound. This is not a musical (hence there being no music), but one song appears about 5 times, like one of the writers were smart enough to think up one song and wanted to brag by playing it over and over again. The animation is also lacking quite a bit. Some cool tricks, like putting layers between the characters and foreground are used, but the actual animation is pretty bad. It almost looks like a good looking anime cartoon, or a bad looking Disney knock-off. These are the little things, that made this movie a step down in it's rating.

Princess Irene escapes one day from her nanny, gets lost in the forest, and meets many of the horrible pets of the goblins who live in the area. A young miner boy, Curdie, finds her and scares off the animals by singing the only song in the movie. When Irene goes back to the castle, she meets her dead grandmother who tells her some odd secrets about the castle and the goblins. Curdie follows the goblins to their area of work, and chaos ensues.

The best scenes in the movie are the ones featuring the goblins, and there are way too few of those. This movie is around 80 minutes, and the goblins have maybe, 10 to 15 minutes of screen time, but it seems longer because they're such interesting characters. Scenes with Irene in the castle can get quite boring, and what's strange is Irene's nanny Looti is actually a much more interesting character than Irene. Scenes with Curdie can be annoying, because he tends to think out loud, which just adds up to bad writing and inexpressive animation.

Overall, this a fun movie, and it's somewhat cute and funny, but it's nothing special.

My rating: ** 1/2 out of ****. 80 mins. G.


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