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The Princess and the Goblin (1991)

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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Complete credited cast:
King Papa (voice)
Mump (voice)
Sally Ann Marsh ...
Princess Irene (voice)
Prince Froglip (voice)
Peggy Mount ...
Goblin Queen (voice)
Peter Murray ...
Curdie (voice)
Glump (voice)
Looti (voice)
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(voice) (as Steve Lyons)
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Goblin King (voice)


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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Animation | Fantasy


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Release Date:

3 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Princesa e o Duende  »

Box Office


$2,144,238 (USA)

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The first animated feature to come from Wales. The film was produced in two countries, with Siriol films based in Cardiff and Pannonia in Hungary. See more »


When Irene is following her grandmother's magic thread through the cave and comes to a pile of rocks which she thinks is a dead end, her hood is up. But when she cries about never finding a way out, her hood is down and when she figures out that she's supposed to follow the thread through the pile of rocks, her hood is up again. See more »


Princess Irene: She's here somewhere. She... she's just invisible at the moment.
Curdie: Your grandmother is invisible?
Princess Irene: Yes. But she is here, I know she is.
Curdie: Look, I'm glad you rescued me, but I dont' have time to play games.
Princess Irene: This isn't a game!
Curdie: No, it's dead serious. The goblins have a plan and you're a part of it. We can't waste our time with invisible grandmothers.
Princess Irene: You don't believe me, do you.
Curdie: Well... I...
Princess Irene: But I thought we were friends.
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Referenced in Song of the Sea (2014) See more »


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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Based on George MacDonald's book, this movie is really quite charming
31 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love books,and I love animation, so considering how much I love the book by George MacDonald I wanted to give this movie a try. And you know what, I like this movie a lot. While the book is definitely better, this is quite a charming film. It is too short however, somehow I would've expected it to be 10 minutes longer, and the grandmother wasn't as well explained as she is in the book. Speaking of the grandmother though, I loved not only how beautiful and wise she was but also how Claire Bloom voiced her. I know how a lot of people have complained about the animation being crude and lazy, and I would like to say that I actually liked it. There are some lovely colourful backgrounds and I loved how King Papa, Irene and Grandmother were animated. Also, the goblins who do steal the show with their hatred of poetry and jealousy of humans, are MEANT to be ugly. I liked the music too, the score was beautiful and the song had a really upbeat and medieval feel to it and was sung surprisingly well. The story is easy to follow and is suitably simple, and the voice acting is excellent. Especially Rik Mayall as Froglip, who is quite sexy for a goblin, and Joss Ackland in a wonderfully dignified vocal performance as King Papa. Princess Irene is really cute too, and Sally Ann Marsh voiced her with real innocence and vulnerability and Peter Murray is appealing as Curdie. Also the little kitten Turnip is adorable. In conclusion, this is a good, charming movie. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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