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14 December 2000 (Australia) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sam Neill ... Sam Sawnoff (voice)

Hugo Weaving ... Bill Barnacle (voice)

John Cleese ... Albert the Magic Pudding (voice)

Geoffrey Rush ... Bunyip Bluegum (voice)

Dave Gibson ... Uncle Wattleberry / Possum (voice)
John Laws ... Rumpus Bumpus (voice)
Greg Carroll ... Watkin Wombat (voice)
Peter Gwynne ... Benjamin Brandysnap (voice)
Michael Veitch ... Bandicoot (voice)

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)

Martin Vaughan ... Parrot (voice)
Gerry Connolly ... Dobson Dorking (voice)
Lee Perry ... Additional Voices (voice)
Marg Downey ... Additional Voices (voice)

Keith Scott ... Voice Guide Tracks (voice)
Karl Zwicky ... Voice Guide Tracks (voice)

Directed by
Karl Zwicky 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harry Cripps  written by
Greg Haddrick  written by
Simon Hopkinson  written by
Norman Lindsay  book

Produced by
Paddy Conroy .... executive producer
Bruce Davey .... executive producer
Carmel Travers .... executive producer
Gerry Travers .... producer
John Travers .... executive producer
Edward Trost .... associate producer
Original Music by
Chris Harriott 
Film Editing by
Richard Hindley 
Casting by
Helen Salter 
Production Design by
Helen Steele 
Kelly Wallwork 
Production Management
Kylie Andrews .... production manager
Art Department
Roger Clarke .... storyboard artist
Tony Ealey .... storyboard artist
Walter Micati .... storyboard artist (as Wal Micati)
Astrid Nordheim .... storyboard artist
James Rose .... color stylist
Robbert Smit .... storyboard artist
Mark Sonntag .... storyboard artist
Mike Stapleton .... storyboard artist (as Michael Stapleton)
Bun Heang Ung .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Julius Chan .... sound effects editor
Liam Egan .... sound effects editor
Les Fiddess .... foley artist
Phil Judd .... re-recording mixer
Tony Murtagh .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Seung-tae Kim .... additional effects animator (as Seung Tae Kim)
Visual Effects by
David Cole .... digital film technical director
Adam S. Jones .... digital compositor (as Adam Jones)
Chris Phillips .... visual effects artist
Pete Woodley-Page .... digital department
Animation Department
Delfin Abad .... animator
Junko Aoyama .... layout artist
Rhon Arabiana .... animator
Patrick Arguelles .... animator
Jo-anne Boag .... character designer
Jo-anne Boag .... layout artist
Cindy Bower .... background artist
Noel Buguis .... animator
Jezreel Mann Carlos II .... assistant animator
Darren Carney .... background artist
Arnold Collao .... animator (as Nono Collao)
Gairden Cooke .... timing director
Ronaldo Delfino .... animator (as Rene Delfino)
Eric Diano .... animator
Nestor Dimol .... animator
Stephen Doric .... layout artist
Phat Ejercitado .... animator
Cam Ford .... timing director
Dennis Fuentes .... animator
Hardy Gamboa .... animator
Joseph Gibaga .... animator
Nicholas Harding .... layout artist
John Hill .... layout artist
Ric Jamlig .... head of animation
Boy Lacampuegna .... animator
Lean Lagonera .... animator
Abe Legaspi .... animator
Tony Lovett .... layout artist (as Anthony Lovett)
Rhon Mabiana .... animator
Noel Malacad .... animator
Benjie Marasigan .... animator (as Benji Marasigan)
Oscar Mates .... animator
Paul McAdam .... timing director
Ramir Medina .... animator
Danny Milla .... animator (as Dante Milla)
Trevor Murphy .... background painter
Vincenzo Nisco .... layout artist
Astrid Nordheim .... layout artist
Rey Pedregosa .... animator
Jett Planes .... animator
Shane Porteous .... layout artist
Tim Pyman .... layout artist
Boyet Rabuyo .... animator
Robbert Smit .... animation director
Robbert Smit .... character designer
Robbert Smit .... timing director
Susan So .... animator
Sarah Stockwin .... layout artist
Arnold Taroy .... animator
Joseph Villanueva .... animator (as Jojo Villanueva)
Ariel Villar .... animator
David Wilkinson .... layout artist
Joe Wylie .... layout artist
Ricky Yoingco .... animator
Editorial Department
Danielle Akayan .... associate editor
Music Department
Laura Bishop .... music preparation
Damian Candusso .... assistant music editor
Christopher Gordon .... conductor
Christopher Gordon .... orchestrator
Phillip Hartl .... concert master
Nerida Tyson-Chew .... orchestrator
Coralie Hartl .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Other crew
William Creamer .... production accountant
Jeanette Galyer .... production accountant

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80 min | Spain:81 min
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Sam Neill appears in this movie based on a children's book by Norman Lindsay. In Sirens (1993), Sam Neill appears as Norman Lindsay.See more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
No Magic In This Pile of Pudding, 10 January 2001
Author: simonc-3 from Sydney, Australia

I really had high hopes for this film. Twelve million dollar budget, digitalanimation, star-packed cast (John Cleese, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Jack Thompson), fond memories of the Norman Lindsay story and the promise that it was going to mark a new direction in Australian mainstream animation.

Well, five minutes in and I was ready to leave. Most of the audience (packed to capacity with kids and adults) looked fidgety and bored. It's hard to remember a film that fails so comprehensively.

Looking forward to state-of-the art digital animation? Well you will have to be content with shoddy eighties-style Yoram Gross animation with a few digital lens flares. Yes, washed out watercolour backgrounds and sub-Disney style characters with bad inbetweening are back! Oh yes, and atrocious lip-syncing. At several points, Bill Barnacle's mouth doesn't even move when he talks!

Want a good story? Well this confusingly paced film had most of the kids restless and scratching their heads as they tried to figure out what was going on. For adults and fans of the Lindsay original, it manages to tick-off the original in plot points and scenes without any of the warmth or character of the original. It also introduces new elements such as Bluegum's lost parents that please no one. It reminded me of the old Rankin Bass "animated classics"; exciting stories leeched of their quirkyness and originality through a pedestrian TV-style telling.

Great voice acting and dialogue? Well if you can get past John Laws as Bumpus, the voice acting is okay. The dialogue however is awful. Poor old John Cleese is left to seemingly improvise old Fawlty Towers/Monty Python material while Geoffrey Rush utters some insipid stuff as Bunyip Bluegum. And yes, I know it's a kids movie!

Top musical numbers? Well the musical numbers pop up at unexpected moments but are mercifully brief. Most of them are passable eighties fare with the exception of one sickly-sweet Celine Dion power ballad by Bluegum's mum. In a week, I will have forgotten how they sounded.

The rest? Well did I mention the Saturday morning cartoon gags complete with musical "stings" or the TV-style direction (no swooping digital camera techniques here). Think of the The Silver Brumby and you'd be close..

This is not a clever movie. This is a dumb TV cartoon writ large. It shows no love for Lindsay nor any understanding of what a modern kids movie should be.

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