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The Magic Voyage (1992)

Die Abenteuer von Pico und Columbus (original title)
Christopher Columbus decides to go on a journey to prove that the Earth is not flat. His companion is a smart wood worm who's on a quest of his own: to save a beautiful fairy princess from the evil lord Swarm and his insect army.


Michael Schoemann


Ute Schoemann-Koll (idea and story) (as Ute Koll), Scott Santoro (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Credited cast:
Corey Feldman ... Pico (voice)
Irene Cara ... Marilyn (voice)
Dom DeLuise ... Christopher Columbus (voice)
Dan Haggerty ... King Ferdinand IV / Swarm Lord (voice)
Samantha Eggar ... Queen Isabella (voice)
Mickey Rooney ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosemary Alexander ... (voice)
Donald Arthur Donald Arthur ... Christopher Columbus (voice)
Marcus Calvin ... (credit only)
Brett Baxter Clark ... Additional Voices (unconfirmed)
Gino Conforti ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Creedon David Creedon
Henry Crowell Jr. Henry Crowell Jr. ... Additional Voices (voice)
Dilys Goggins Dilys Goggins
Michael Habeck ... Christopher Columbus (voice)


Christopher Columbus decides to go on a journey to prove that the Earth is not flat. His companion is a smart wood worm who's on a quest of his own: to save a beautiful fairy princess from the evil lord Swarm and his insect army.

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Germany | UK


German | English

Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Voyage See more »


Box Office


$14,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (theatrical print) (as Dolby Stereo)


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Did You Know?


During the film's release in German theaters, director Michael Schoemann stated that the reason this film doesn't tell the real story about the discovery of the New World is because he wanted to create a film from a more satirical view in order to differentiate ourselves clearly from the lofty views of history, so we can present Columbus as a lovable, charming, and befuddled scholar, rather than having him portrayed as a greedy explorer as depicted in history books. See more »


The seagull's beak didn't move when he said "What's with him?". See more »

Alternate Versions

Besides the Hemdale English dub there was an earlier English dub made for this movie with an entirely different cast of voice actors. This English dub of the film is a rare version to find. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


The Life of the Sea
Lyrics by Scott Santoro
Performed by Dom DeLuise
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The world may be round but this picture is flat.
14 September 2004 | by xfile1971See all my reviews

This is one of those films where you just don't have any idea why it was even made. Why in the world would Germans feel drawn to a story featuring Christopher Columbus, a wood worm, a firefly princess and some sort of horribly, horribly animated swarm something-or-other? I just keep asking myself over and over again, "Why?"

The overall animation doesn't even come close to looking like anything out of the 1990's. It is very simplistic, drab and amateur-looking. Supposedly stationary objects jiggle back and forth and the mouths of characters don't match the words being spoken way too many times.

Forget about all of the important ingredients necessary to make a decent animated film. Dom DeLuise and Corey Feldman as your main voice talent? Ugh. Sheesh...and the songs in the film! You will thank me for the following advice: Do not keep any sharp objects lying around while watching this film! If you happen to find a pencil before you find the "Mute" button on the remote, well, you will probably be tempted to use it to puncture your eardrums. The sole good song is the one by Al Jarreau over the closing credits.

I don't even know where to begin as far as the story goes. Something about a wood worm who walks and talks and wears clothes. He has a carrot for a nose and tells Christopher Columbus that the world is actually round and not flat or square. The wood worm, named Pico, snags a girlfriend but she is later kidnapped by a swarm creature. Columbus convinces the Queen to give him three ships so he can sail to Asia and Pico tags along to try and find his girlfriend. They end up landing on a tropical island and find a fortune in gold. Is any of this sounding interesting to you?

This is one of those many films where you just know that the story behind the development of it is infinitely more interesting than the film itself. I don't know why the Germans didn't make something that they could relate to better. They tried to emulate an American animated film but completely and utterly failed. Even early episodes of "The Smurfs" are filled with more complex storytelling and cutting edge animation than this disaster. Bon Voyage! 1/10

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