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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 »




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 (voice)
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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One of several films about Christopher Columbus released in 1992 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of his voyage, including: Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and Carry on Columbus (1992). See more »


The color of Columbus' hair changes back and forth between black and brown throughout the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: A long time ago, people thought the world was flat, and if you sailed uncharted waters, you might just fall over the edge into space. Now this may seem strange to us now, but in those days, no one knew what lay over the far horizon. But with pirates and hurricanes and sea monsters to contend with, it was a very dangerous voyage. But in 1492, there appeared an Italian navigator, a man with a revolutionary idea: He thought the world was... square. And his name was... Christopher ...
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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 »


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A Fellow Like You
Lyrics by Scott Santoro
Performed by Corey Feldman and Dom DeLuise
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The stupidest, most pointless and awful cartoon ever made.
20 June 2008 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

Remember Christopher Columbus's voyage and how he found America? Do you remember Christopher's traveling companion Pico the wood worm? I don't either. Do you remember how Columbus's worst enemy was a swarm of evil bees who held some sort of bug princess captive? Neither do I. In fact, you can't even say this movie has any fact to it. True there was a man named Christopher Columbus, but that's all they got right (and the names of the ships), everything else just makes no sense. Whoever animated this must've been high, and whoever wrote it must've been mentally retarded.

Pico the woodworm (voiced by Corey Feldman) somehow becomes best friends with Christopher Columbus (voiced by Dom Deluise) and they travel off to prove the world isn't flat. Pico meets Marylin the fairy princess of the moon sprite (Whatever the heck that is), and keeps fantasizing about her. Columbus and his crew of 3 or 4 men, 3 rats and 1 woodworm set out and find America in about 2 days time, just like it happened in real life. The climax involves Columbus fighting a swarm of bees and trying to take gold from what looks like an Aztec or Mayan temple.

This movie should have never been made! What was the point of it? It makes no sense whatsoever. Columbus and a woodworm travel to America, okay, I buy that. They try to tell the tale, but also add an animated comic relief for the kiddies, but Pico isn't even a comic relief, he's the main character. Columbus is more like the comic relief and I've seen shots to the head that are funnier than Columbus's non stop ranting. The animation is freaking horrible! Half the time when a character talks their mouth isn't even moving. The swarm of bees that shouldn't have even been in the movie to begin with looked like a big swarm of feces, which is how I can also sum up the film...it's nothing but a big pile of feces. The character designs are also awful, with everyone having a big nose, including Pico who's nose looks like one of those Bugle potato chips. The dialogue seems ad libbed, as does the entire script. I know this movie was originally made in German, but seriously, couldn't they at least try to match the mouths instead of ad libbing bad dialogue the entire movie. Unfortunately, this is also a musical, with some really awful songs and even worse singing. The climax is anti-climactic and only lasts for about 2 minutes, never putting the characters in harms way, though it would've been much more enjoyable to see the whole lot of them killed.

If you couldn't figure it out, I hate this movie. It's the most awful animated film I've ever seen, and I've seen some real stinkers. This might be one of the worst movies ever made. It has no real plot and the animation is horrid. Avoid it at all costs!

My rating: BOMB/****. 80 mins. Rated G.

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Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$14,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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