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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)
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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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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 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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Pico the Adventurer
Lyrics by Scott Santoro
Performed by Corey Feldman
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Hysterically bad!
14 January 2017 | by l-62911See all my reviews

Ahhh, bad animated films. We love these kinds of flicks don't we? We love moaning about the annoying characters that we want to bash their brains out, we laugh at the rushed and cheap animation and we cringe at the crappy songs that won't make any of the Disney songwriters cry in their sleep.

Now with this little beauty here called The Magic Voyage, you have to take it with a magic pinch of salt.

You can either call it a horrible horrible film that has no redeeming qualities and is just annoying to watch, or you can go the extra mile and call it a bad film but still unbelievably funny to watch.

Guess which path I'm taking Sherlocks? Yep, that's right, the second path because I found the Magic Voyage to be a hysterical piece of animated trash from our good ol friends in Germany.

Now I can sort of see what they were going for here, they wanted to give Disney a good run for their money and try to make an animated film. They tried but they more or less failed on all accounts.

The animation here is unbelievably bad, like Paddy The Pelican levels of awfulness. This kind of thing would feel more right at home on 70's Saturday Morning TV with some other "classics" like all those toons focusing on those popular stars.

Oh yes you're also in for a treat, because like it's little brother Felix The Cat, half of the dialogue doesn't even match with the lips. Great fun for all, you could take a shot each time they make this error.

Voice acting is pretty bad, not like Felix though but still bad nonetheless. Look Mr DeLuise, I love you man but you just wasn't right for the role of Christopher Columbus and the less said about that wood character thingy the better.

Are you a person who loves history? Too bad, better look elsewhere because this is also packed with tons of historical accuracy, it goes completely off the walls and makes even Pocahontas look even more accurate by comparison.

Oh yes and this film doesn't know when to take a quick breathe just like Felix, so it's pretty loud half the time. I'm pretty sure, if this film was a real person, it would be dead in under 10 minutes or so.

Magic Voyage was hysterically bad and incredibly funny to watch. It's basically a trainwreck that is so big you can't help but just watch it anyway. A gigantic failure for all involved and pushes animation back 80 million years. (Hold on, did animation even exist back then? Beats me.) Right, I'm off to make my own historically inaccurate animated film. Byyyeeee.

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


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