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The Magic Pudding (2000)

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.

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Karl Zwicky
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Sam Sawnoff (voice)
Hugo Weaving ... Bill Barnacle (voice)
John Cleese ... Albert the Magic Pudding (voice)
Geoffrey Rush ... Bunyip Bluegum (voice)
Dave Gibson Dave Gibson ... Uncle Wattleberry / Possum (voice)
John Laws John Laws ... Rumpus Bumpus (voice)
Greg Carroll Greg Carroll ... Watkin Wombat (voice)
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... Benjamin Brandysnap (voice)
Michael Veitch 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)
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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.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Budinca fermecata See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Sam Neill appears in this movie based on a children's book by Norman Lindsay. In Sirens (1994), Sam Neill appears as Norman Lindsay. See more »

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Albert, the Magic Pudding
Performed by John Cleese, Sam Neill], [Geoffrey Rush] & Chorus
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On its own merits, a moderately enjoyable pre-teen animation. As a realisation of a unique classic, a huge disappointment.
31 May 2006 | by pwlaSee all my reviews

Accepting the hazards inherent in any attempt to realise a well-known and loved book in audio/visual form, "Disneyising" this plot is still a mistake. One of the great joys of the book, especially for (older) adults, is its distinctive Australianism, its evocation of the period of Banjo Patterson's "Saltbush Bill", and this is paid lip-service only. The watered-down accents, presumably to make the movie more "internationally acceptable", are a letdown as well. I would have expected to have recognised Jack Thompson's voice instantly. Even the potentially inspired casting of John Cleese as Albert, the Puddin', falls short. Albert and Basil Fawlty have a good deal in common, and one listens largely in vain for any sign of this. Viewed in isolation, on its own merits, a moderately enjoyable pre-teen animation. As a film realisation of a unique, and distinctively Australian, classic, a huge disappointment.


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