Release date14 December 2000 (2000-12-14) Based onThe Magic Pudding
by Norman Lindsay WriterHarry Cripps, Greg Haddrick, Simon Hopkinson, Norman Lindsay (book) Initial releaseDecember 14, 2000 (Australia) ScreenplayGreg Haddrick, Harry Cripps, Simon Hopkinson CastSam 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)) Similar moviesBlinky Bill (1992)
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The Magic Pudding is a 2000 Australian animated movie based on the story of the same name by Norman Lindsay.
In the South Pole in the year 1957, Bill Barnacle and his crew are cruising across the waters when their ship crashes. The crew run out of food and are starving and their evil shipmate Buncle wants to eat Sam (The first mate). However they discover a magic pudding called Albert that can talk, change flavour on request, lasts forever and demands that they continue to eat him. The crew are divided over the pudding but two of them resolve to protect and look after it. Ten years later in 1967 a young koala named Bunyip Bluegum discovers that he is not an orphan and sets out on a quest to find his parents, Meg and Tom Bluegum. The old crew and the koala paths cross on the road when Bunyip stumbles into the middle of an attempt by thieves to steal the everlasting pudding from Bill and his first mate Sam.
John Cleese as Albert the Magic Pudding: The pudding who lasts forever and turns into different sorts of puddings.
Geoffrey Rush as Bunyip Bluegum: An accomplished young koala that leaves home in search of his lost parents.
Hugo Weaving as Bill Barnacle: A sailor who leads the noble society of Pudding owners group.
Sam Neill as Sam Swanoff: A penguin who is a shipmate of Bill Barnacles cruise.
Jack Thompson as Buncle: A very selfish and very hungry wombat who is after the magic pudding for himself to eat forever. Also a former shipmate of Bill Barnacle's cruise.
Toni Collette as Meg Bluegum: The mother of Bunyip Bluegum.
Roy Billing as Tom Bluegum: father of Bunyip Bluegum.
Greg Carroll as Watkin Wombat: The nephew of Buncle who is one of the pudding thieves who has to catch and bring the pudding to him.
Dave Gibson as Possum: The wombats helper of the pudding thieves and Wattleberry: The uncle of Bunyip Bluegum .
Mary Coustas as Ginger: is the right-hand mouse of Buncle
John Laws as Rumpus Bumpus
Sandy Gore as Frog on the Log
Michael Veitch as Bandicoot
Peter Gwynne as Benjamin Brandysnap
Robyn Moore as Henrietta Hedgehog
Martin Vaughan as Parrot
Gerry Connolly as Dobson Dorking
Additional Voices: Lee Perry, Marg Downey, Keith Scott, Karl Zwicky
Directed by: Karl Zwicky
Writing Credits: Harry Cripps, Greg Haddrick, Simon Hopkinson, Norman Lindsay
Produced by: Paddy Conroy, Carmel Travers, Bruce Davey, Gerry Travers, Edward Trost
Music by: Chris Harriott
Film Editing by: Richard Hindley
Casting By: Helen Salter
Production Design by: Helen Steele, Kelly Wallwork
Production Management: Kylie Andrews
Art Department: Roger Clarke, Tony Ealey, Walter Micati, Astrid Nordheim, James Rose, Robbert Smit, Mark Sonntag, Mike Stapleton, Bun Heang Ung
Sound Department: Julius Chan, Liam Egan, Les Fiddess, Phil Judd, Tony Murtagh
Visual Effects by: David Cole, Adam S. Jones, Chris Phillips, Pete Woodley-Page
The film was first released in Australia on 14 December 2000.
The VHS tape and DVD were released in Australia in May 2001.
It was then released in New Zealand four months later after the Australian release on 9 April 2001.
A re-release of the DVD was released in Australia in 2013.
Reception & accolades
The Magic Pudding received mixed reviews. Although there's no approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes yet, the Audience Score is currently 56%. Australian critics, such as Louise Keller, Andrew L. Urban, and David Edwards, have given the film positive reviews.
The soundtrack was recorded by the Marionette Theatre of Australia and released in the next year after the movie on 14 July 2001.
The Magic Pudding Adventure - The same month when the movie was released, an interactive game called "The Magic Pudding Adventure" was released with video highlights from the movie and 5 re-playable activities including Sink or Swim also released on DVD.