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The Magic Pudding is a 2001 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.


Actor Role
John Cleese Albert the Magic Pudding
Geoffrey Rush Bunyip Bluegum
Hugo Weaving Bill Barnacle
Sam Neill Sam Sawnoff
Jack Thompson Buncle
Toni Collette Meg Bluegum
Roy Billing Tom Bluegum
Greg Carroll Watkin Wombat
Dave Gibson Possum
Uncle Wattleberry
Mary Coustas Ginger
John Laws Rumpus Bumpus
Sandy Gore Frog on the Log
Michael Veitch Bandicoot
Peter Gwynne Benjamin Brandysnap
Martin Vaughan Parrot
Gerry Connolly Dobson Dorking
Robyn Moore Henrietta Hedgehog


The film was first released in Australia on 26 January 2001.

The VHS tape and DVD were released in Australia in June 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 54%.

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
(2001 AFI Awards)
Best Adapted Screenplay Harry Cripps Nominated
Greg Haddrick Nominated
Simon Hopkinson Nominated
Best Sound Julius Chan Nominated
Liam Egan Nominated
Dave Eggins Nominated
Les Fiddess Nominated
Phil Judd Nominated
FCCA Award Best Screenplay - Adapted Harry Cripps Nominated
Greg Haddrick Nominated
Simon Hopkinson Nominated


The soundtrack was recorded by the Marionette Theatre of Australia and released in the next year after the movie on 14 July 2001.

No. Title Length
1. "It's A Wonderful Day - Geoffrey Rush"   1.25
2. "Albert, The Magic Pudding - John Cleese, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush & Chorus"   2.42
3. "If I Had You - Kate Ceberano"   4.23
4. "I Want You Back - N Sync"   3.22
5. "The Puddin' Owner's Song - Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush & Hugo Weaving"   2.32
6. "My Heart Beats - Toni Collette"   2.16
7. "Flying Without Wings - Westlife"   3.36
8. "Sister - Sister2Sister"   3.25
9. "It's Worse Than Weevils - Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush & Hugo Weaving"   0.38
10. "Save the Town - Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush & Hugo Weaving"   1.51
11. "Eternal Flame - Human Nature"   3.20
12. "In the Underground Tonight - Jack Thompson, Mary Coustas, Dave Gibson & Chorus"   1.47
13. "Friends - Merril Bainbridge"   4.24
14. "The Magic Pudding - Rolf Harris"   3.07
15. "Now I Can Dance - Tina Arena"   5.55
16. "A Slice of Pudding - The Magic Pudding Orchestra"   5.37
Total length:

Video games

  • 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.


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