"Who can you rely on when the chips are down? Call on Mumfie when you need defending, Braver than a bulldog, brighter than a clown, Here comes Mumfie with a happy ending! With his faithful friend, the Scarecrow, He's got dreams enough to share, So, if you want adventure, this is where to start, If you need a hero, who can play the part? The little pachyderm with a great big heart!"
The Magical Adventures of Mumfie is a 1990's animated series/movie created by Britt Allcroft of Thomas the Tank Engine fame. It centers around Mumfie, a special elephant who lives alone in a cottage in the woods. Every morning he would run to his letter box hoping for an adventure tied up in a parcel. One day, Mumfie realizes that this is not possible and sets off to find one. Along the way, Mumfie meets a lot of friends, such as Scarecrow, Pinkey the Flying Pig, and a whale with a whole room for visitors inside his body.
Cue the Flying Pigs: The main character, Pinkey, is a flying pig, and ironically, Mumfie and friends are lucky many times on their journeys. There's also a musical number named "Pigs Can Fly", which is a "you're special just the way you are" duet with Scarecrow and Pinkey. (However, in Mumfie's White Christmas, Napoleon and Mumfie also sing some verses.)
Cut Song: The song "I Must Have My Night" was made for the film, but a sequence was never animated for it.
Going Commando: A few episodes, like "Sea of Surprises", "Mumfie's White Christmas" (though you'd only find it in these two when Mumfie is going to bed) and "Upside-Down Magic" reveal that Mumfie doesn't wear underwear.
Gratuitous French: Napoleon Jones often speaks French. There's an episode where he even teaches Mumfie and Scarecrow French.
Heel-Face Turn: Bristle turns good at the end of the movie/episode "A Treasure Beyond Price", but in the series, he still likes rules and is sometimes strict.
This was lampshaded in "Scarecrowella". Mumfie said he was going to wear his special pink jacket to the Queen's ball, and Scarecrow said that all of his jackets were pink, but Mumfie said the special pink one was for special occasion.
Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Most of the cast are animals, but there's an inanimate object that acts like a human, a whale cruiseliner, a lighthouse keeper, trolls, pirates, an old couple who lives underwater, a starduster, a painter, two beautiful queens...and a midget obsessed with rules.
Little People Are Surreal: Bristle is described as a "tiny man", and is only a few inches taller than Mumfie. He works for the main villain as well.
MacGuffin: Two actually in the film! The first was The Queen of Night's jewel , which Mumfie uses for the sick tree by his cottage and The Queen of Night's magic Cloak of Dreams, which is used to defeat The Big Bad.
Nobody Poops: "Upside Down Magic" has Mumfie falling into rose bush when Pinkey scared him. When he gets up and rips his pants, there is no underwear on underneath, unlike other cartoons where this happens, meaning he isn't potty trained. However, fabric covers his private areas later in the same episode. Also, nobody needs the bathroom after eating or drinking too much, and instead get nightmares.
Shout-Out: A lot of elements in this story are quite similar to The Wizard of Oz. Both have someone who is bored of their everyday life going on an adventure (Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, although it was All Just a Dream, the titular character of Mumfie) a scarecrow, a character who wants to go home (Dorothy in Wizard Of Oz, Pinkey in Mumfie), scary villains trying to prevent the protagonists from reaching their goal (The Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, The Secretary in Mumfie), and the characters journeying to a fantastical land ruled by a powerful person (Emerald City who is run by The Wizard Of Oz in the titular novel/movie, and the palace owned by The Queen of Night in Mumfie).
The title of the episode "Reindeers Keep Dropping On My Head" alludes to that popular song by B. J. Thomas's hit song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
A Running Gag has Pinkey being called "Porky" by Davy Jones, with her responding "I'm Pinkey!" each time. This could be because at the time, Looney Tunes and Mumfie both aired on the same network in the show's home country of the United Kingdom.
There are also two references to H.M.S. Pinafore in the movie. First, Whale says "Oh, joy! Oh, rapture!" when he is freed, referencing the song "Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen", and Mumfie whistles "Never Mind the Why and Wherefore" before he gets taken to the holding cell.
Spell My Name with an S: Fans sometimes write Pinkey the Flying Pig's name down as Pinky, and Hulu's subtitles on some episodes spell it as Pinkie. An official Fox Kids magazine spelled it this way as well. According to the official website, the former spelling is correct.
Mumfie's name is also spelled sometimes by fans as "Mumfie", "Mumphy", "Mumfi", or "Mamfie".
Spot of Tea: A lot of episodes have tea in them, due to the show being from the UK.
Stock Animal Diet: In a crossover story in an old Fox Kids magazine, Mumfie gives the other Fox Cubhouse characters peanuts to give to Rimba. Mumfie never ate peanuts in the real series.
As mentioned on the page for this trope, elephants also love sugar. In the actual series, Mumfie likes cake.
Theme Tune Cameo: Mumfie whistles the theme song in the episode "Cabin Fever" while reading a book, much to Scarecrow's annoyance.
Too Dumb to Live: Because Mumfie is (probably) a child and has no family, this trope sometimes applies to him, usually when he meets someone. For example, he thought Whale was a mountain and Eel was a fish. The latter character responded by shining her light in Mumfie's eyes. Examples:
Mumfie thinking adventures come in parcels. He soon realizes this mistake.
In the part where the characters first visit the island Pinkey lives on, Mumfie dances and sings in a cave on the island, when signs are everywhere that say it's not allowed. However, he does wind up finding Pinkey's mother as a result of this. Seconds later, he ignores a "Do Not Disturb" sign.
After he and Mumfie fall down rocks in the Pirate Cave, Scarecrow says he can't keep himself respectable, and Mumfie responds to this by pulling out a handkerchief from his pocket. Scarecrow shakes his head and Mumfie puts the handkerchief back.
This conversation from "Friend or Foe":
Secretary: What do you mean, "Yes"?
Mumfie: Yes, I've got one!
Secretary of Night: Then what is it?
After this line of dialogue, the Secretary thought Mumfie was a spy for stealing the Queen's magical jewel. Mumfie said he wasn't, and the Secretary thought he was lying, and Mumfie then said he never lied, and the Secretary arrested him for this.note It should be noted that Mumfie stealing the gem was purely an accident, and he only broke the formula bottle by sneezing and hitting a shelf with said bottle.
In "Captain Jellybean's Treasure", Mumfie and Pinkey misheard "doubloon" as "balloon". This later leads to something similar to the "Occupation?" "Elephant!" example of this trope in that episode.
The aspect of Mumfie calling someone what they aren't was even done in a Fox Kids magazine crossover. When Mumfie meets Diesel from Jonathan And Friends, he calls him Mr. Truck.
In "French Lessons", Napoleon Jones didn't stop Mumfie when he ran upstairs to stop the Black Cat's niece from attacking a mouse. Earlier, when Mumfie heard something upstairs, he asked Napoleon if he can go upstairs to see what was wrong.