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Film / Magic Island

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A 1995 family adventure film with a pirate theme.

Not to be confused with the similarly titled Fantasy Island.

This film contains examples of:

  • Almost Kiss: Jack and Lily are about to kiss after they're separated from Morgan and his crew, only for Jack to pause when he thinks he's spotted their missing comrades, they're not.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Morgan makes one to Gwyn. When they're both buried up to their necks in sand and he thinks they're about to die from drowning.
  • Bad Boss: Blackbeard
    Jolly Bob: (whispers to Duckbone) Curse that bearded jackal.
    Blackbeard: (in the distance) I heard that!
  • Bald of Awesome: Dumas
  • Big Damn Kiss: Jack and Lily share one just before she leaves. Once her legs go back to being a tail and she's forced to go back to the ocean.
  • The Big Guy: Dumas for the heroes, Duckbone for the villains.
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  • Big Eater: Duckbone, not sure he actually thinks of anything else.
  • Blood Knight: Gwyn seems a bit too eager to cut people up.
  • Brawn Hilda: Gwyn
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Everybody, heroes and villains alike.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Duckbone, full stop.
  • The Comically Serious: Blackbeard.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: For Jack Carlisle.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Lily, she seems to prefer going barefoot when human. Not bothering to wear shoes during the whole movie.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Duckbone, Supperstein and Jolly Bob, unlike Blackbeard are not really very keen to kill either Morgan's crew or Jack (except Jolly Bob). They're not very evil either, seemingly following Blackbeard's orders more out of fear than loyalty.
  • Epic Fail: Almost every single time Supperstein even attempts to wield his sword in a fight.
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  • Fate Worse than Death: Blackbeard, being turned into gold will ruin your whole day.
  • Fish out of Water: Lily is a near-literal example.
  • French Jerk: Supperstein, at least I think he's French...
  • Friend to All Living Things: Lily, even the trees love her. An ability she's able to weaponize later in the film.
    • It also comes in handy when she and Jack are kidnapped by Blackbeard. A trail of standing leaves points Morgan and his crew in the direction they're heading.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Gwyn exposes Supperstein's polka dot underwear during their sword duel. (If you want to call it that), and shamelessly laughs about it.
  • Glamour Failure: The tree that magically creates food in order to lure people close can only work on one person at a time. For instance, Jack and Duckbone were both fooled (it made pizza for Jack and turkey legs for Duckbone) but since Jolly Bob wasn't hungry at the time, he wasn't tricked by the tree and got Duckbone away from it.
  • I'm Not Hungry: Non-villain example, Jack refuses the dinner Lucretia made as he's playing a Game Boy (while sitting at the dinner table no less).
  • Improbable Weapon User: Jack Carlisle, using bubble gum.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Morgan says this to Dumas and Gwyn when it seems they'll drown while the three of them are buried up to their necks in sand.
  • Killed Off for Real: Blackbeard
  • Large Ham: Blackbeard.
  • Living Statue: The statue guardian that animates and attacks both Jack's group and the pirates.
  • Lovable Coward: Duckbone, Supperstein and Jolly Bob, more so Duckbone than the others.
  • MacGyvering: Special mention has to be made of Jack's hand-built booby-traps made from some of the random items in his "magic" bag. Such as his music player playing taking Blackbeard and his men off guard with its loud music, and his squirt gun being turned into a tree-sap shooter trap.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Duckbone (oddly enough) has a natural talent for voice impersonation.
  • Not a Game: "This is all your dreams come true." How Lucretia describes the Magic Island book.
  • Obviously Evil: Blackbeard.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: In this film a mermaid gets one free wish when they save someone from drowning, three guesses what Lily wishes for.
  • Parental Abandonment: Jack feels like he's been abandoned by both his parents, at first.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Lily the Mermaid, but she doesn't have it as bad as some mermaids. She's just a little curious about what it's like to be human at first.
  • Pirate Girl: Gwyn
  • Pirate Parrot: Subverted, no birds this time around.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Jolly Bob often calls Gwyn the "woman" and a "wench" in an insulting tone, though he does seem to respect her at the same time.
    Jolly: (after Gwyn punches him in the face and leaves) Damn she's good!
  • Portal Book: The book "Magic Island" given to Jack by Lucretia, which transports him to said island.
  • "Reading Is Cool" Aesop
  • Rebel Prince: Morgan is a prince of England, he and his uncle (King George) aren't on the best of terms at the moment.
  • Rescue Romance: Lily saves Jack from drowning. Then he saves her when she turns back into a mermaid at the worst possible moment.
  • The Runaway: Jack, who wants to leave home because his mother seems to not care about him anymore. Lucretia catches him in the act and tries to convinces him that such is not true. Jack fits the "circus runaway" trope.
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  • Sticky Fingers: Gwyn, taking Jack's book.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: One of the first things Jack does upon meeting Morgan, Gwyn and Dumas is offer them some bubble gum.
  • Those Two Guys: More like, those villains three.
  • True Companions: Morgan, Gwyn and Dumas.
  • 0% Approval Rating: After Blackbeard's rather "unpleasant" demise none of his former crew raise much of a fuss about him, understandable really.


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