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"We hug and we kiss all as one, one for all and all for one!"
Gedda Carrot, The Fruit Basket

The Fruit Basket (also known as Ávaxtakarfan or Fruityland) is an Icelandic children's musical created by Kikka Sigurðardóttir. First performed in 1998, The Fruit Basket tells the story of eight (or nine) fruits who live together in a fruit basket. Immi Pineapple, who is the biggest of the fruits, is a cruel tyrant who plans to declare himself king of the entire fruit realm. Anyone who dares to disobey him is threatened with being thrown in the Rotting Hole. Poor Maeja Strawberry, the smallest fruit, is bullied by the other fruits and forced to clean up after everyone. Immi's plans are threatened when Gedda Carrot, a VEGETABLE, is accidentally placed in the fruit basket. The Fruit Basket was performed again in 2005 and in 2012 was adapted into a film, and to this day remains a favourite production for Icelandic schools.


The Fruit Basket contains examples of:

  • Big "WHAT?!": Immi when he finds out Gedda was not thrown in the rotting hole.
  • Catchphrase: FANDALAGGAHOJ!
    • “HEP TÚ HEP TÚ!”
  • The Cutie: Maeja, which makes the audience even sadder when the others treat her horribly.
    • Gedda is constantly cheery and optimistic despite being discriminated against for being a vegetable.
    • Palla and Poddi Pear could also count as they are children.
  • Dark Reprise: In the 2005 version, "Immi Best" has a VERY angry reprise appropriately titled "Immi Verst" (English: "Immi Worst"). Like "Immi Best", but with a LOT more shouting.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Mæja and Gedda, along with the others, stop Immi from becoming king. However, instead of forcing him to leave or throwing him in the rotting hole, they decide to forgive him and by the end everyone is friends.
  • Easily Forgiven: Immi is allowed to be friends with everyone in the basket despite never officially apologising.
    • Actually, nobody ever really apologises to Mæja or Gedda and yet they are all forgiven
  • Evil Is Bigger: Immi Pineapple is the biggest fruit in the basket. Mæja Strawberry, one of the heroes, is the smallest fruit in the basket.
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  • Evil Is Hammy: Immi Pineapple is the largest ham in the fruit realm (although he does have some competition)
  • Funny Background Event: In the 2005 version, when Immi is walking away from the other fruits to sulk after being mocked by the other fruits you can see Gedda attempt to leave the stage and crash right into Palla.
    • Not technically an event per se, but if you look at Guffi at any point in the 2005 stage show then he's likely to be making a hilarious facial expression.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Palla and Poddi Pear are twins and act exactly like each other, finishing each other's sentences and even having the same aspirations.
  • Happy Ending: Immi does not become king, the other characters forgive Immi, and everyone is friends! Too cute!
  • "I Am" Song: "Immi Best" definitely counts as this - "because I am Immi Best, as you can see, I intend to become king of the realm".
    • "Einmana" (English: "Lonely") also counts - "because I am so lonely"
    • "Speglasalurinn" (English: "Hall of Mirrors") - essentially a song about how Eva Orange is clearly the prettiest.
  • Incredibly Long Note: In "Speglasalurinn" (English: "Hall of Mirrors") from the 2005 stage play, Eva Orange hits the same high note for 12 seconds, seems to get stuck like that, and has to be slapped on the back by Palla Pear in order to make her stop.
  • In Name Only: The 2012 film could count as this, since the songs are in a different order (and sometimes sung by different characters) and various plot points have been changed.
  • "I Want" Song: "Einmana"(English: "Lonely") also counts as one of these - "I wish to have friends, I want it so"
    • “Vaxtalagið" (English: "Growing Song”), all about how the pears want to grow taller than a tree!
  • Not So Different: Gedda Carrot manages to get Eva Orange on her side by reminding her that they are both orange. Gedda points out that since she is made fun of for her colour, Eva could be made fun of as well.
  • Quarreling Song: "En Frábær Hugmynd" (English: "What A Good Idea")
  • Ship Tease: Immi Pineapple and Eva Orange are implied to be romantically linked somehow (at least in 2005), but it’s never specified whether it’s a full-blown relationship or just mutual crushes.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Mæja, a literal strawberry, is genuinely adorable.
  • Sudden Humility: Immi gets a taste of his own medicine when everyone in the Fruit Basket teases him and he is left alone. He finally realises how Mæja and Gedda felt this whole time.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Immi in the 2005 version does this A LOT.
    • Guffi is also prone to this in 2005.
  • Villainous Friendship: Immi and Guffi appear to be good friends.
  • Villain Song: "Immi Best"
    • "Immi Verst" (English: "Immi Worst"), in the 2005 version.

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