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The Magic Pudding is a 2000 animated film produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and directed by Karl Zwicky. It is based on the children's story of the same name written by Norman Lindsay. The movie tells of the journey taken by a young koala, Bunyip Bluegum, to find his missing parents and how along the way he is joined by three interesting individuals: Bill Barnacle, a wise but rough and hot-tempered seaman; Sam Sawnoff, a calm, compassionate talking penguin; and of course the titular character himself, Albert the Magic Pudding.


Tropes seen in The Magic Pudding include:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Bunyip Bluegum's quest to find his parents was invented for the movie to provide the story with some structure; in the book he just sets out to see the world with no particular aim in mind.
  • Alliterative Name: Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff.
  • Big Bad: Buncle
  • Big Eater:
    • Played With in that Albert, being an everlasting supply of food, expects everyone to eat him in extremely large amounts. He gets annoyed when it turns out they don't.
    • Buncle, in a very horrifying way.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Bunyip's adventure begins literally on the day he comes of age.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted for Buncle in the prologue. Hanging on for dear life from an icy precipice after trying to take the magic pudding for himself, the cliff starts sliding off of the mainland and crashing into the ocean, taking Buncle with it. He survives, swearing to get the pudding back.
    Buncle: I want...that...PUDDING!
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  • Face–Heel Turn: Buncle was a fellow shipmate, and possibly friend, of Bill and Sam in the prologue. Due to his Sanity Slippage in the time they are stranded on the Antartic ice, being accidentally left for dead after he fell into the icy waters of the ocean, and his mania to possess the titular pudding, he becomes the movie's central villain after the Time Skip.
  • Foreshadowing: When they are stranded in the Antarctic without food in the opening prologue, Buncle goes crazy and starts considering Sam as a potential dinner. Later on in the film, when his food supply runs dry...
    Buncle: I must have food. [smells the air] Those slaves are smelling good enough to eat.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: A regular habit of Bill and Sam's
  • Those Two Guys: The Pudding Thieves
  • Villainous Glutton: Buncle is this in spades.