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YMMV / The Magic Voyage

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  • Americans Hate Tingle: In Germany this film was rather well-received. Americans seem to hate it though.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • There are several good examples, but especially the dream sequence and the song Columbus sings on the accordion.
    • The song from the beginning of the movie counts as well. It starts out as an average Power of Friendship song... until a woman selling pies, a random kid, and a horse get their own verses, too.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Columbus at times
  • Critical Research Failure: The ending implies that Columbus landed in what would become New York, when a cursory glance through any history book will tell you it was the Caribbean. To make matters more confusing, the geography, climate and local culture seems to be far more similar to Central America.
  • Cult Classic: While it is seen as a bad film, it has developed a great enough cult following to warrant a DVD release.
  • Fight Scene Failure: In the palace, there is a terrible fight scene where a few of the Swarm Lord's minions try to grab the Princess while Pico swings back and forth on a rope.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: If you've read the 5th edition Tyranid codex, at any rate. The bad guy in this movie is called the Swarm Lord. The Swarm Lord.
  • Narm: Pretty much any time the movie tries to be serious thanks to its awful animation and bizarre voice acting.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Some of the images in Columbus' dream are a little too bizarre for their own good. Including one part where he seemingly pulls a telescope out of his crotch.
    • The Swarm Lord can be pretty unsettling at times, especially when he's attacking the ship.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Between the ludicrous historical inaccuracy, slapdash dub and clichéd characters, it loops back around and becomes a fun experiment in deciphering just who in their right mind thought any of this was a good idea. It does have positive reviews from some fond nostalgic viewers, nonetheless. The original version was actually well-received in its native Germany, where its flaws were evidently considered charming more than anything else.
  • Values Dissonance: Portraying Christopher Columbus as a goofy good guy is bad enough as it is, but the white saviour narrative made the plot alien to the sensibilities of Americans at the time and modern Germans nowadays.
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  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Aside from multiple instances of suggestive imagery and innuendos (most infamously the penis telescope), the film also contains an attempted hanging and a surprisingly graphic near drowning, both entirely onscreen. Also, a possible attempt on Columbus' life that was suggested by the evil adviser when he comes back and a mutiny that is played seriously. Also there is a scene where it looks as if Christopher Columbus and the Queen are drunk.


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