Magic Adventures of Mumfie
Created byBritt Allcroft
Narrated byPatrick Breen
Music byLarry Grossman
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes79 (List of episodes)
Production
ProducerBritt Allcroft
Running time10 minutes
Production companiesThe Britt Allcroft Company
Quality Family Entertainment
Release
Original networkITV (CITV)
Original release22 September 1994 (1994-09-22) –
6 October 1998 (1998-10-06)
External links
Website

Magic Adventures of Mumfie is a British animated children's television series and movie, inspired by the works of Katharine Tozer, with an original music score containing more than 22 songs. The series was created by Britt Allcroft, the creator of Thomas & Friends and Shining Time Station, produced by The Britt Allcroft Company (now Gullane Entertainment, a subsidiary of HiT Entertainment) and Quality Family Entertainment, narrated by American actor Patrick Breen and directed by John Laurence Collins, Mumfie was first seen in the United States on FOX from 1995 to 1996 in airings of Storytime with Thomas, as part of The Fox Cubhouse.[1] 79 episodes were produced.[2]

Characters

The main character of the story, Mumfie is an elephant who lives in a little cottage in the woods. He always expects mail but never receives any. One day he decides to go on an adventure and the first thing he sees is a bird who asks if he can brighten up a dull tree.

When Mumfie first met Scarecrow he was always in a field not ever moving until he set on the quest with him. Scarecrow is with Mumfie in all episodes.

Starting her first appearance in a farm where other pigs bully her, Pinkey is upset because she misses her mother so Scarecrow and Mumfie help her out.

A mysterious, magical cat who riddles Mumfie as he proceeds his journey. Disappearing and reappearing the black cat helps Mumfie in ways he doesn't expect. She has a niece who is a grey kitty.

The villain of the story who wants the Queen of Night's jewel as his source of power to rule all.

Whale is Mumfie, Scarecrow and Pinkey's Friend who helps them to get to the island because instead of internal organs inside him he has a glamorous, luxury room set with portholes, hammocks, carpets and lights.

Pinkey wanted to see her mother with Mumfie and Scarecrow only to find that she didn't want her to get caught by the secretary.

At first a servant to the secretary Bristle is very strict about rules as he explains to Mumfie. When the secretary was defeated, he became loyal to the Queen of Night instead.

Napoleon is the bird who is kept a prisoner by the secretary. He had his feathers cut off a long time ago and, believing he couldn't fly anymore went into deep depression, until Pinkey made him understood after all these years they have grown back which persuades him to fly.

The queen was the ruler of the island which Mumfie goes to. She is undercover as the secretary wants her jewel to rule all. She is voiced by Britt Allcroft instead of Breen due to his inability to speak in a female voice.

These two married people were having a dream of living an underwater house (despite the fact that humans can't breathe underwater) until one day Mr Admiral was kidnapped by Davy Jones and his pirates which was a big blow to Mrs Admiral.

Mumfie first met Eel in the cave that lead them to the pirates and Davy Jones because she was glowing in the dark.

Davy Jones is the leader of the pirates (who lived in their underwater ship) when he left he decided to be whale's companion.

These pirates served Davy Jones when they kept Mr Admiral a prisoner until they became good guys.

Youare is the reindeer character with twisted antlers whose first appearance was in "Mumfie's White Christmas". Despite the fact that "You are?" was a question that was asked to him in Santa's stables, he assumed that was his name.

Production history

Tozer's novels were first adapted for television as Here Comes Mumfie, using puppetry, between 1975 and 1976 and broadcast on Independent Television (ITV) in the United Kingdom. Allcroft's newly created version, with an original musical score featuring 26 Broadway style songs, was broadcast on the UK's ITV network in 1994 and has since been broadcast in other countries, including the US (Fox Kids), Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, Finland, Japan and Israel.

The screen library consists of: Mumfie's Quest the movie length epic story, also broadcast as 13x10 minute serial, the Holiday Special Mumfie's White Christmas, plus Series 1 and Series 2 totaling 62 individual story episodes. After the sale of The Britt Allcroft Company in 2002, Mumfie became owned by HiT Entertainment. In 2009 Britt Allcroft bought back all the screen library, all the assets and underlying rights. Her family owned business, Britt Allcroft Productions LLV, recently announced a home entertainment distribution deal for the Mumfie screen library with Lionsgate for the U.S, U.K, Australia and many other parts of the world. They also had a partnership with United Talent Agency to handle all licensing for the Mumfie brand worldwide.

In 2015, it was announced that Zodiak Kids will produce a new animated Mumfie series with Britt Allcroft Productions.[3] The series will air in 2021 and will be animated by Italian animation studio Animoka. The series will have new characters such as a jellyfish and a crocodile.[4]

Critical reception

During its original run, Britt Allcroft's Magic Adventures of Mumfie received positive reviews from critics. The Chicago Tribune called the show "a moving work of art" while the New York Daily News describes the show as "gentle, smart and beautifully animated".

Other Media

VHS releases

# VHS name Release date Episode story
1 The Beginning of Things 24 October 1994 Includes: The Beginning of Things, A Whale of Discovery, Pinky's Mysterious Island, and Definitely Danger.
2 The Queen of the Night 7 November 1994 Includes: The Queen of Night, Bottom of the Ocean Blues and Sea of Surprises.

Even though a third release was advertised at the end of the second release, it never was released.

DVD releases

# DVD name Release date Episode story
1 Mumfie's Quest: The Movie 28 July 2014 Includes: "Mumfie's Quest: The Movie"
2 Mumfie's White Christmas 3 November 2014 Includes: Mumfie's White Christmas, Bristle's Holiday, Reindeers Keep Dropping On My Head,

Pinkey's First Winter.

Video games

A Edutainment game based on animated series of same name, was released for Picno on 1995 and was Developed and Published by Konami.

References

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. pp. 106–107. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 179. ISBN 9781476672939.
  3. ^ "Zodiak Kids, Britt Allcroft to redevelop Mumfie". Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Zodiak Kids Secures Commission for New 'Mumfie' Series". 24 November 2020.