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)
ProducerBritt Allcroft
Running time10 minutes
Production companiesThe Britt Allcroft Company
Quality Family Entertainment
Original networkITV (Children's ITV)
Original release22 September 1994 (1994-09-22) –
6 October 1998 (1998-10-06)

Magic Adventures of Mumfie is a British animated children's television series and movie, inspired by the works of Katharine Tozer (1907-1943) with an original music score containing more than 22 songs. The series was created by Britt Allcroft, the creator of Thomas & Friends and its US debut, Shining Time Station, produced by The Britt Allcroft Company (then renamed to Gullane Entertainment, now owned by Mattel Television) 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, as part of The Fox Cubhouse.[1] The show also aired in the US as part of Ready Set Learn. 79 episodes were produced.[2]


Main article: List of Magic Adventures of Mumfie episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 September 22, 1994 December 15, 1994
Specials 2 December 23, 1995 December 24, 1996
2 26 August 24, 1998 September 8, 1998
3 40 September 9, 1998 October 6, 1998



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Tozer's novels are:

They 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 Children's ITV block of UK's ITV network in 1994 and has since been broadcast in other countries, including the United States (on Fox Kids), Canada, Australia, France, Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, Japan, and Israel.

The screen library consists of Series 1 (originally a 13x10 minute serial, later edited into the movie length epic story Mumfie's Quest), the Holiday Special Mumfie's White Christmas 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, 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.

Prospective reboot

Main article: Mumfie (2021 series)

In May 2014, Britt Allcroft stated that she had begun production on a reboot of Mumfie.[3] In July 2015, it was revealed that the kids' division of Zodiak Entertainment, which was behind shows such as Zack & Quack and Totally Spies!, had begun development of the show, with Britt Allcroft Productions.[4]

In 2020, the series was announced to premiere in 2021, and would be animated by Italian animation studio Animoka. The series, which is now set on an island named Flutterstone, has new designs for pre-existing characters from the original series to make them look more in line with Tozer's books (including Mumfie being shorter, with a smaller trunk and ears and actual hands and Pinkey now having a flower near her left ear) as well as new characters such as a jellyfish named Jelly Bean (who, due to the new setting, replaces Scarecrow as a central character) and a crocodile named King Kaleb (to whom the Black Cat is now the advisor of).[5] In 2022, it was announced that the series had been pre-sold to many networks overseas, including the original broadcaster, ITV.[6]

Home 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 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, and Pinkey's First Winter.

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",[7] while the New York Daily News described the show as "gentle, smart and beautifully animated".[citation needed]

Video game

An edutainment game based on animated series of same name, was released for the Sega Pico in 1995 and was developed and published by Konami[citation needed].


  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. ^ Tilton, Sarah (21 May 2014). "House of the Day: Love at First Sight in Santa Monica". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 August 2022..
  4. ^ "Zodiak Kids, Britt Allcroft to redevelop Mumfie". Kidscreen. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Zodiak Kids Secures Commission for New 'Mumfie' Series". Animation Magazine. 24 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Mumfie Secures a Herd of Sales". 15 June 2022.
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