The Magic Voyage is a 1992 German animated fantasy film, released theatrically in Germany as Die Abenteuer von Pico und Columbus (English: The Adventures of Pico and Columbus) by Bavaria Film in 14 February 1992. The film was later dubbed in English and released in the United States and Canada. Two English dubs were actually produced. The first one was a rare English dub by Atlas Film, while the second English dub was released by Hemdale Film Corporation as The Magic Voyage on 25 April 1993 with a new and more well-known voice cast. Both English versions also had different music soundtracks and different translations. It was produced and directed by Michael Schoemann.
Christopher Columbus decides to go on a journey to prove that the Earth is not flat. His companion is a smart woodworm named Pico, who's on a quest of his own: to save a beautiful fairy princess named Marilyn from the evil Lord Swarm and his insect army.
Why it Sucks
- Cheap introduction.
- inconsistently drawn animation.
- Awful and annoying voice acting.
- Characters that just won't shut the hell up, due to how the dialogue is fast-paced with little to no pauses between lines (only in the Hemdale version, for the Atlas version had less of an issue than the Hemdale one).
- There's three rats that serve no purpose other than being filler for the film.
- Bob the Beaver is very pointless as he only shows up near the end of the film.
- Marilyn (Pico's love interest) is an obvious rip-off of Tinkerbell.
- Pico knows that the world is round, despite that fact that he's just a little woodworm, and not to mention that everyone knew it was round in that timeline (then again, he said he use to be a BOOKworm, and this film was made for kids).
- Poor grasp of the source material, like how there are magic fairies and an evil insect lord in a historic timeline and how the Native Americans were honoring the Swarm Lord by building a golden temple for them (then again, it is a kids' film).
- A very pointless romance between Columbus and the Queen.
- Overused loud noises that will get on your last nerve.
- Confusing dream scenes of the two protagonists.
- At the beginning of the film there's an adviser (who clearly looks evil) who tells the king not to trust Christopher Columbus. You'd think that he would be an antagonist of the film, but he's not as he shows up once at the beginning and at a scene where Columbus is about to set sail to find land and is never seen or heard of again. The only antagonist is actually the Swarm Lord. The Nostalgia Critic called him "a total waste of animation" whilst doing a fake Italian accent.
- Very lazy fight scenes.
- Poorly written story.
- Forgettable songs (only in the Hemdale version).
- Some scenes are too inappropriate and/or dark for kids (In Columbus's dream scene, he pulls a telescope out of his crotch, and the next scene shows Columbus almost getting hanged when the crew can't see land)
- False advertisement: From the box art, you'd think Christopher Columbus would be the main character, but he's actually not. The real main character is Pico (Actually, the original name of the film is "The Adventures of Pico and Columbus", so there's that).
- Bad lipsyncing. Due to the fact that this was a German film dubbed in English, most of the time, characters are talking when their mouths aren't open. Even the rare English-language dub doesn't do that.
- Really dumb characters. For example, when Pico told Marilyn (his love interest) to get out of the honeycomb tower the first time, she did nothing other then just sit there in the same spot (but follows Pico after he tells her again). The Nostalgia Critic thought she was too busy laughing.
- Marilyn ( Pico's love interest) is useless in the film and doesn't have much of a personality.
In the Nostalgia Critic's review of the film, he criticized the voice acting, animation and story, with special criticism being reserved for the random loud noises throughout the movie.
In Electronic Heroes' review of the film, he criticized the random scenes, pointless characters coming out of nowhere, no real story focus and characters speaking over each other. He did give the movie some praise for being different, though.