The Princess and the Goblin

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The Princess and the Goblin is a children's fantasy novel written by George MacDonald in 1872. It was made into a full-length animated film in 1992 by József Gémes, and was jointly animated in Hungary and Wales.

When a peaceful kingdom is menaced by an army of monstrous goblins, a brave and beautiful princess joins forces with a resourceful peasant boy to rescue the noble king and all his people. The lucky pair must battle the evil power of the wicked goblin prince armed only with the gift of song, the miracle of love, and a magical shimmering thread.

As the novel is in the public domain it can be read for free here, on this very wiki. A sequel, The Princess and Curdie, was written in 1883, and can be read here.

Tropes used in The Princess and the Goblin include:

The movie also has examples of

  • Adults Are Useless: The amount of creatures the guards manage to prevent getting into the castle can be counted on one hand, including Curdie. Not to mention Lootie constantly loses Irene, and nobody believes her about her great-grandmother or the goblins.
  • Non Sequitur Scene: A minor example, but after Irene and Curdie have escaped the goblin caves, the first thing Irene says is, "Look, Curdie! The moon!" and both of them burst out laughing. It's as hilarious as it is random.
  • Captain Obvious

Curdie: It's like a village... a goblin village. Whoa... this must be where the goblins live!

  • Cats Are Mean: Completely subverted by Irene's cat, Turnip, who is one of her most loyal companions, but played straight by one of the goblin's pets, a fork-tailed demonic cat creature.
  • Cute Kitten
  • Disney Villain Death: Froglip, and a good number of other goblins via the Inevitable Waterfall.
  • Gainaxing: The Goblin Queen.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When the goblins invade, many of the servants (including Lootie) are obviously drunk. Also, once of the goblins licks Lootie when they capture the servants.
    • Also, when Curdie tells Irene to stay in her room while he deals with the goblins, she locks herself in, only to realise Froglip managed to sneak in. He jumps at her, she screams and the camera fades to black. When Curdie returns to Irene's room, the place is utterly trashed and there's no trace of her.
    • Froglip pleading with his mother to let him deal with Curdie when the goblins capture him involve him saying, "I could do such nasty things to him!"
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Irene's great-great grandmother. Help the fact she's voiced by Claire Bloom.
  • Incessant Chorus: "A Spark Inside Us" in the movie, various playful poems in the book. It's a song about singing, but it helps that singing is a highly effective weapon.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: One is formed after the castle is flooded.
  • Large Ham: Prince Froglip. Being voiced by Rik Mayall, this was bound to happen.
  • Made of Iron: Curdie can survive falling down a cave without a scratch, but when he falls down the stairs he's unconscious.
  • Momma's Boy: The Goblin Prince is constantly doted and praised by his goulish mother.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Irene.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The King instantly believes Irene about the goblins.
  • Speech Impediment: The Goblin prince has a wet lisp who sprays saliva over everyone.
  • Staircase Tumble: How Curdie hurts his leg. (In the book he's hit by a crossbow.)
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: The few guards that defend the castle are so grossly incompetent that it makes one wonder how the kingdom has managed to last so long under their protection.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite the fact that their feet are their weak spot, only one goblin in the entire film ever thinks to wear shoes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Curdie grabbing a sword and joining the guards to fight the goblins, and Irene going to the caves to rescue Curdie by herself.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Goblins hate and are utterly repelled by singing (even their pets), and this allows the humans to drive back their forces.
  • You Didn't Ask: After narrowly escaping the tunnels full of evil goblins, Irene wants to kiss Curdie to thank him for saving her life, but they are interrupted by Lootie.

Lootie: (hollering insistently from the castle grounds) Princess Irene!!!
Curdie: "Princess?!" You didn't tell me you were a princess!
Irene: You didn't ask.