Baron Munchfozzen

Baron Munchfozzen

Baron Munchausen is a popular literary character known for his often fantastic adventures. Inspired by an actual German baron in the 19th century (Karl Friedrich Hieronymous von Münchhausen) who had a reputation as a raconteur telling stories about his life as a soldier and huntsman, the tales were collected in various collections before and after his death, with other legends and fables attached to his name.

However, the Baron Munchausen of literature truly developed under Rudolf Eric Raspe, in a 1785 novel which took the Baron into the field of tall tales and impossible feats. Widely translated and expanded upon, the Baron's claims included riding on cannonballs and traveling to the Moon. His name was also used for Munchausen Syndrome, a factitious disorder in which a person feigns illness for attention.

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Connections

  • Georges Atlas voiced characters in the French animated projects Les fabuleuses aventures du légendaire Baron de Munchausen (1979 film) and Le Secret des Sélénites (1982, TV)
  • David Alan Barclay puppeteered the King of the Moon sequence in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Geoff Felix puppeteered the King of the Moon sequence in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Bill Paterson played Henry Salt in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Jonathan Pryce played Horatio Jackson in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Jack Purvis played Jeremy and Gustavis in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Kiran Shah played the executioner's assistant in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Alison Steadman played Daisy in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Uma Thurman played Venus and Rose in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
  • Peter Ustinov narrated, as the Baron, the record album Baron Munchausen: Eighteen Truly Tall Tales (1972)
  • Robin Williams played the King of the Moon in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988 film)
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