|“||I CRUSH FAIRY PRINCE!||„|
|“||Fairy Prince? No! You killed him!||„|
|~ Grundel's last words.|
Grundel Toad, also simply known as Grundel is the main antagonist of Don Bluth's sixth animated feature film Thumbelina. He is Thumbelina and Prince Cornelius' arch-nemesis.
He was voiced by the late Joe Lynch in his last film role.
Grundel plots to capture and marry Thumbelina and defeat his three other competitors for her affection, those being Berkeley Beetle (whom he pulls the wings off of to make sure he helped find her), Mr. Mole, and the Fairy Prince Cornelius.
In the climax, Grundel fights Cornelius with a torch. Grundel knocks him out and disarms him, but Cornelius grabs his leg and they both fall through the chasm in Mr. Mole's mysterious tunnel.
In the credits, he is seen in the book having survived the fall with a broken leg and married to a female toad.
- Grundel was Joe Lynch's final film role before his retirement in 1994 (the same year as the film's release) and death on August 1, 2001.
- In one book, Grundel and Berkeley are shown to fight Cornelius, until they give up and run away. This is different from the film, in which the toad bashes the beetle's head in, and eventually tumbles off the tunnel bridge to the chasm below, taking the prince with him.
- Even though Mr. Mole proved to be the bigger threat, Grundel was the main antagonist because he was the immediate threat that Thumbelina had to face.
- His real age is unknown, but the actor providing his voice was around 68 years old at the time.