Grundel Toad
Background information
Feature films Thumbelina
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Joe Lynch
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Pompous, selfish, sarcastic, spoiled, serious, paranoid, desperate, irritable, arrogant, grumpy, ruthless, unkind, snide, cold-hearted
Appearance Slender green toad, black mustache, almost white nightwear
Occupation Mrs. Toad's son and backup singer
Thumbelina's fiancé (formerly)
Berkeley Beetle's boss
Prince Cornelius's enemy
Alignment Bad, later neutral
Goal To find Thumbelina and marry her (failed)
Home The marsh
Relatives Mrs. Toad (mother)
Mozo Toad, Gringo Toad (brothers)
Allies Berkeley Beetle (formerly), Ms. Fieldmouse, Mr. Mole
Enemies Thumbelina, Prince Cornelius, Jacquimo, Li'l Bee, Gnatty, & Baby Bug
Likes Thumbelina's voice, flies, singing, scaring kids
Dislikes Being humiliated, laughed at, anyone wooing Thumbelina
Powers and abilities
Weapons Torch, his fists
Fate Survives the bad fall by a broken leg and is seen wooing another toad during the credits
Quote "I CRUSH fairy prince!"

Grundel was the main antagonist of Thumbelina.

He is the eldest of Mrs. Toad's sons who intends to marry Thumbelina (much to the latter's dismay). He was voiced by the late Joe Lynch in his final film after his retirement that same year and his death in 2001.


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Role in Film


Grundel plots to capture and marry Thumbelina and defeat his three other competitors for her: Berkeley Beetle (whom he pulls the wings off of to make sure he helped find her), Mr. Mole, and 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 into the bottomless pit in Mr. Mole's tunnel.

In the credits, he is seen in the book and married to a female toad.



  • Grundel was voiced by the late Joe Lynch in his final film after, his retirement that same year and his death in 2001.
  • Grundel is the eldest of Mrs. Toad's sons of the film Thumbelina.
  • His name is similar to Grendel from the Beowulf story only more into the humor and on a play.
  • He is also considered someone confused and not sure if he's in love with somebody.
  • He is similar to the main villain of Better Off Dead and is often considered a bully.
  • In one book, Grundel and Berkeley are shown to have fought Cornelius, until they give up and run away. This is different from the movie, in which the toad bashes the beetle's head in, and eventually tumbles off the tunnel bridge to his doom, 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.
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