Berkeley Beetle
Berkely Beetle
Background information
Feature films Thumbelina
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Gilbert Gottfried (speaking)
Randy Crenshaw (singing)
Akira Kamiya (Japanese)
Wolfgang Ziffer (German)
Enrique Mederos (Spanish)
Preben Kristensen (Danish)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Berkely Beetle
Other names The Beetle
Mr. Beetle
Personality Self-absorbed, gentlemanly, polite, well-bred, civilized, strange, silly, sneaky, insecure, clever, shrewd, devious, sarcastic, scornful and unkind.
Appearance Very slender beetle, light blue skin, moustahce, black top hat, suit with a purple interior. Carries a gold cane.
Occupation Leader of the Beetle Band
Thumbelina's "toots"
Grundel Toad's henchman
Alignment Neutral, later Good
Nationality French
Goal To help Grundel find Thumbelina
Allies Grundel, Mr. Mole
Minions his band
Enemies Thumbelina, Prince Cornelius
Likes women, beautiful women, money, balls
Dislikes Ugly women, losing his wings, Grundel beating him
Powers and abilities
Weapons cane
Fate Is defeated underground; later got his wings back and is seen resuming his job during the credits
Quote "Hiya, toots!"
"Once ice cold prince, coming up! Where do you want him?"
"Mole? Are you out of your mind? I’m not going down there. Do you know what that guy does to beetles? Do you have any idea what he does? He stuffs them. He stuffs them and he pins them on his walls!"

The Beetle (or known as Mr. Beetle and Berkely Beetle) is the secondary antagonist in Thumbelina, though he is somewhat a neutral character, as he is first showing good manners to the heroine and he only helps Grundel Toad because the latter often blackmails him gentlemen.


Physical Appearance


Berkely is somewhat neutral, as he was showing good manners to Thumbelina and he only helps Grundel because the latter often blackmails him.

Role in Film


Beetle courts Thumbelina, as in the original story, and abducts her to a club and disguises her as a bug. However, once the other bugs find her ugly as she is human, he lets the other bugs change his opinion of her and he throws her out. He runs into the toad Grundel, who is tracking her to the last place she was at, and blackmails Beetle into working for him. The deal is, they find Cornelius, and if he is dead, then he can help him to find Thumbelina. As a means of bribery and prevention of escape, Grundel rips out the beetle's wings.

As autumn quickly becomes winter, the beetle and his team find Cornelius frozen underwater. When he finds Grundel, he is pleased that the prince is dead. But he still had to find Thumbelina. When he told Grundel about her being forced to marry Mr. Mole, he told Grundel to rescue her but he had to come along. He was terrified at this and pointed out that Mr. Mole kills beetles, stuffs them and pins them to his wall, but he goes along anyway. In the climax, Berkeley tries to catch Thumbelina for Grundel as she leaves the wedding. But when the Fairy Prince arrived - Grundel is enraged that Berkeley failed to kill him, and knocks the Beetle out by humorously bashing his head in and battles Cornelius. In the credits, he returned to his normal, popstar life and got his wings back.


Warner Bros. Entertainment Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Berkely Beetle.


  • Gilbert Gottfried, the Beetle's voice, also did the voice of Iago from Disney's Aladdin.
  • Berkely's last name is Beetle.
  • Berkely's weapon is a cane.

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Films: ThumbelinaVideo

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ThumbelinaPrince CorneliusMotherJacquimoKing Colbert and Queen TabithaHeroLi'l Bee, Gnatty, & Baby BugBerkely BeetleMr. MoleMs. FieldmouseGrundelMrs. ToadMozo and GringoMrs. Rabbit and Mr. FoxReverend RatMr. BearThe Farm Animals
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