October 10, 2002
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Pop stars Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue are to provide voices for a new film version of children's television classic The Magic Roundabout.

Pathe Pictures, which will distribute the film, is confident it will rival the success of the animated film Chicken Run, which earned £30m in the UK.

The new movie is being directed by Dave Borthwick of Bolex Brothers.
posted by MintSauce (17 comments total)

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For fuck's sake. Why can't they just hire actors?

Actress Joanna Lumley will play good-natured bovine Ermintrude while Richard O'Brien, creator of the Rocky Horror Show, will take on the role of the spring-propelled Zebedee. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, will be Brian the snail.

That's more like it.
posted by Summer at 3:37 AM on October 10, 2002

Hey, Kylie Minogue was in Street Fighter.
posted by toddshot at 3:56 AM on October 10, 2002

You know this fpp sounds awfully like a plug for the film. Mintsauce are you involved with the film production in any way?

"And the focus of this debate is..."
posted by timyang at 4:05 AM on October 10, 2002

From Mr Sauce's 'blog:

'I'm a 20-something web developer of six years experience, based in Bristol, UK.
Currently on long term contract at Aardman Animations.'

Minty me ol' son...shouldn't the Chicken Run link should go to here instead of your employer's actual homepage. If we were supposed to self-link that is.

I call fowl (boom, boom).

And I'm not sure how many MeFites will be aware of the Magic Roundabout so a link here could be helpful too.

With regard to the actual story...blergh. NEW characters? Computer animation? Kylie 'crap shag' Minogue? I s'pose it is just another sign of aging that our childhood memories get done over like this.

The first time I went to a cinema was to see Dougal & the Blue Cat when I was 4. *sigh*
posted by i_cola at 4:44 AM on October 10, 2002

On the other hand, Tom "Dr. Who" Baker & Joanna Lumley are going to be in it...which more than makes up for the crappyness...
posted by unreason at 4:46 AM on October 10, 2002

May I echo the F.F.S. with three addenda:

1. Why can't they just shoot Robbie Williams and put him out of our misery?

2. We already have Dougal and the Blue Cat (the best parable on the evils of fascism for the under-10s I know of) and the books. The point of The Magic Roundabout (as opposed to La Manege Enchante, if you see what I mean) was Eric Thompson's odd vision (which this will no doubt dilute even further), currently unavailable according to this article apart from the glorious books. The Nigel Planer version, and no doubt this film, are a revisionist attempt to make The Magic Roundabout more like the I Love The Seventies lazy received opinion version of what it was supposed to be like. They'll be dubbing in actual "Seaman Staines" and "Roger the Cabin Boy"s to old episodes of Captain Pugwash next. Gah!

3. Real hardcore French cartoon insanity is to be found in Les Shadoks.
posted by Grangousier at 4:46 AM on October 10, 2002

Grangousier: Hear, hear
posted by i_cola at 4:55 AM on October 10, 2002

No I'm not involved with the film in anyway. Bolex Brothers, allthough situated in the same city as me, are direct competitors to Aardman. All the text in the post, if you care to check it, was from the BBC article.

So it's not a plug, no.

I_cola, your link breaks the site navigation .. so no to that too. (Here would of been better, I admit.)

Next? ;oP
posted by MintSauce at 5:05 AM on October 10, 2002

Um, not wanting to get into a slanging match, but you did link to aardman on the front page.

Tell that Nick Park to pull his finger out and make another film. It's just moving dolls, how difficult can it be?
posted by Grangousier at 5:29 AM on October 10, 2002

To save the discussion...Metatalk.
posted by i_cola at 5:31 AM on October 10, 2002

Sorry 'bout that...I meant Metatalk.
posted by i_cola at 5:33 AM on October 10, 2002

Actor Tom Baker, known by many for playing the fourth Doctor Who, will be the voice of new character ZeeBadee

Bright light at the end of a dark tunnel. The more Tom the better. That rich booming voice ... the madness ... as he would say on the subject ... 'I used to be a builder you know, and a monk, and I got to know Lalla Ward quite well ... aaaah .... I might get my entire life as a cassette ... have you read my book?'

Didn't see a mention for Nigel Planer anywhere -- he narrated the new series which was made sometime in the 1990s.

What I really want to know is what happened to the proposed Mr. Benn film with John Hannah as the aforementioned and Ben Kingsley as the shop keeper.
posted by feelinglistless at 5:39 AM on October 10, 2002

Grangousier, theres lots on its way, look on the site (I wont link myself ;o)
posted by MintSauce at 5:52 AM on October 10, 2002

I'm afraid to now, in case I violate something. Maybe later.

Was it the Bolex Brothers who did the ultra-low budget pixillated/animated movie about the janitors at a giant skyscraper department store, ending up blowing the whole thing up? It was on Channel 4 in the late 80s and I was too stoned at the time to pay that much attention to the credits. It's one of those things that if you know what it is you know and if not... well...

It was very good. Tom Thumb reminded me of it aesthetics-wise.

I'm more of a Quay Brothers man, myself, since they're our local surrealist stop-motion animation studio.
posted by Grangousier at 6:37 AM on October 10, 2002

They'll be dubbing in actual "Seaman Staines" and "Roger the Cabin Boy"s to old episodes of Captain Pugwash next. Gah!

The myth is that they don't exist - Not sure about 'Roger the Cabin Boy' but after years of dismissing such names as an urban myth, last year I watched a Pugwash video with my 3 year old son and was amazed to hear 'Seaman Staines' mentioned.
posted by niceness at 6:39 AM on October 10, 2002

Booiiinnggggg!!!! Time for bed, everyone._
posted by carter at 7:44 AM on October 10, 2002

Not sure about 'Roger the Cabin Boy'

I'm told he was 'Tom'...
posted by monkey closet at 7:54 AM on October 10, 2002

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