Robin Robin is the perfect holiday story if you wanted to tell a beautiful tale about how we celebrate our individuality and trash someone else's home with red wine, decorations, and all that jazz.
Robin Robin was created and directed by Dan Ojari and Mikey please through Wallace and Gromit studio Aardman Animations. It's a stop-motion film that is both beautiful and ambitious. However, it can be enjoyed all year. The 30-minute film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and will be available on Netflix in November. It is sure to be a holiday favorite for people of all ages.
Robin (BronteCarmichael), who had fallen in her egg nest, was raised by a mouse family. Their loving mouse dad, Adel Akhtar, leads them into homes, where they master the art of stealth and pilfering food crumbs. If you liked Fantastic Mr. Fox in this regard, you will love this. Robin is not as delicate as her family members and struggles with stealth. She also questions her place in the family.
Robin Robin is a stop motion film that is both beautiful and playful. This production, which is not made of plasticine but needle felt (a material that is not well-known for its malleability), is magical in its ambition. It features a snowball fight and an explosive fireworks display as well as a moving icy river. Robin Robin is an eye-opener, especially when the animals are sneakily taking over every frame.
You can see little Easter eggs in each scene if you pay attention. The mouse family home with its tree root buns and leaf blankets is filled with small bits and pieces that humans would throw away. It's a lot like the Grinch's house, but with less banana peels and general hate. It's beautifully orchestrated by The Bookshop Band from England, and includes a few memorable songs.
Carmichael, the Christopher Robin star, is charming as Robin. Robin is determined to be a "real mouse" like her family and makes adorable mouse ears out of her feathers. Robin is not content to steal crumbs, when she could be aiming for whole sandwiches to prove that she is worthy of the title of mousehood. She tries to invade a house by herself, and meets new characters along the way, namely Richard E. Grant and Gillian Anderson.
This sweet tale needs a villain. Anderson plays the classic bird/mouse nemesis Cat with a chilling performance. Anderson is not too frightening for children. She is lulling in her house of doom and sings a hilarious song about fitting in...her stomach. Cat literally says, "It's the inside that counts."
Grant, a magpie who collects all things shiny and is a new friend to Robin, steals the show. The first screening of Robin Robin was a huge success. It was dominated by Magpie's rendition of Robin's song about the rules for stealing, both grown-ups as well as children. Magpie also gets his song about loving THINGS, which is reminiscent Jermaine's Bowie-like "Shiny", as the villainous crab in Moana. It's also paired with "See My Vest" by Mr Burns from The Simpsons. It's there.
Robin Robin is an inspiring, beautiful, technical success, a moving tale of celebrating our individual strengths, and differences, and should be firmly installed on your holiday viewing rotation.
Robin Robin is now available on Netflix as of Nov. 27, 2018.