Robin Robin is the latest stop-motion animation from Aardman Studios, from which came Nick Park’s creations Wallace And Gromit, plus many more; and this time, they’re on Netflix!
An egg falls from the tree, bounces off a couple of toadstools, and into a lilypad on a river, before finally settling safely on the other side of the river, and is taken in by a family of mice… leading to Robin, who wants a sandwich, which leads to…
Before long, the mice – and our Robin – sneak into someone’s house to steal leftovers, including other morsels and crumbs for a later feast; and as someone who had a rodent sneak in through the broken dryer vent (which I didn’t realise was broken at the time), and was then plagued by the damn thing for far too long, that does give me the heebee geebees for a bit. In the end, after trying various traps – to no avail – I put down some of my warfarin tablets, it ate one, and then was dead within 24 hours. Sadly, it crawled under the lounge floorboard to die, and the smell was pungent for 2-3 weeks. Still, at least the bloody thing was dead. Just open a window…
But Robin has other problems of his own, in that he can’t fly; before being chased by a cat, voiced by Gillian Anderson, giving it her best ‘Margaret Thatcher’, following her brilliant performance in The Crown.
However, also on his side is a magpie, voiced by Richard E Grant, and this leads to a 30-minute animation which is very sweet, and brilliantly done – as always from Aardman, and is sure to become a definite Christmas favourite.
Thanks to our friends at Netflix for the screener prior to release.
Robin Robin is not available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but is on Netflix from Wednesday November 24th.
Running time: 30 mins per episode
Release date: November 24th 2021
Directors: Dan Ojari, Mikey Please
Producer: Helen Argo
Creators: Dan Ojari, Mikey Please
Writers: Dan Ojari, Mikey Please, Sam Morrison
Music: Ben Please, Beth Porter
Robin: Bronte Carmichael
Magpie: Richard E Grant
Cat: Gillian Anderson
Dad Mouse: Adeel Akhtar
Dink: Amira Macey-Michael
Pip: Tom Pegler
Flynn: Endeavour Clutterbuck
Flin: Megan Harris
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