These are completely separate stories with hundreds of characters who all look alike--it's impossible to remember who's who most of the time! The structure is equally difficult, arranged into TV-like episodes that lurch clumsily from scene to scene. It's mostly hand-drawn animation that alternates between jerky simplicity and sumptuous beauty. This wouldn't matter at all if the story were stronger. But it leaps around, making no logical sense time-wise and playing everything so seriously that it's almost laughable as a result, complete with a corny safe-sex message, despite the presence of a fairly graphic animated adultery scene. In fact, there's a heavily moralistic tone throughout, with lots of gruesome violence as the bad guys get what they deserve! And you also wonder about the target audience, as it's far too violent and sexy for young kids who usually watch animated fairy tales. It's just a pity the script isn't stronger, because this could have been an intriguing and fascinating film.
dir Derek Hayes|
scr Martin Lamb, Penelope Middleboe
with Matthew Rhys, Daniel Evans, Jenny Livsey
voices Ioan Gruffudd, Paul McGann, Philip Madoc, Lisa Palfrey, Sian Rivers, Richard Mylan, Paul Rhys, Clare Isaac
release UK 27.Jun.03
Heroics: Evans, Rhys and Livsey, below.
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