Today: May 17, 2024

Robin Robin

Doctor Who, Carols from Kings, the Queen’s Speech, falling asleep, replete, in front of the Bond movie. There are some things that are absolutely essential to Christmas-day viewing. 

Since the world was introduced to Wallace & Gromit in 1989, Aardman has established itself as a one of those essentials. And this year, the Bristol-based animation studio has come up with the perfect slice of festive fun.

Robin Robin premieres globally on Netflix on 24th November and—with cutsie characters, and a heart-warming story—that is sure to become a firm favourite with the little ones. 

When her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent. Robin sets off on the heist to end all heists to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse–but ends up discovering who she really is.

The 30-minute special features Bronte Carmichael as Robin—not quite a bird, and not quite a mouse, but full of determination to prove herself and maybe, just maybe, learn the sneaking skills to finally steal that leftover sandwich.

Adeel Akhtar is the ever-supportive Dad Mouse, a caring but cautious soul who is single-handedly raising a family of five children, one of whom happens to be an adopted bird.

Richard E Grant is laugh out loud as Magpie, an obsessive collector of shiny stuff who takes Robin under his ‘wing’, on what turns out to be a journey of self discovery for both of them. 

Gillian Anderson voices Cat, who exudes pantomime villainy, in every feline step.

While aimed at younger audiences, Robin Robin will never-the-less charm the whole family with its blend of bright and breezy visuals, silly songs, and upbeat message. 

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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