Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981)

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This is an animated story covering the ancient legend of Beowulf, as narrated in a Monty Pythonesque way by Grendel himself, the "monster" in the legend.


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Complete credited cast:
Grendel (voice)
Keith Michell ...
The Shaper (voice)
Arthur Dignam ...
The Dragon / Beowulf (voice)
Ed Rosser ...
King Hrothgar (voice)
Bobby Bright ...
Ric Stone ...
Unferth (voice)
Ernie Bourne ...
Rho Schepisi ...
Colin McEwan ...
Alison Bird ...
Barry Hill ...
Peter Aanensen ...
Jack Brown ...
Julie McKenna ...


This is an animated story covering the ancient legend of Beowulf, as narrated in a Monty Pythonesque way by Grendel himself, the "monster" in the legend.

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Grendel'll get you!





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August 1981 (USA)  »

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Second full-length Australian animated feature film after Marco Polo Jr. (1972) which had been made and released around nine years earlier. In between also had been the mixed animated and live action Australian film Dot and the Kangaroo (1977). See more »


Beowulf: Rodgar...
King Hrothgar: Hrothgar!
Beowulf: Yes, of course. You sit here prehaps. My companions, I see, have made their own arrengements and I... shall sit here: By the door, to protect you all from monsters.
Priest: God protects us from monsters!
Beowulf: Ah! Then it seems he must be falling down on the job, ey? Not to worry. I am here now, to help him out.
Priest: Heresy!
Beowulf: I always say: Never discuss religion or politics over dinner. Bad for the digestion.
Priest: If the monster claims lives it's God's will! You speak heresy!
Beowulf: Heresy is determined by...
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Excellent film
15 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a terrific film. Great story and compelling animation all told from the view point of the monster Grendel. There is drama and humor mixed with a retelling of the ancient tale of Beowulf. Grendel becomes a very sympathetic character, his fate tragic. The humans in this story are nowhere near as compassionate as the monster. And it becomes a study in how inhuman man is, especially to himself.

Animation lovers must see this film. I don't know the availability of this film in the states as I haven't seen this for at least 10 years. Nor have I seen this available on VHS. So if you find it, rent it or buy it. It really is that good.

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