Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981)

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

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Grendel'll get you!


Animation | Fantasy





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August 1981 (USA)  »

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Grendel, Grendel, Grendel  »

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The Australian DVD sleeve notes state that this movie is a "cult tale [which] is a part re-telling of the epic poem Beowulf, told from the perspective of the great monster Grendel. Revisionist in part, it presents the other side of the story, the tale of a contemplative monster desperate to find meaning in life." 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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Without qualification, among the best animated features ever made
30 August 2002 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

In the technical sense this is "limited" animation - the handful of animators (just four are credited) charged with bringing the story to life restrict themselves, when they can, to less than the full 24 frames per second, and often use all manner of cunning tricks to avoid having to animate at all. But the animation is emphatically NOT limited in any other sense. Neither the story, nor the world, nor the characters' freedom to move and breathe and think, has been constricted in any way; the animation (like the artwork generally) is simply GOOD, and there's an end to it. If your experience of "limited" animation is "South Park", you can be forgiven for thinking that "limited" is just a polite synonym for "bad", since "South Park" looks crude and awkward and just plain awful even when compressed to fit the tiniest of TV screens. But the glorious animation of "Grendel Grendel Grendel" expands to fill a wide cinema screen with no effort whatever.

To be blunt, "Grendel Grendel Grendel" is among the best animated features ever made: funny, sad, tense, relentlessly intelligent, what have you. If I say that there's a dragon who makes veiled allusions to Wittgenstein, that might convey something of the film's flavour; on the other hand, you might suspect this to be a sample of the kind of pointless eccentricity which film-makers (animators in particular) indulge in so that they won't be accused of being mainstream, and for no other reason. Not a bit of it. The film doesn't make a single false move or strike a single false note: every joke flows naturally out of its surroundings, and the film seems to be doing nothing so much as taking a healthy, childlike delight in its (surprisingly rich) material. I'm not saying this because I'm Australian. I'm as surprised that an animated movie this good was made in Australia, as anyone else. I'm even more surprised (despite the fact that it WAS made in Australia) that it's relatively unknown. You owe it to yourself to see it.

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