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David Copperfield (1993)

TV Movie  |   |  Family, Animation  |  10 December 1993 (USA)
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An animated version of the classic David Copperfield story. Filled with music, color, and anthropomorphic versions of the classic characters.

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Agnes (voice)
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Mealy (voice)
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Mr. Micawber (voice)
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Aunt Betsey (voice)
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Murdstone (voice)
Sonja Ball ...
The Cheesemonster (voice)
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Chief Guard (voice)
Kathleen Fee ...
Peggotty / The Bird (voice)
Susan Glover ...
Mrs. Micawber (voice)
A.J. Henderson ...
Murdstone's Driver (voice)
Arthur Holden ...
Doctor (voice)
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An animated version of the classic David Copperfield story. Filled with music, color, and anthropomorphic versions of the classic characters.

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Charles Dickens' David Copperfield  »

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Murdstone: There's no reason we can't control the world's cheese market!
Mr. Grimby: There isn't?
Murdstone: No one can make cheese cheaper than Murdstone... and Grimby.
Mr. Grimby: No one's thought of using free labour.
Murdstone: Oh, others think of it, we do it!
[scoffs]
Murdstone: If only there wasn't the rent to pay.
Mr. Grimby: If only.
Murdstone: We'd have all the money we need to expand.
Mr. Grimby: [rubbing his stomach] Expand? I love expanding! Except...
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Version of Le théâtre de la jeunesse: David Copperfield (1965) See more »

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Something's Gonna Turn Up
Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Performed by Julian Lennon and Joseph Marcell
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Admittedly obscure, but surprisingly entertaining animated film
28 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I didn't even know about this version until a few days ago, and when I did hear of it I was sceptical. Would an animated film with animals as the characters of Dickens's wonderful book work? So I watched it. For those who love the book and expecting a faithful adaptation, I suggest you look elsewhere like the TV version with Daniel Radcliffe, Ian McKellen, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. This version of David Copperfield is a condensed one, and those who would read the book and see this will probably say the only resemblance to the book are the characters, which to some extent is true.

That said, on its own merits David Copperfield(1993) is surprisingly entertaining if admittedly obscure. The pacing sags a bit in the middle and I didn't care for Betsy Trotwood's(who is merely more than a 10 minute screen time or so cameo) song. Flaws aside, the traditional animation is nice and colourful and the character designs are really quite good. The music was a surprise, with exception of one, the songs especially "Is There Anyone" are very nice and the background scoring is memorable too. The characters are fine-David is likable, Agnes is beautiful and innocent, Mr Micawber is humorous and wise and Murdstone is a villain through and through- while the script has its fair share of humour and poignancy. What elevates the film most though is the voice acting, Julian Lennon and Sheena Easton are earnest and effective enough but the real kudos goes to Michael York who is superb as Murdstone.

All in all, obscure and not so faithful but definitely worth watching if you are willing to see the film on its own merits. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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