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When I stumbled across the first episode of The Big Knights showing on BBC2
one Christmas, I knew I had discovered a real gem of British
"The Big Knights" introduces us to Sir Morris, and his brother Sir Boris, two well-meaning but dim-witted knights, who live in Castle Big with pets Sir Horace, their faithful dog, and Sir Doris, their gluttonous hamster. Each 10-minute episode follows the heroes as they deal with everything from dragons and vampires to who is going to make breakfast. Boris and Morris tackle every problem they meet with gusto, shouting, sword fighting and food aplenty, oblivious to the trail of destruction they inevitably leave in their wake. Set in the kingdom of Borovia, an out-of-time country where castles and villages sit amongst electricity pylons and television sets, the Big Knights do their best to serve the pompous King Otto.
What makes "The Big Knights" really stand out is its wonderful writing. In each episode we are presented with classic fairy tales, fables and Middle ages stereotypes turned on their heads to place the knights in any number of hilarious situations. One episode places the knights in a vampire's castle with only garlic-breath between themselves and peril, while another follows the heroes as they try to rescue two princesses from a tower by catapulting themselves to the top (without considering how they are to get down again). The bold, simplistic computer animation, styled after traditional paper cut-out animation, befits the series perfectly. This is supported by a superbly-selected voice talent, featuring well-known British comedians, actors and media figures.
"The Big Knights" is a treasure, a series that sparkles with wry humour and boisterous slapstick, and yet it remains relatively unknown, a great tragedy for a work that has been put together so well.
Truly a masterpiece - If only for the amazing voice of the amazing
Brian Blessed is one of my favorite actors, ever since I've been a child and watched him as Long-John Silver on "Return to Treasure Island" (the TV miniseries), and subsequently tried to watch every movie or TV show he appeared in, especially Shakespearian plays in which, in my opinion, he excels.
When first zapping through the TV channels and accidentally landing on an episode of "The Big Knights", it was Brian Blessed's voice that has caught my ear,and I long since then had become a fan of the show, which turned out surprisingly good - with a combination of rather neat animation spiced with good British humor.
Although at first I wasn't sure it was Brian Blessed's voice - I gladly found out I've guessed it right.
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