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The Electric Piper (2003)

A rock opera version of the Pied Piper tale, set in the late 1960's. A Jimi Hendrix-like guitarist exterminates the rats from the surburban community of Hamlin and takes revenge when the ... See full summary »

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Sly, The Electric Piper (voice)
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Pat Dixon (voice)
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A rock opera version of the Pied Piper tale, set in the late 1960's. A Jimi Hendrix-like guitarist exterminates the rats from the surburban community of Hamlin and takes revenge when the Mayor reneges on his reward: a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Written by Raymie Muzquiz

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The movie was completed in 2000 but did not air on TV until 2003 due to sample clearance issues with the soundtrack. See more »

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Who produced this rubbish?
6 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Fitting all the common references of American culture into an hour long duration (from motorcycling in the style of Purple Rain, to the throwaway one-liners) this movie is an animated extension of the Pied Piper folk-tale that if you weren't familiar with to begin with, would not persuade you to engage with further.

An insular town is invaded by a deliberate rat infestation where the most equipped person to attempt solving the problem is the skill of guitar-virtuoso and wayfarer Sly, voiced by Wayne Brady, a mix-matched personality consisting of a Hendrix appearance despite being referred to as Sly of Sly Stone fame, a match that seems out of place.

After saving the can't-do-nothing-for-themselves, sad-sack town's people from the evil rats Sly escorts their children to a perilous mountain where they are kidnapped and detained.

One of the most annoying things about the movie is the main character, the boy, seems to have the right of outspoken counsel with his father who happens to be his father, and inflicts his opinion on the entire citizenry.

The story is propelled by the boy's desire to learn the guitar which he is obviously disallowed from doing as he is the mayor's son, and of course his education must be of top priority.

This becomes redundant when the mayor, his wife, and the rest of the town start their own song, a reminder that the older demographic used to be cool as well. But if the children like the music that Sly plays, doesn't this make them derivative, mainstream and uncool?

Which brings us to Sly's vocals during all of these songs, that always seem to lack a sense of urgency and do not change from a relaxed delivery, typical of his character, as if everything that happens is to be expected, shunning his responsibility of temporary custodian of all these underage's, sullying his own reputation as misunderstood, aloof hippy.

In summary this is a dopey musical, that could have been improved if it at least had better dialogue supporting it.


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