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The True Story of Sawney Beane (2005)

In 16th-century Scotland, Young Sawney Beane yearns to itch and scratch and buccaneer. So he bids farewell to his parents and their life of honest toil. Forty years on, Mr. Beane croaks his... See full summary »

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In 16th-century Scotland, Young Sawney Beane yearns to itch and scratch and buccaneer. So he bids farewell to his parents and their life of honest toil. Forty years on, Mr. Beane croaks his dying wish to Betty, his wife. "Go and find out long lost son." And so Betty strikes off on her quest across the land, with the family savings in a hankie and a secret suspicion in her heart. The True Story of Sawney Beane reveals what happened to the infamous Scottish cannibal. Not only was he the vilest felon in the kingdom of King James VI, he was also a son, beloved of Betty. Written by Hobbs, Elizabeth

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27 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Great Artwork And Storytelling
5 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is wonderful artwork and storytelling....and with an ending I can't give away, but it will leave you shaking your head in amazement!

The drawings in here are just fabulous and the story is told in narrating rhyme which is fun to hear. The story is about a mother honoring her husband's dying wish to go look for their son, who had left them to seek pleasures elsewhere. The lazy son didn't want to work on farm. It didn't want to work at all; he just wanted to eat all day.

According to Elizabeth Hobbs, who wrote and directed this animated short, the story takes place in 16th-century Scotland, and it's one you won't forget about the infamous "Sawney Beane" and his loving mother "Betty."

This bizarre animated short is full of visual treats in addition to the strange story. It can be seen as part of the DVD "Animation Express." Highly-recommended, especially in high-def.


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