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Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981)

This is an animated story covering the ancient legend of Beowulf, as narrated in a Monty Pythonesque way by Grendel (Sir Peter Ustinov), the "monster" in the legend.

Director:

Alex Stitt (as Alexander Stitt)

Writers:

Anonymous (epic poem "Beowulf"), John Gardner (novel) | 1 more credit »
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Ustinov ... Grendel (voice)
Keith Michell ... The Shaper (voice)
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... The Dragon / Beowulf (voice)
Ed Rosser Ed Rosser ... King Hrothgar (voice)
Bobby Bright Bobby Bright ... (voice)
Ric Stone Ric Stone ... Unferth (voice)
Ernie Bourne Ernie Bourne ... (voice)
Rho Schepisi Rho Schepisi ... (voice)
Colin McEwan Colin McEwan ... (voice)
Alison Bird Alison Bird ... (voice)
Barry Hill Barry Hill ... (voice)
Peter Aanensen Peter Aanensen ... (voice)
Jack Brown Jack Brown ... (voice)
Julie McKenna Julie McKenna ... (voice)
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This is an animated story covering the ancient legend of Beowulf, as narrated in a Monty Pythonesque way by Grendel (Sir Peter Ustinov), the "monster" in the legend.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Grendel'll get you!


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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grendel, Grendel, Grendel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This movie was released ten years after its source novel "Grendel" by John Gardner was published. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Version of Beowulf (2007) See more »

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DVD please?
19 June 2005 | by xSheGeekxSee all my reviews

I got a hold of a VHS copy of this movie recently after watching it as a child over and over again. Evidently hard to find in America, this film depicts the story of Beowulf from the monsters point of view.

Sort of your typical tragedy of misunderstanding,(which we all secretly love..) this film did a lot for me as a kid. As the daughter of one of those progressive 60's moms, strange foreign cartoons were always finding their way to our VCR. It's taken me almost 20 years to find a copy of this on amazon.

This is just a kick butt cartoon.

In a world full of imported 2 year old spoon fed animation, it's kind of nice to go back and see what cartoons where like when people were kind of just experimenting. Movies like Rock 'n' Rule, Twice Upon a Time and pretty much anything by Ralph Bakshi were tearing down the walls of traditional cartooning and challenging children and adults to get something out of their Saturday morning rituals.

If you're a fan of indie cartoons, do yourself a favor and watch this film. It's not mind blowing by any means, but it is indeed a thought provoking little film, voiced very well and animated in a really interesting style. I have lovely memories of this cartoon, and i'm proud to own it once again.


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