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Animated Epics: Beowulf (1998)


Yuri Kulakov


Anonymous (epic poem "Beowulf"), Murray Watts


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Complete credited cast:
Derek Jacobi ... Narrator (voice)
Joseph Fiennes ... Beowulf (voice)
Timothy West ... Hrothgar (voice)
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Queen Wealtheow (voice)
Michael Sheen ... Wiglaf (voice)
John Castle ... Hygelac (voice)
James Greene ... Peasant (voice)
Michael Feast ... Unferth (voice)
Nicholas Woodeson ... Aschere (voice)
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Wulfgar (voice)
Wayne Forester Wayne Forester ... Slave (voice)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both have a connection to Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" franchise. Joseph Fiennes who voiced Beowulf worked with Liv Tyler who played Arwen (Aragorn's love interest) in Bernardo Bertolucci's film "Stealing Beauty" and Michael Sheen who voiced Wiglaf worked with Orlando Bloom who played Legolas in "Lord of the Rings" in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven." See more »


Version of Beowulf & Grendel (2005) See more »

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Best Introduction to Old Scandinavian Epic
27 December 2012 | by eyesourSee all my reviews

This is a delightful retelling of the Anglo-Saxon tale, which is set in Denmark and Sweden, and contains nothing English whatsoever, using animated graphics; half narrated, half enacted with the spoken voices of several well-known British actors, including Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes. Quite short, at 27 minutes, it is infinitely more true to the original than the recent productions by Zemeckis and Sturluson. There are no silly interpolated extra characters, sub-plots, or post-modern interpretations of the story's "meaning". The monsters are traditional, shapeless, scary and mysterious. The mead-hall is splendid and magnificent. Beowulf is noble, brave and gentle. All aspects are left unexplained: things just happen and the viewer is free to read whatever interpretation he feels like into the events. Consequently it is really more intellectually stimulating than the big-budget films. Although it is violent, there is nothing distasteful about any of it, and should be suitable for older children as well as adults. I was left wishing it had been longer.

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