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Our narrator looks fondly back at his childhood in Liverpool and the antics of his best friend Johnno. Well known for being a showman and a keen one for joking and the like, Johnno starts ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins. See more awards »

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Chris Freeney ... Johnno
Dallas Messias ... Johnno's Mum
John Murphy ... Johnno's Dad
Charlotte McDougall ... Lady in Children's Book
Joe Robson Rutherford ... Boy in Children's Book
Goldie ... Dog in Children's Book
Dave Kent ... Old Man
Kay D'Arcy ... Narrators Mother
Thomas Sturges-Allard ... Hand Artist
Julie Maisey ... Newsreader
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Our narrator looks fondly back at his childhood in Liverpool and the antics of his best friend Johnno. Well known for being a showman and a keen one for joking and the like, Johnno starts to change for the worse after he announced that his father has died. Written by Bob the Moo

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20 December 2002 (UK)  »

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Papa est mort  »

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This film is included on the DVD of Sunshine (2007). See more »

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Narrator: He silently laughed while I cried inside.
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Very cleverly directed, written and animated
9 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Our narrator looks fondly back at his childhood in Liverpool and the antics of his best friend Johnno. Well known for being a showman and a keen one for joking and the like, Johnno starts to change for the worse after he announced that his father has died.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this film. I had seen it was an animation on the website and had assumed it would be an arty thing made by a newly graduated student - don't know why I assumed that, but I did. Happily this film was much better than that and when it finished it was very powerful despite the odd flaw. The plot is disturbing with the speed with which things go from childhood memory to something much darker. The reasons for the change are layered into the fabric well and only the end is a little unclear.

The animation is well used and very clever. A lot of the film is real action with animation used effectively at different points - in it's own right or to animate the digitally shot action. In some cases this is funny, in others it lets us see the monster inside each character and in others it is surprisingly violent and indicative of a mind that is being lost and surrounded by evil thoughts. I'm not a big animation fan but it worked very well here.

I struggled to place the voice the whole way through and was surprised to see it was Ian Hart. However he does really well with the voice over and really brought his character to life. The support cast are good and the lad who played Johnno really did a good job to bring the menace out of him.

Overall this took me by surprise. It is well written so as to allow the plot to build quickly and with force and was very cleverly directed. The animation is a mix of styles and is very cleverly used to portray different things - from a Betty Boop style vision on an ice-cream van to a `Peter and Jane' book to illustrate nice thoughts. The combination of all these things make it well worth a look.


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