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Sir Billi (2012)

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A retired veterinarian living in a remote Scottish village encounters a goat who thinks he's a dog, an Admiral who's afraid of the water and a beaver who was raised by rabbits.

Director:

Sascha Hartmann

Writer:

Tessa Hartmann
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ford Kiernan ... Officer McKenzie / Banjo Barry (voice)
Greg Hemphill Greg Hemphill ... Officer McTavish (voice)
Alana Gray Alana Gray ... Beaver 1 (voice)
Valentina Hartmann Valentina Hartmann ... Bessie Boo (voice)
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Bessie's Mom (voice)
Regina Reagan Regina Reagan ... Vicky (voice)
John Amabile John Amabile ... Milkvan Driver (voice)
Ruby Wax ... Patty Turner (voice)
Sean Connery ... Sir Billi (voice) (as Sir Sean Connery)
Alan Cumming ... Gordon (voice)
Jamie Still Jamie Still ... Wee Dave (voice)
Alex Norton ... Butler / Baron McToff (voice)
Larry Sullivan Larry Sullivan ... Lady Serena Sedgewick (voice)
Tallia Storm ... Mistress Meggan McToff (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... Chantalle McToff (voice)
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When tragedy strikes in the highlands, there can be only one Scotsman for the job - Sir William Sedgewick, aka Sir Billi! This is an adventure story about the power of a remote Scottish, but yet international community held together by the eccentric, skate-boarding veterinarian and their race to save an illegal fugitive - Bessie Boo the beaver! Sir Billi and the village clash with the law in their fight to rescue Bessie! As they brave treacherous ravines and hazardous waters in the battle to save the illegal beaver the question remains - who will get to her first? A roller coaster adventure, Sir Billi is undoubtedly the highland hero with a host of attractive traits. From the stereotypical Bond like characteristics, to a highland grandpa who still has a way with the ladies. His tartan dungarees are often seen navigating the narrow but dramatic highland roads, with a hint of showmanship and significant skill! A heart-warming and hilarious adventure, that takes you to the magical west ... Written by Billi Productions Ltd

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Sir Billi, the last remaining Guardian of the Highlands.


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Official Sites:

Billi Productions

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Guardian of the Highlands See more »

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$5,220,000 (estimated)
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First full-length animated feature to be created and produced entirely in Scotland. See more »

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Sir Billi: Testing, one, two, three. Ah, yes, you can hear me. I have a few words I'd like to say. People, today brought us many things - fear, sadness and, certainly, nervousness; troubled the old ticker at a point or two but most of all, it brought us all together. Ah, with my help, of course. But we could have seen the shadow of death, the trauma of loss and the heartache that would have followed. But as a team, as one united, we learned many things. We saw courage and leadership and we succeeded. Let ...
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References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Guardian of the Highlands
Performed by Shirley Bassey
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Sean Connery deserved a much better comeback than this!
19 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Were there reasons in the first place to see Sir Billi? Yes, that it was Sean Connery's comeback, that there are some talented actors on board and that it was billed to be the first animated film to be done entirely in Scotland. Avid fans of the animation medium would find a further reason to see it. It's a shame that such a great and charismatic actor like would comeback with a film that is a contender for the worst film of his career, certainly the worst animated film of 2013 and the worst I've seen in a while.

The only redeeming qualities are the striking Bond-style opening sequence and Dame Shirley Bassey's singing, nice song and she sounds great. You'd think that Connery would elevate things as well, sadly while it was nice to hear him and his distinctive voice his talent is wasted by being given little to do, it makes one wonder what made him break his retirement in the first place. The rest of the cast aren't much better, they lack energy and some of the accents are cringe-worthy.

And there's no better news with the animation, which is really quite bad. The characters are very plastic-looking and the colours are garish. It often looks very freaky-looking as well. The music is not bad-sounding but is not used well, like some lines it can be out of place, and the Bond references were completely pointless, adding absolutely nothing to the story. Were they paying homage to Connery by any chance?

Sir Billi is a very poorly-written film too. The dialogue as a whole is uninspired and unremarkable, ruined further by that it seems to have no idea who it's aiming at. There is a lot of smut and innuendo which will go over kids' heads, if they were trying to widen the target audience they failed at that. Even worse is that not only is the use of it overkill but even adults won't find it funny at all and will find it distasteful instead. The story is dull and incoherent, and filled with too many characters that serve little if anything to the telling of it. Regarding the characters here too, if you are trying to find any to root for, good luck, that certainly didn't happen with me(you might think differently though).

Overall, from a personal subjective opinion Sir Billi was dire with very little good about it. Considering the potential it had it was really disappointing too, Planes and Justin and the Knights of Valour were underwhelming films with some potential, but Sir Billi's potential was even bigger(being Sean Connery's comeback and claiming to be the first animated film from Scotland) and fell flat on its face even harder. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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