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The Jockstrap Raiders (2011)

The Jockstrap Raiders takes place during World War I in Leeds, England. A group of underdog misfits are excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German... See full summary »

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Mark Nelson

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Mark Nelson
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Anthony DiMonte Anthony DiMonte ... (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... (voice)
Devin Uzan Devin Uzan ... (voice)
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The Jockstrap Raiders takes place during World War I in Leeds, England. A group of underdog misfits are excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain and the world. Written by Anonymous

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June 2011 (USA) See more »

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A bit too silly to really hit the mark perfectly, but a bloody good try
18 March 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Hard to believe that this is an American short film because it has a great deal in common with the Aardman films of Chicken Run and Pirates etc. The plot sees a group of misfits who were not fit to serve in the military for one reason or another (drunk, flat feet, giant rat – the usual) who suddenly find that they are the last line of defense for these Great British isles as the Germans are building a bridge, the cunning devils. The Leeds Raiders decide they need a master plan to overcome.

Although it is a little bit a case of "almost but not perfect", this film deserves credit for what it does well even if it does fall a bit short. The animation, for example, is really good for a short film, although it never totally gets away from the feel of being lower-end CGI more in common with mass produced cheapy kids TV shows rather than high end films (although of course for a short to produce that is also an achievement). The animation does still work and generally looks good, but it is close to where it needed to be, just not quite there. The material is the same because it is funny and enjoyable but while it needs to be near the silly line, it often goes over it a bit too far and is too silly to really be as funny as it could have been.

The voice work is mostly good (particularly for an American short) and generally the film is amusing and done with good spirit and creation. With more resources and polish it could have been stronger, but for what it is it is still really very well done and well worth a look.


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