Free Jimmy (15)

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Posted: Tue Oct 14 2008

This adult-orientated, computer-generated animation isn’t an especially successful outing but still serves as an impressive  antidote to the Disney-Pixar norm. It was written and directed in 2006 by Norway’s Christopher Nielsen, and Simon Pegg has since turned his hand to writing an English screenplay for it while a host of named actors – including Woody Harrelson, Jim Broadbent and Pegg – have added their vocal weight. The result is a gritty Scandinavia-set stoner comedy replete with a raft of unkempt cockney-esque characters, some hit-and-miss comic moments, dank locations, rampant copulation, much spliff-smoking and more effing and blinding than you’ll find on any football terrace. Yet part of the story here is undeniably touching, poignant, even childlike in its depiction of animal exploitation.

Jimmy is an endearing but malnourished Russian circus elephant with ripped earlobes and broken tusks. Not only is he kept in check with a cocktail of uppers and downers, but some Russian smuggler has sewn seven kilos of heroin into his arse. When the film’s main characters – a group of hired dope fiends – screws up his medication, Jimmy dashes off into the wild and the film switches to  road-trip mode as he’s pursued by Lappish mafia, Scottish hunters and incompetent animal activists. The film sports an enjoyable ‘Shaft’-inspired soundtrack, some pretty deft animation and a most  un-Disneyfied ending. It’s just not as funny as it could have been.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Oct 17, 2008

Duration:

85 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Christopher Nielsen

Screenwriter:

Simon Pegg

Voices:

Simon Pegg

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JCase

The Elephant is a metaphor for one of Norways greats artists ever, its a har to translate kind of thing. Fantastic movie, uniquely done

JCase

The Elephant is a metaphor for one of Norways greats artists ever, its a har to translate kind of thing. Fantastic movie, uniquely done

jonnieboy

Intresting to see how the wievers get the movie, but the critic don't. Mr. Adams: THE AIM OF THIS MOVIE ISN'T TO BE AS FUNNY AS POSSIBLE! Then it woldn't have been this good, you see...

jonnieboy

Intresting to see how the wievers get the movie, but the critic don't. Mr. Adams: THE AIM OF THIS MOVIE ISN'T TO BE AS FUNNY AS POSSIBLE! Then it woldn't have been this good, you see...

James Hunt said

Jimmy is a metaphor. You need to understand that to get the film. How he is a metaphor? Well, you need to figure that one out yourself, halv the fun!

James Hunt said

Jimmy is a metaphor. You need to understand that to get the film. How he is a metaphor? Well, you need to figure that one out yourself, halv the fun!

Norwegian Dude

Hahaha, I loved this movie when i saw it in norway, but i thinkg its hard to make it fly in english. A lot (most actually) of the jokes can't translated. It's a great exampel of how we norwegians view americans, north-norwegianses, lappish-peopel. and yeah well dope fiends. For instance on the driving liscense of the north-norwegians (i'm guessing that your scotts) it says HB (Hjemmebrennt), which means moonshine (homemade spirits) which is there favorit drink beverage of those peopel. And just the way they talk, (the junkies for instance; the words they use are very charactoristic for the junkies of oslo). So all in all i can understand why it got so bad critcs abroad. But my freaking god is funny for us norwegians :P

Norwegian Dude

Hahaha, I loved this movie when i saw it in norway, but i thinkg its hard to make it fly in english. A lot (most actually) of the jokes can't translated. It's a great exampel of how we norwegians view americans, north-norwegianses, lappish-peopel. and yeah well dope fiends. For instance on the driving liscense of the north-norwegians (i'm guessing that your scotts) it says HB (Hjemmebrennt), which means moonshine (homemade spirits) which is there favorit drink beverage of those peopel. And just the way they talk, (the junkies for instance; the words they use are very charactoristic for the junkies of oslo). So all in all i can understand why it got so bad critcs abroad. But my freaking god is funny for us norwegians :P

Mist

Great, great, GREAT movie. Stunning animation and a "fun" storyline. If you go in expecting a disney/pixar animation with their their standard recipie to make you laugh you will be either dispirited, or THRILLED as I was. This movie demands something of the viewer. It's not a animation where the creators make you feel smart every time you pick up on their "obscure" references to other films etc. This film will pull your heartstrings and make you laugh. Bring your friends, not your kids.

Mist

Great, great, GREAT movie. Stunning animation and a "fun" storyline. If you go in expecting a disney/pixar animation with their their standard recipie to make you laugh you will be either dispirited, or THRILLED as I was. This movie demands something of the viewer. It's not a animation where the creators make you feel smart every time you pick up on their "obscure" references to other films etc. This film will pull your heartstrings and make you laugh. Bring your friends, not your kids.

Pjalle

Honestly a great great movie. The fact that it's getting slaughtered in the papers tell more about the critics than this suberb dark humoured diamond of a movie

Pjalle

Honestly a great great movie. The fact that it's getting slaughtered in the papers tell more about the critics than this suberb dark humoured diamond of a movie

Gimme PIXAR

Terrible, awful! Rubbish animation, terrible script, not funny, depressing use of colour and simply extremely boring. Worst animated film ever, and I've seen pretty much all of'em.

Gimme PIXAR

Terrible, awful! Rubbish animation, terrible script, not funny, depressing use of colour and simply extremely boring. Worst animated film ever, and I've seen pretty much all of'em.

Jim Butt

Hoenstly - I love this movie! Nielsen have made a masterpiece here! See it - and you'll love it!

Jim Butt

Hoenstly - I love this movie! Nielsen have made a masterpiece here! See it - and you'll love it!

Luca

A refreshing dark animation comedy. Funny and sad as life can be, straight to the point. Realistically crude with a touch of humanity. A story about drug abuse, friendship and greed with a different ending then the usual happy go lucky one...a good way of facing reality .

Luca

A refreshing dark animation comedy. Funny and sad as life can be, straight to the point. Realistically crude with a touch of humanity. A story about drug abuse, friendship and greed with a different ending then the usual happy go lucky one...a good way of facing reality .

daisy

Some of the top UK actors (and the sublime Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan) provide excellent cameos, the animal rights activists had me giggling as I left the cinema and the music fits perfectly - at times sending up the adventure elements and then pulling on your heart strings in the next instant. A film that you don't see everyday, which refreshed my attitude to cinema.

daisy

Some of the top UK actors (and the sublime Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan) provide excellent cameos, the animal rights activists had me giggling as I left the cinema and the music fits perfectly - at times sending up the adventure elements and then pulling on your heart strings in the next instant. A film that you don't see everyday, which refreshed my attitude to cinema.

Gary

This is a slap in the face to all rosy happy endings. This is art in its extreme, a wake up call by talented animators spiting in the face of what is supposed to be 'norm' and shaking its audience to assess the consequences of drug abuse as well as questioning the incessant need of a covered-up representation of our world. This is very timely, the opiate clowds have given way to reality and risen a call back to nature. Free Jimmy is about freeing all those chained-up in a way of life we have unquestioned for too long.

Gary

This is a slap in the face to all rosy happy endings. This is art in its extreme, a wake up call by talented animators spiting in the face of what is supposed to be 'norm' and shaking its audience to assess the consequences of drug abuse as well as questioning the incessant need of a covered-up representation of our world. This is very timely, the opiate clowds have given way to reality and risen a call back to nature. Free Jimmy is about freeing all those chained-up in a way of life we have unquestioned for too long.