Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Bronte Carmichael, Richard E. Grant, Gillian Anderson, Adeel Akhtar, Amira Macey-Michael, Tom Pegler, Endeavour Clutterbuck, Megan Harris (voices)
Written by: Daniel Ojari, Michael Please, Sam Morrison
Directed by: Daniel Ojari, Michael Please
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 32
Date: 11/24/2021
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3 Stars (out of 4)

Slink Like a Mouse

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This sweet, 30-minute short film from Aardman Animations is less sly and funny than some of the studio's legendary shorts (the Wallace & Gromit series, Creature Comforts, etc.), but it has a gentle charm, and its Christmastime backdrops make it a nice December watch. A robin's egg tumbles out of its nest, and the baby bird (voiced by Bronte Carmichael) is raised a family of mice. (She shapes her feathers into two tufts on her head, resembling mouse ears.) Yet, try as she may to become a stealthy thief, looking for crumbs of food, she's just too clumsy. After encountering a magpie (voiced by Richard E. Grant), she decides to go off on her own to steal a whole sandwich. The stop-motion animation is pretty without being showy. Gillian Anderson provides the sinister, cooing voice of a cat.

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