As animal lovers, we love a magical movie that lets us see through the eyes of adorable animals, and Aardman Animation’s latest movie is memorable indeed.
Aardmans’ brand new stop motion short film, Robin Robin (2021), is a 30-minute Netflix-original musical hatched just in time for the holidays. It stars a young robin named Robin who’s been raised by a family of mice after her egg falls out of her nest and lands in a rubbish dump. She dreams of being a real mouse, like her brothers and sisters, and makes a wish on a Christmas star for it to come true. Set against a wintry backdrop of country houses blanketed in snow, it is a festive, heartwarming story that will delight children and adults alike.
At its heart, this is a tale about discovering who you really are and the importance of the family we choose (even if you do fight with your siblings!) Aardman have stepped away from their signature style in Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, for felt-bodied, needle fluffy creatures that look like toys that have come to life.
These fluffy characters make up a charming cast of characters: from Robin’s mousey brothers and sisters, to his supportive dad, a materialistic magpie, a prowling cat, and of course, the who-mans! Robin and her family speak of the who-mans in hushed tones, which gives a whimsical feel to the narration.
The entire movie is filled with catchy musical interludes that evoke a real sense of danger, or delight, as Robin tries to follow in her father’s mousey footsteps as they sneak around the who-man’s houses or escape the prowling, growling, neighbourhood cat. Real tension builds in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat, hoping that nothing would happen to ruin Christmas for the lovely Robin and her family. Although there is peril and danger, the movie is rated G for all ages, so animal lovers can sigh in relief knowing that in the end, it is going to be a happy tale.
There is so much heart in this movie, and it shows: it is an uplifting and well-crafted story that really is a joy to watch. This is the kind of movie you want to watch snuggled up with a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. It is full of holiday cheer and good feelings, and even brought a tear (or two) to my eyes. Find out more about the making of the film here.
Rebecca Holland is a writer from the UK. She’s an animal lover with a soft spot for purring cats, especially when she’s reading, and loves nothing more than a good book with animal companions. Check out some of Rebecca’s other work at VelvetOpus.com and connect with her on Instagram and Twitter. Read more about companion animals in fiction by Rebecca here.