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Revolting Rhymes (film)

revolting rhymes short film
Magic Light Pictures

Triggerfish Animation Studios Distributor BBC Release Original network BBC One Picture format 16:9 1080i Audio format Stereo Original release 26 December 2016-12-26 – 27 December 2016 2016-12-27

Revolting Rhymes is a 2016 British-German computer animated TV film based on the book of the same name written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake

Retelling and intertwining five of the six poems from the book, the two-part film was produced by Magic Light Pictures and is narrated by Dominic West The films were created in Berlin Magic Light Pictures Berlin and Cape Town Triggerfish Animation Studios It aired on PBS in the United States

Its first episode was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards


  • 1 Plot
    • 11 Part 1
    • 12 Part 2
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Reception
    • 31 Critical reception
    • 32 Awards
  • 4 Home media
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Part 1

An elderly woman, Miss Hunt, sits in a booth at an empty restaurant Soon after, a wolf in a trench coat enters and asks if he can join her She allows him, and then asks what he is doing in town The wolf says he is waiting for an old friend, while Miss Hunt reveals she is waiting to babysit the children in the house across the street Upon noticing Miss Hunt's book of fairy tales, the wolf expresses disdain for Red Riding Hood and states that Snow White is actually a blonde He then reveals that he once had two nephews, Rolf and Rex, and begins to tell the story of what happened to them

Some years earlier, a young Red Riding Hood attempts to sell flowers on the street She is unsuccessful until she sees the sorrowful young princess, Snow White, who buys a sprig of mistletoe at Red's encouragement Snow drops the mistletoe into the grave of her recently deceased mother; and Red soon joins her, dropping her own remaining flowers in the grave and comforting Snow The two girls quickly become friends

Snow's father, the king, soon finds a new queen, the nasty Miss Maclahose She brings with her to the castle a magic mirror that always gives an accurate answer to any question asked of it The mirror constantly tells Miss Maclahose that she is the fairest in the land, until Snow grows up and the mirror declares her the fairest Outraged, Miss Maclahose orders the Huntsman to kill Snow and bring back her heart

Meanwhile, the adult Red now runs her own flower stall, keeping her savings in a piggy bank at Porkley's Bank In the forest, she gives Snow another sprig of mistletoe; but the Huntsman appears and kidnaps Snow As Snow calls out to her friend for help, the Huntsman drops a pistol on the ground Red picks up the pistol, but is unable to save Snow before she and her kidnapper disappear

Rolf, seeking a meal for himself, visits Red's grandmother and eats her Red returns to their home to find Rolf wearing her grandmother's clothes and, after briefly confusing him, shoots him dead with the pistol In the forest, Snow begs the Huntsman for her life; and he relents, telling her to flee He then buys a cow heart at a butcher shop and presents it to Miss Maclahose, who eagerly devours it Meanwhile, Snow flees into the city and becomes a maid and cook for seven short men, all former jockeys

As Red mourns Snow in the forest, thinking her friend was dead, the wolf appears; but Red points out the fur coat she has made from Rolf's skin, and he retreats Red then visits Porkley's Bank and asks to withdraw her savings, intent on leaving for the city However, the pig in charge of the bank tells her that the bank is broke due to a bad economy In reality, he has invested Red's and others' money in a construction project run by two other pigs, who plan to build houses of straw and sticks

As the two pigs erect a billboard for their new venture, Rex appears and eats them both Rex later finds the banker pig, intending to eat him as well; but the pig secures himself behind his thick teller window Rex decides to blow the bank up with dynamite; and the banker pig, seeing a newspaper article about Red killing Rolf, calls her for help Red arrives just as Rex lights the fuse for his dynamite, shooting him dead and extinguishing the fuse The banker pig takes her into a hidden back room, intending to thank her with a romantic gesture; but Red finds her broken piggy bank and shoots the pig dead as well

Meanwhile, the seven dwarfs have been unsuccessfully betting all their money on horse races Snow decides to remedy this by sneaking back into her father's castle and taking the magic mirror The mirror tells the dwarfs that a horse called Mistletoe will win the upcoming race The mention of mistletoe saddens Snow, and the mirror shows her Red on a bus en route to the city Snow meets her at the bus station, and the two friends happily reunite At the race, the dwarfs bet what little they have; and Red adds a large sum of money she took from Porkley's Bank As everyone watches the race, Red gives Snow a fur coat made from Rex's skin and reveals a pigskin traveling case With the aid of the magic mirror, Red, Snow, and the dwarfs win big at the races and become millionaires

Back at the restaurant, the wolf has tied up and gagged Miss Hunt in a closet and is now wearing her clothes Snow arrives at the house across the street to meet Red, who lives there with her two children Despite concerns that their babysitter has not come, Red's daughter persuades Red to leave her and her brother alone until Miss Hunt arrives Red and Snow leave together, and the wolf enters the house in the guise of Miss Hunt

Part 2

Red's children instantly see through the wolf's disguise; and while her daughter is shocked by his appearance, her son is entertained by the wolf's jovial air The wolf takes the boy into the kitchen and starts cooking a pot of vegetables, playfully saying he is going to eat up the boy However, the girl deters him by announcing that it is story time; and the wolf begrudgingly sets a timer, following the children into the living room The girl tells the wolf that he must read two stories, one for each child The boy asks to hear Jack and the Beanstalk; but the wolf states that he cannot tell the story without also talking about Cinderella, a favorite story of Red's daughter The wolf claims that the stories they know are toned-down versions of the "true" stories, which he starts to tell them

Jack lives in a ramshackle house with his angry, abusive mother He harbors a crush on his next door neighbor, Cinderella, who is also abused by her wicked stepsisters One morning, Jack sees Cinderella bring out her stepsisters' breakfast and try to sneak away a jar of jam for herself However, her short stepsister discovers the missing jar and sends her tall stepsister into the house to confront Cinderella Jack attempts to warn Cinderella, but she dismisses him and is soon thrown in the basement by her stepsisters Meanwhile, Jack's mother catches him spying on Cinderella and beats him with a vacuum cleaner handle, telling him to take their old cow into town to sell it Jack comes across a magic shop and ends up trading the cow to its owner, a magic fairy, for a single bean His mother berates him upon his return and throws the bean into a rubbish pile

That night, the two stepsisters go to a disco at the nearby palace, leaving Cinderella in the basement As the fairy passes by with her new cow, she hears Cinderella's cries for help and reluctantly enters the house Cinderella asks her for a beautiful set of clothes and a coach so that she may attend the disco and win the prince's affection The fairy grants her wish, but warns her that she must leave the palace by midnight Cinderella instantly catches the eye of everyone at the disco, including the prince, with whom she shares a dance as her jealous stepsisters look on As the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella attempts to flee; but the prince tries to stop her, tearing off her dress in the process A humiliated Cinderella runs off in her underwear, losing one of her silver shoes on the palace stairs The prince declares that whoever the shoe fits will become his bride; but he carelessly leaves the shoe on a beer keg, allowing the short stepsister to replace it with one of her own shoes

The next morning, Jack discovers that the bean has sprouted into an enormous beanstalk during the night His mother is unimpressed by this sight until Jack points out that the beanstalk's leaves are made of solid gold Jack is immediately sent up the beanstalk to collect the leaves; but a menacing giant smells him out at the top, sending him falling back down Jack's mother again berates him for not bathing enough; and he tells her to climb up the beanstalk herself, which she does The giant smells her as well and eats her up

In town, the prince lays out the short stepsister's shoe for different women to try on, but the shoe is too big to fit anyone When the short stepsister tries it on, the prince is horrified to see that it fits her and attempts to get out of marrying her However, the short stepsister reminds him of the vow he had made; and the prince chops off her head in response Back at his home, Jack bathes and cleans himself up before ascending the beanstalk again; and with the giant unable to detect him, he takes several of the beanstalk's golden leaves while the giant sleeps

The tall stepsister approaches the disgruntled prince, but he chops off her head as well The awakened Cinderella hears her stepsister's severed head bouncing by and goes out to face the prince Heartbroken by what she has discovered, Cinderella expresses disgust at the prince's penchant for chopping off heads for fun; but the prince, who does not recognize her, orders her head chopped off and chases her down with his guards Meanwhile, Jack uses his newly acquired wealth to buy the magic shop from the fairy

By this time, Red's son has fallen asleep; but her wide-eyed daughter asks the wolf about Cinderella's fate He prepares to give her a sad ending, with Cinderella being cornered and near decapitation; but seeing the girl's troubled expression, he instead tells her that the magic fairy appears to help Cinderella Cinderella tells the fairy that she is no longer interested in princes and money, but simply wishes to find a decent man The fairy turns the prince and his guards into frogs and leaves Cinderella in front of her old magic shop Cinderella enters the shop to find it is now a jam shop run by Jack, who presents her with a jar of "Cindy's Strawberry Jam" The two later marry and have two children, living happily ever after

With both children now asleep, the wolf hears the timer go off in the kitchen Red returns home from her outing to find her sleeping children on the couch, along with Miss Hunt's book of fairy tales She is then shocked to discover the wolf, who she recognizes from their earlier encounter; but the wolf simply wishes her good night and departs Red sits at her kitchen table in disbelief, eating the stew the wolf had prepared; while the wolf exits a bus in the wilderness, sheds Miss Hunt's clothes, and returns to the woods


  • Dominic West as the Wolf, the Magic Fairy and the Giant
  • Rob Brydon as the King, Rolf, the Banker Pig and the Short Sister
  • Bertie Carvel as the Mirror, the Huntsman, the Senior Dwarf and the Prince
  • David Walliams as Rex, the Straw and Twig Pigs, Bystander, the Tall Sister and Jack's Mother
  • Tamsin Greig as Miss Hunt, Miss Maclahose and Grandma
  • Rose Leslie as Red Riding Hood
    • Dolly Heavey as Young Red Riding Hood
  • Gemma Chan as Snow White
    • Eden Muckle as Young Snow White
  • Isaac Hempstead Wright as Jack
  • Bel Powley as Cindy
  • Dylan Issberner as Red Riding Hood's son
  • Amelie Forester-Evans as Red Riding Hood's daughter


Critical reception

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 8 reviews


Year Presenter/Festival Award/Category Status
2018 Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film Nominated
British Academy Children's Awards Best Animation Won

Home media

Revolting Rhymes was released on DVD on 6 February 2017


  1. ^ https://varietycom/2017/film/awards/my-life-as-a-zucchini-revolting-rhymes-european-animation-awards-1202634241/
  2. ^ "90th Academy Award Animated Short Film Nominees" The Oscars 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc 23 January 2018 Retrieved 23 January 2018 
  3. ^ "Revolting Rhymes 2016" Rotten Tomatoes Fandango Media Retrieved February 22, 2018 
  4. ^ "90th Academy Award Animated Short Film Nominees" 2018-01-23 Retrieved 2018-01-23 
  5. ^ https://wwwamazoncouk/Revolting-Rhymes-DVD-Jan-Lachauer/dp/B01MXV6VOA

External links

  • Revolting Rhymes at BBC Programmes
  • Revolting Rhymes at The Big Cartoon DataBase

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