REVIEW: JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALL
OVERVIEW: Today’s top actors from England and Scotland get together and voice the hilarious new spoof on World War II, JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALL- made with the latest technology from the U.K.’s own puppetry filmmaking technique, supermarionation. England’s Digital Spy calls JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALL “Team America crashing headfirst into Inglourious Basterds.”.
On July 26, New Video’s Flatiron Film Company will boldly release this World War II farce for the first time in the U.S. across cable VOD, digital platforms and
This comedic feature film debut from Scottish brothers Edward and Rory McHenry, has an all-star cast of voices including Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting/Star Wars Trilogy), Alan Cumming (X2/The Good Wife), Stephen Merchant (The Office), Dominic West (The Wire/300), Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day/An Education), Tom Wilkinson (The Green Hornet/Michael Clayton), Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech/Harry Potter), and Richard E. Grant (Prêt à Porter/Gosford Park), among
World War II: What if Nazis seized London and all of England had to band together? When scarily campy Nazi leaders invade by drilling under the English Channel and up through the cobblestones on Whitehall, Churchill leaves his quiet retirement with a cat that looks like Hitler to issue a call to arms from his bunker under Downing Street. Chris, a young farm worker with large hands, rallies the village to fight the good fight — including an alcoholic Vicar, the oldest man in the town, several idiots, a random Frenchman and Bobby
Fiske, a swearing American who believes he’s battling Russia.
Produced by Karl Richards of U.K. production outfit, Entertainment Motion Pictures (E-Motion), the film boasts pioneering techniques in animation, fusing innovative puppeteering animatronics developed by Rory McHenry and visual effects by MFX London. Executive Producers are Nigel Thomas and Charlotte Walls of Matador Pictures.
SYNOPSIS: On the English South Coast, Chris (Ewan McGregor, Star Wars: Episodes 1-3), a young farm worker, dreams of the chance to join the army and fight in exciting new lands. His chance comes when the three top Nazis—the enormous Goering, the malnourished Goebbels and the scarily campy Himmler—hatch a plan to invade England by drilling under the English Channel and into the heart of London. With the entire British army stuck in Dunkirk and no military support to defend the country, Churchill (Timothy Spall, The King’s Speech) issues a final radio broadcast from his bunker in Downing Street. Upon hearing the broadcast, Chris rallies the reluctant villagers, aided by American pilot Billy Fiske (Dominic West, The Wire), demanding that they help save England—and the world! Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Alan Cumming (X-Men), Rosamund Pike (Barney’s Version), and Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I) round out the all-star voice cast of this riotous supermarionation epic.
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