Robin Robin is an animated short that is written and directed by Daniel Ojari and Michael Please, and stars Adeel Akhtar, Gillian Anderson, Bronte Carmichael, Richard E. Grant and Amira Macey-Michael. The short is 32 minutes long.
Netflix describes the short as:
An optimistic young robin raised by a family of mice makes a heartfelt wish on a Christmas star. Will she finally learn who she is — and how to fly?
– Robin Robin review does not contain spoilers –
The first thing I watched about Robin Robin is a making-of video of the characters on the Aardman Twitter page. It’s absolutely magical to watch how a drawing turns into an actual puppet and the time and effort it takes to make them. The cuddly characters from the animated short are absolutely the cutest and the effort put in by the professionals can be seen in the wonderful animation of the show.
I didn’t know felt-tip animation was a thing until now, granted I don’t know a lot about animation, but it looks so warm and real on-screen and no wonder because this is unique and absolutely magical. It goes to show how much work is put behind shows to make audiences happy.
Robin Robin movie is delightfully sweet. Robin, a bird among his family of mice, feels kinda out of place at home. His family also feels the same but no one really says it. This is a movie about self-discovery and finding yourself. And you, along with Robin, will go on a magical journey down a path adorned with Christmas lights.
Set during Christmas, Robin Robin is a musical said from the perspective of the animals and birds. Thus, the humans are these huge, scary creatures. It’s so funny and sad to watch poor Robin go through a ton of stuff just because he was raised by the wrong (or right?) parents. Robin’s journey is inspiring, albeit a bit annoying because the little bird just can’t sneak!
It’s a bittersweet journey as well. It’s never easy to see a little kid’s heart broken before they start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But well, through some heartbreak and help, Robin finds himself within his family. After the initial little heartbreak, there are some really sweet moments that will stay with you.
Robin Robin is a heartwarming watch for adults and kids alike. The story will touch your heart and will keep the kids entertained with Robin’s shenanigans. There’s something for everyone to take home and not a moment for you to feel bored. If anything, after the 32 minutes are over, you sit there wanting some more of the familial love.
I think the most entertaining performance was from Gillian Anderson. Everyone else is also at the top of their game, but there’s something about Anderson’s British baddie voiceover that really gave me the creeps. Apart from her, Bronte Carmichael and Richard E. Grant are delightful as Robin and Magpie respectively.
Summing up: Robin Robin
Robin Robin is a delightful journey of a little robin trying to find itself within its family. There’s laughter, cheer and holiday spirit, along with some sad and bittersweet moments to create the perfect and short family entertainer for the holidays. The animation is absolutely brilliant and the whole package will stay with you long after it’s done.
Robin Robin is streaming on Netflix.