Bunny & The Bull: Plus Vince Noir, Howard Moon, The Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt!
What Is The Mighty Boosh? Who Is Noel Fielding?
Do you love The Mighty Boosh? (Do you even know what I’m talking about when I ask you that?) The Mighty Boosh is a crazy, surreal television comedy program (which started off, like many other great series, on radio) and is yet another fine comedy product from the British Broadcasting Corporation. It stars and is written by Noel Fielding (a soft, be-eyelinered Southerner) and Julian Barratt (a proud and husky Yorkshireman with a bit of a belly. Ooh, Julian Barratt.)
The Lovely and Talented Noel Fielding!
If you know the Boosh then you’ve probably already heard about Bunny & The Bull, a feature film funded by Film4 and directed by Paul King, who also directed the Boosh for TV. It has been heralded with a frenzy of excitement on Boosh-related online forums, probably largely due to the fact that both Fielding and Barratt take supporting roles in the film. (Fielding is a crazy be-eyelinered bullfighter, Barratt a mad tramp. Typecasting?)
I’ve loved the Boosh for quite a long time now, however unwillingly I might originally have been inducted. (My other half was initially attracted to them. So relentless was his campaign to get me to watch the DVDs of their three television series that I finally caved in and was, admittedly, fairly quickly converted. The alternative was simply to listen to him telling me about every single episode, which would probably have taken as long as watching the damn things.)
Check Some Mighty Mighty Boosh Links!
* BBC - The Mighty Boosh
* The Mighty Boosh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
* The Velvet Onion
What About Bunny? And The Bull?
It wasn’t my loved one who dragged me along to see Bunny & The Bull, however. Way back in the mists of time, when I was truly enthusiastic in my appreciation, I myself made the utmost efforts to convert a friend to the joys of the Boosh. God knows it took a long time to bring her over to the dark side, but eventually she converted – and how! I now bow to her in respect of her enthusiasm, nay mighty passion, for all things Boosh. I don’t know where she gets the energy, especially with an elderly rhino to take care of.
So she was the one who concocted a scheme to get me to the Leeds Film Festival showing of Bunny & The Bull. (This involved claiming to have wangled complimentary tickets and turning up on the doorstep to strongarm me there on the day.) People, was it all worth it?
Bunny And The Bull is a road movie – of a sort. The hero, Stephen, is a shut-in who relies on medication and rigid, OCD-type regimentation of routines to get him through the day. He suffers visions of a road trip previously actually taken, and is harangued by hallucinations of the friend, Bunny, who accompanied him. But why is he in such a parlous state? How did he come to be such an emotional wreck? And how does the Bull fit into all this?
Take my tip: watch the movie and find out. It’s very funny, extremely sad, and has some truly fantastic faux-naif animation which is worth the price of admission alone. Plus quality appearances from Fielding and Barratt, of course. Don’t miss it!