Saturday, December 27, 2008

What Does it Say ...

- about the Level of Debate on Domestic Violence in This Country...

... that I have just watched the most sensitive and informed treatment of abusive relationships I have ever seen on British television, and it was in Wallace and Grommit?

Fluffles was the archetypal battered partner, and Paella the archetypal abuser. It was harrowing ...

Laban's immediate and ungallant thought was that her Significant Other needs to keep an eye on the sherry bottle. Has anyone else any ideas about What It Says ? After all, if she's right, the Organisation Formerly Known as Dr Barnardo's Homes has just frittered away a lot of the punters dosh on expensive representations of Real Domestic Violence as envisaged by Bartle Bogle Hegarty's finest - when it should have been giving us Mr Park's gentle allegories.

(I must admit to preferring Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which I'd not seen before. Paella was too obviously a villain from the off. But will the lovely Fluffles become a fixture in the W/G menage ? It occurs to me that Gromit is a hero in the Gary Cooper mould ..)


Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more about Grommit, he is absolutely the strong silent type.

And his walk is just like Gary Cooper's would have been, if the High Noon star had had the benefit of four legs.

I still think the earlier stuff was the best though. Park shouldn't let things get over-elaborate.


Blognor Regis said...

It's 'Piella'. Pie, baker, geddit. FWIW I loved it. Trouble is they've got so much to live up to.

(Verification code: 'bunher', like it.)

Anonymous said...

What a load of arse! 'Domestic violence' between dog-owner and dog? Utter twaddle.

Sorry for changing the subject (well, it's a BBC programme so there's a tenuous link...) but I was thinking of watching the new BBC version of 'The 39 Steps' tonight.

Just checked a BBC press release:

"...we wanted to stay faithful to the spirit and period of the book, but asked the writer Lizzie to feel free to re-imagine it for a modern audience..."

Dear God! Will Hannay be gay? Will the crofters be a saintly hard-working pair of Muslims? I shall watch and probably be aghast...

Edwin Greenwood said...

Verification code: 'bunher', like it.

Ah, the curious serendipity on the Internet. Do you ever get the spooky feeling that the Web has already achieved consciousness and is quietly biding its time, waiting for an opportune moment to strike and assume control? So long as it doesn't turn out to be like this.

Anonymous said...

"Wrong Trousers" was the best ever.

Nothing he has done before or since has matched it: a perfect blend of impeccable pacing, utter zaniness, and genuine humour.

Anonymous said...

What does it say?

What it says is that the blessed Laban spends too much time digesting stuff that most of us wouldn't touch and serving it up for us in a more agreeable form. I don't know where he gets his stamina from.

I adore everything Nick Park has offered us. I loved the latest, particularly the moment when Gromit sighs with relief having spotted the Yorkshire border as a safe spot to deliver his explosive burden. But the Grand Day Out reigns supreme.

Re the Gromit/Gary Cooper comparison. Have any of you seen the Sopranos episode that deals with this issue ("The Strong, Silent Type" Series Four, episode 10)?

And vaguely off-topic. Aren't both whisk(e)y and the fortified wines of Iberia just, well, wonderful?