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Redwall: The Movie is a 2003 French-Canadian-American-German animated film. It is based on the novels "Mariel of Redwall", "Salamandastron", and "The Bellmaker" by Brian Jacques.

The entire film was animated by Alphanim in France, Neptuno Films in Spain and Hanho Heung-Up in South Korea. CGI sequences were provided by Dygra Films in Spain.

Plot





Cast

Peter Thomas narrated the movie, and, due to being recognized as the narrator of Forensic Files, was considered one of the celebrity voice actors.

Additional Voices

Albums

Soundtrack

The soundtrack was released on August 20, 2003 by Frontiers Records in the United States & Italy and Parlophone internationally. It charted at #23 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and #5 on the UK Albums Chart in the United Kingdom. In 2006, it was re-released by Redwall Music and QCA Records.

In 2019, the soundtrack was re-released by Rhino Entertainment as a 2-pack with that of Redwall II: Heroes of the Sword.

Tracklist

  1. "Ca va ou ça va pas? Razzmatazz" - Froggy Mix (3:45) (courtesy of Krysty Music by special arrangement with Second Beat / El Kadsreian Melody and IMW)
    1. Played during the opening credits.
  2. "Bad Boys" - Whitesnake (4:08) (courtesy of Interscope Geffen A&M Records by special arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets and EMI Records by special arrangement with EMI Music Publishing)
    1. Played during Matthias and Mattimeo's forest run.
  3. "Hard To Find An Easy Way" - Stan Bush and Barrage (4:34)
    1. Played as Mariel trains with the fighters of Redwall.
  4. "Ready to Die" - Andrew W.K. (2:54) (courtesy of Island Records by special arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets)
    1. Played as Urgan Nagru and his hoarde storm Redwall Abbey.
  5. "I Kept Loosing My Regrets" - Tyrone Savage (4:00)
    1. Played as Matthias reminisces about his past actions.
  6. "Glimmer Of Evil" - Ten (5:48)
    1. Played as Urgan resurrects Sela and trains her and Slagar the Cruel in a new style of combat.
  7. "High On Life" - Winterkill (4:15)
    1. Played as Urgan and his hoarde attack the Abbey a second time and as Sela fights Constance.
  8. "I'm A Fighter" - The Jeff Austin Project (4:44)
    1. Played as Matthias, Cornflower and Mattimeo fight Urgan and his hoarde.
  9. "Bridge To Your Heart" - Eternal Flame (5:12)
    1. Played during Matthias' funeral and as Cornflower tells Mariel not to give up on stopping Urgan.
  10. "Rockin' & Rappin'" - No Pressure (3:00) (courtesy of EMI Ireland by special arrangement with EMI Music Publishing)
    1. Played during Winifred's fight with Urgan's hoarde.
  11. "Get Right Out of My Way" - Montana Wigley (3:38)
    1. Played as Mattimeo hunts in the forest.
  12. "Desert Night" - Stramonio (5:51)
    1. Played as Ferahgo begins enslavement of the citizens in the Southwest Lands.
  13. "You Know You've Got It" - Kamal Tarhouni (3:55)
    1. Played as Urthstripe defeats Ferahgo.
  14. "In A Warrior's Life" - Oah (4:15) (Oah appear courtesy of Roadrunner Records by special arrangement with WMG Licensing)
    1. Played as the Redwallers train once again to find a new way to defeat Urgan. This is the show's theme song with new lyrics.
  15. "Legacy" - Vince DiCola (6:02)
    1. Played as the Redwallers charge to Urgan's hideout.
  16. "I'll Fight With You" - Duty (4:03)
    1. Played as Mattimeo and Mariel fight off several members of the hoarde.
  17. "Cross That Line" - Stan Bush and Barrage (4:48)
    1. Played during the final battle between Mariel and Urgan.
  18. "Dreams" - The Cranberries (4:31) (Courtesy of Island Records by special arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets)
    1. Played during the aftermath montage.
  19. "(Call Me The) Queen of All Fighters" - Anastacia (4:01) (Anastacia appears courtesy of Epic Records by special arrangement with Sony Music)
    1. Played during the ending credits.

Score

The score album by ​Angela Morley, performed by the ​Montreal Symphony Orchestra​ conducted by Tim Simonec, was released by ​Varèse Sarabande​ in 2004.

Tracklist

  1. Peaceful Abbey (incl. elements of Redwall Theme Song by Daniel Fernandez and Jack Procher)
  2. Urgan's Plan
  3. Meeting Slagar
  4. Battle!
  5. Death of Matthias
  6. Winifred's Alive
  7. We Meet Again, Mattimeo
  8. Hack and Slash
  9. Redwall Abbey is Saved
  10. The Party

Personnel

Release

The first teaser trailer was released on October 11, 2002 and was attached to Pokémon 4Ever. The film's second trailer was released on November 15, 2002 where it was attached to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The film's third trailer was released on March 14, 2003 and was attached to Agent Cody Banks. Redwall: The Movie opened in theaters on August 5, 2003; it's red-carpet world premiere was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with special appearances by Matthias (performed by Cindy Eachern) and Brian Jacques. Among the celebrities who saw the premiere with their children were director Wolfgang Petersen and musicians Lars Ulrich and Snoop Dogg.

Promotion/Marketing

Through the summer of 2003, print ads were common at Carwardine Parks, hung up on banners and seen on some park maps. Several North American parks in the chain perched inflatable figures of Mattimeo, Basil Stag Hare and Cheek Stag Otter on their road signs as part of the promotion.

As part of the promotion, 7-Eleven served a limited-edition Strawberry Cordial Slurpee in July-August 2003. PBS Kids and Latikuu Edacra also joined Wendy's for a 15-figure toy-line based on the film, and several Wendy's stores had special appearances by a "roadshow" version of the Redwall - The Live Show touring stage show as well as Redwall-themed activities for younger customers.

Reception

Box office

The film grossed over $20.5 million dollars at the box office, making it a box office success.

Critical response

Upon its release, the film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes calculated a 60% overall approval rating based on 97 reviews, with the consensus being, "Critics believe Redwall: The Movie captured the spirit of the books and TV series well but think the movie's action is a little too violent for something aimed at children."

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the movie 3 stars out of 4, observing that "between it's highs and lows, of which there is a lot of in this movie, it's clearly trying to have something for everybody." Ebert praised Tyrone Savage's voice acting for Matthias as being "superb to the point where you couldn't believe he's not British", but criticized the choice of songs and Peter Thomas' "ill-fitting narration". Lawrence van Gelder writing for The New York Times stated that the film was "noisy at times" and noted inaccuracies with the original books, but praised the performances of Kurtwood Smith, Tim Curry, Tyrone Savage, Corey Cieślar and Janet Wright.

The film was nominated for a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie at the 2004 Kids' Choice Awards. An animated segment with Matthias getting slimed was produced by Nelvana for broadcast during the ceremony.

Accolades

Year Award Recipients Result
2004
ACTRA Toronto Award for Outstanding Voice Performance – Male Lars Mitchell (voice of Foremole) Nominated
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Sanaullah Aulaqi
Annie Award for Best Animated Feature
Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay Buzz Dixon, et. al.
CanAn Award for Outstanding Feature Sanaullah Aulaqi Won
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