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Nicholas Nickleby (1985)

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

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Charles Dickens (novel), Rob Mowbray (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Colin Borgonon ... (voice)
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... (voice)
Ron Haddrick Ron Haddrick ... (voice)
Brian Harrison Brian Harrison ... (voice)
Phillip Hinton Phillip Hinton ... (voice)
Liz Horne Liz Horne ... (voice)
Lynn Rainbow Lynn Rainbow ... (voice)
Robin Stewart ... (voice)
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A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

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G

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1985 (Australia) See more »

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Version of The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby (2012) See more »

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A laudable effort of an animated adaptation of a Dickens classic
6 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Dickens is difficult to translate to even a live-action mini-series, so I was expecting very little from an animated adaptation that was naturally going to condense and leave things out. This effort though from Burbank Films Australia is a laudable one. Of course the narrative is simplified and characters are left out, but what actually mattered to me was that the spirit of the story was there. On the most part, it is. By all means it is not perfectly done, the ending is rushed and a few of the Dotheboys Hall incidents are somewhat overplayed, however the story of Nicholas and Smike is as tragic as you'd expect. The animation may have some crude character designs, but there are also some lushly coloured backgrounds and attention to evocative detail. The music is fitting with the atmosphere, the writing doesn't suffer from being too childish neither is it over-complicated and the characters that remain still have their impact. The voice acting is solid enough, nobody outstanding but nobody bad either. Overall, while I am not exactly gushing with praise, I do think this deserves a lot of credit for adapting a work of an author whose work is notoriously difficult to do so on the budget it had. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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