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The Ballad of Nessie (2011)

A humorous animated poem of how a gentle displaced Scottish monster created Loch Ness.

Directors:

Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers (as Stevie Wermers-Skelton)

Writers:

Regina Conroy, Stevie Wermers (as Stevie Wermers-Skelton) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Billy Connolly ... Narrator / MacFroogle (voice)
Kevin Deters ... Additional Voice (voice)
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Storyline

A story set in the bonny blue highlands of Scotland, and centered on Nessie, the friendly Loch Ness monster, her best friend MacQuack the rubber duck, and how the duo came to live in the moor they call home. Problems arrive in the form of a land developer named MacFroogle, who wants to build a mini-golf empire on top of Nessie's home. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At first Nessie lives in a pond in "the moors of Glenkeane," a reference to long-time Disney animator Glen Keane. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Where do you go when there's no more hope?
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The filmmakers would like to thank the Disney Story Trust for their invaluable contribution. See more »

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Boundin' 2D
30 September 2011 | by J-Hunt21See all my reviews

Perhaps drawing a great deal of inspiration from Pixar's 'Boundin'' in its structure and emotion, 'The Ballad of Nessie' follows suit with a traditionally animated short, narrated (affectionately by Billy Connoly) with the same comic poetry that made the former effort so endearing. Coincidentally, the Scottish setting is shared with the upcoming Pixar feature 'Brave', presenting 'Ballad' as a worthy warm-up act for that release and suppressing any disbelief of mine that the location could prove to be hit or miss.

Following Nessie's search for a home after her idyllic residence is destroyed, the short is funny, heartwarming and unique in style, unfolding in a manner very much like a pop-up storybook; this makes for beautiful transitions between shots, creating a fluid pace to accompany the quirky visuals, tuned to Michael Giacchino's gentle scoring.

'The Ballad of Nessie' is a clear indication that Disney are capable of still being innovative not only with traditional animation, but with the short film format also.

9/10


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