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superb children's film - for everyone!
on 27 June 2012
Paulie takes as its starting point the loyalty of parrots which are apparently very affectionate towards their owners. This one remembers his for decades, it seems ... the film has some sad moments but a lot of sparky comedy too, and the different episodes turn it into a kind of rites of passage movie for the parrot who gets involved in some pretty illegal goings-on, escaping from this into further exploitation - it's a bit like a feathered version of an 18th century novel. Jay Mohr deserves special credit for voicing the parrot so brilliantly, while also taking a role as a most unsavoury criminal. The film doesn't make it clear that it is the same person, as he obviously does a different more parrot-like voice. The idea that parrots can speak for real is not entirely fictitious - I recently read an article about a bird in America that could do just that, and put verbs into the past tense - and it was a teaching book, so presumably quite reliable in its sources. Gena Rowlands also lends a special feeling to the film and the moment when Paulie brings her comb to her - her sight is failing at this point - is a moment of grace it is wonderful to see in a children's film, as I'm sure many would respond to it, and that it would tap into their own sense of kindness. It really is one of a kind!