By Mighty Boosh director Paul King
Noel Fielding in The Bunny and the Bull

Oddball road movie The Bunny And The Bull takes The Mighty Boosh’s otherworldly motley crew of freaky characters and bizarre events to an even darker place with suitably hilarious results. Despite sharing some similar traits and talents (primarily Boosh director Paul King), The Bunny And The Bull certainly isn’t the big screen successor to its televised cousin; it’s very much its own nightmarish beast.

Stephen Turnbull is, in the loosest of terms, our hero on this outing. A combination of agoraphobia, compulsive hoarding and other obsessive behaviours indicate that his mental state is somewhere over the cuckoo’s nest. A sudden flood of memories begin to explain his strange behaviour and it all stems from train trek across Europe with his unlikely chum Bunny. Bunny isn’t what you call reliable, a particularly good friend or even a nice guy. His interventions force Stephen’s ordered itinerary of dull museums into a chaotic, improvised trip made all the more unpredictable by Bunny’s desire to find bookies and beer at every possible opportunity.

Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are among the sickly mythological characters that the odd couple meet en route. Barratt plays Attila, a homeless dog collector - part-man, part-mammal - with deliciously grim glee, his extreme black humour pitched closer to one of Little Britain’s fouler creations. He certainly rules over Fielding’s eccentric matador Javier who surely holds the distinction of being the most Cockney man in the whole of Spain. The shaggy dog story teeters between representing Stephen’s odd take on reality and being little more than a figment of his fractured imagination, thereby ensuring Fielding’s familiar enunciation becomes another part of this twisted fable.

The Bunny And The Bull holds the rare distinction of being a road movie constructed in the studio. Its ‘Europe’ is actually a collection of compelling animations, imaginative montages and elaborate projections. Visually it’s inventive, attention grapping and entirely original; a strength that’s particularly welcome given that it suffers slightly from The Boosh’s comedic inconsistency. As for the bull of the title? That’s another story altogether…


Words by Ben Hopkins


Read an interview with 'The Bunny And The Bull' director Paul King HERE.

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