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In the fantasy world of Discworld, their winter festival is called Hogswatch, which is ruled over by the Hogfather... a fat jolly man with tusks who doles out gifts to nice little children. An Assassin is hired to "take care of" the Hogfather, and he goes about it by invading the lair of the Toothfairy. To try to keep the world in order, Death puts on the Hogfather Costume and tries to sub in for the evening... meanwhile, Death's grandaughter, Susan is off to figure out what happened to the Hogfather.
If you have read the book, then you know that you probably laughed so hard you cried. Though the movie is funny, it is not nearly so as the book. They remain fairly faithful to the book, cutting only where necessary. But if you have not read the book... then you will watch this film in puzzlement. There is a great deal of assumption by the filmmakers that the viewer is already aware of Discworld and how it works. The opening shot of Great A'tuin with the four elephants is shown but never explained. The Unseen university is baffling if you don't already know about the wizards, and the Death of Rats makes no sense at all.
But if you HAVE read the book, you will be able to follow quite happily seeing the characters from your head pop into life.
The acting, though theatrical, is wonderful. The costuming is brilliant and the sets are strange and beautiful. Susan is a powerful yet likeable character. Death, though his mouth never moves, is one of the most human creatures in the film. Albert is a scream...Read more ›
The Discworld has Auditors, creatures who loath humanity and all the things that make us human. The Auditors engage the Guild of Assassins to whack the Hogfather, and the Guild designates the very spooky Jonathan Teatime (it's pronounced "tee-ah-tim-eh"), who hires a gang and methodically sets about this task. It takes Death; Death's granddaughter, Susan; Bilious, the Oh God of Hangovers; most of the wizardly faculty of Unseen University; and the Tooth Fairy to defeat Teatime, his gang and the Auditors.
Because more is at stake than Father Christmas. Belief is what makes us human, where the rising angel meets the falling ape. And if we can't practice on little lies - the Hogfather, the Tooth Fairy and the like - we won't be ready for the big lies - that there are such things as truth and justice, and that the sun will rise tomorrow.
The movie is brilliantly cast and acted. The difficult task of turning a Pratchett novel into a screenplay is generally successful, and the sets are simply terrific. Watch for Pratchett himself in a cameo. To paraphrase Pratchett, "They actually got it right."
Very highly recommended, and not just for hard core fans of Terry Pratchett.
The performances were all very good. Susan was pretty much how I envisioned she would be. Mr. Teatime (pronounced TEE-a-time-AY)was on the creepier side of Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka (I don't know how the character was in the book, but the portrayal in the movie was such a sickly creepy one that it sent shivers down my spine--truly a much scarier approach than if he were a hissing sort of assasin with a gravely voice and a five-o'clock shadow). Death's stint as the Hogfather was absolutely hilarious and tinged with moments of levity that make you nearly want to cry.
Terry Pratchett is a master of both praising and mocking the human condition. This adaptation of Hogfather will not disappoint. My only wish is for more film adaptations like this one to be made of his wonderful Discworld books.
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As a newcomer to Discworld, this movie was so much fun from beginning to end and I could not have wished for better "Christmas" film. Beautifully made. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Peter S.
I adore Terry Pratchett, and was very pleased by this adaptation. You can have It's A Wonderful Life -- THIS is my traditional Christmas film.Published 1 day ago by anthea7
Terry Pratchett was a genius, and his hand is very evident in this film. Unlike so many film adaptations, this is as good as the book, and retains the same flavor as the book... Read morePublished 3 days ago by William D. Gentry Jr.
Glad it had an english track. This is the only bluray version of Hogfather I could find. A great movie. I highly recommend it.Published 15 days ago by Jared P. Jurkiewicz
"Hogfather" is near the top of my list of all-time favorite Discworld novels by the late Terry Pratchett, and this made-for-TV version (2006) leaves out very little (the... Read morePublished 27 days ago by ealovitt
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There is an interview with Terry Pratchett regarding the movie and the original trailer. It is 189 minutes long and is very close to the original book published by Terry Pratchett.
Mar 7, 2008 by S. E. Redfield | See all 4 posts
No, it doesn't. I was watching it last night and I tried to put it on caption and I got nothing. :(
May 17, 2008 by Jenn with the papercuts | See all 8 posts
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