The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)

The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)

Directed by: Henrik Drescher

Starring: Robin Williams

This was… one of the craziest animations I’ve ever seen. I guess it’s just the art style which is just so goddamn out there and bizarre (which I guess makes sense, since this is Drescher’s only IMDb credit whatsoever) combined with the eternally-running engine that is Robin Williams… It’s nuts. I have no other words for it.

It’s a bit of a classic fairy tale: an idiot child meets a magic old man in the woods who gives him a magic flying boat so he can marry the czar’s daughter. Along the way to meet the czar, he picks up a bunch of crazy people who can do things like hear across the world and run across the world and see across the world and PHYSICALLY PULL THE WORLD INTO A BIG PILE, and they have to do three tasks to marry the girl, because the czar is disappointed that the person with the flying ship wasn’t the prince of the moon. Old as the hills.

So Robin Williams is the narrator and does all the voices, which is just great, because I think unless he’s given the opportunity to voice upwards of thirty characters, he just doesn’t know what to do with himself and probably explodes or something. Won’t somebody think of Robin Williams?! The answer is no, you won’t, because you won’t be able to see anything at all except the intensely ugly characters, especially at night and when you close your eyes. Really, any time that fear is an appropriate emotion, that’s where you’ll see these things again.

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