Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Gallaxy

2005 - Dir Garth Jennings
Shown at The FeckenOdeon on 5th May, 2007 (Charity Peformance)
This all started on Radio 4. A seemingly unlikely place for something so outrageously wacky. It was a twelve part series written by Doctor Who script editor Douglas Adams. BBC bosses were at first reluctant and, like many other slightly unusual projects, it hit the airwaves in 1978 at a less than popular time of day.... and became a runaway success. It was almost immediately repeated and Adams quickly converted it into an equally popular trilogy of five books. There was a less than satisfactory cheap and cheerful TV mini series but it was always hoped that Hitch-hiker’s would find its way onto the giant cinema screen. Several attempts to mount the project foundered on the sheer improbability of the thing - until Mickey Mouse came to the rescue
HItch-hiker’s seems an unlikely candidate for the attentions of the Walt Disney empire (Touchstone is a Disney company) - but, to their very great credit, they allowed Adams to supervise the project until his untimely death in 2001. Purists may find fault - but there is much to enjoy in this large scale re-envisioning of something that previously had been thought best left in the imagination. SHARE & ENJOY!
The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy offers the following words of comfort for space travellers:
· It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
· Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
· Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
· You will need to know the difference between Friday and a fried egg. It's quite a simple difference, but an important one. Friday comes at the end of the week, whereas a fried egg comes out of a chicken.


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