colourful pastiche of Gilbert and Sullivan here as Dick Deadeye, dastardly
villain from the H.M.S. Pinafore, is
reinvented as a hero instructed by Queen
Elizabeth to rescue "The Ultimate Secret"
from the evil Sorcerer who, in turn, plans
to sell this desirable thing to the
Pirate King. Will Deadeye thwart the Sorcerer's
plans? And just what is this secret,
Along the way, Dick Deadeye encounters a
menagerie of classic Gilbert and
Sullivan characters and 26 of their
tunes are introduced, "borrowed" from their
operettas and given new lyrics and rock,
jazz and show arrangements.
The tracks have been lifted from: H.M.S.
Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates
Of Penzance, The Sorcerer, Trial By Jury,
Patience, Iolanthe and Utopia, Limited.
The film divides Gilbert & Sullivan
fans neatly into two camps: those who
can take this light-hearted pastiche
on the chin, and those who feel affronted
by what they perceive to be a slap in the
face of operetta.
Dick Deadeye is notable for its busy
design by the great Ronald
Searle. He also
designed the film's splendid poster art.
Enthusiasts should seek out the tie-in
book, featuring a selection of drawings
and designs for the film, courtesy of
Mr Searle and Bill Melendez' animation
crew. Bill Melendez is perhaps
most famous for his work on the animated
Peanuts/Charlie Brown series..
Gilbert And Sullivan's work was previously
translated into animated form by
Halas & Batchelor, with their version
of Ruddigore. More recently,
Groening's Simpsons team have created
the memorable character of Sideshow
Bob, voiced by Kelsey "Frasier"
Grammar. Bob is a dastardly thief and murder,
ex-assistant to Krusty The Clown, with
cultured tastes and a penchant for
Gilbert and Sullivan operetta...
The film is introduced
by the voice of Queen Elizabeth (Beth Porter), who
the film "open"...
Miller, Leo Rost
with additional lyrics by Robin Miller
Victor Spinetti (Dick Deadeye)
Linda Lewis (Yum Yum)
Reeves (Sorceror / Captain Of The Pinafore)
A Cooper (Pirate King)
Karlin (Little Buttercup)
Newton (Nanki / Poo)
McKenzie (Rose Maybud)
Ghent (Monarch Of The Sea / Major General)
Porter (Princess Zara / Queen Elizabeth)
Samwell (Pirate King)
Strike (Rose Maybud)
John Baldry (Monarch Of The Sea / Major General)