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Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) (2006)

Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) (2006)

Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri)




Critic Consensus: A weird, misfiring, Norwegian animated mess of a film. Unsure of who its target audience is, it misses every target.

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A drug-addled elephant is on the run from people who either want to help him or kill him in this dark computer-animated comedy that is decidedly not for children. Jimmy is a performing elephant who travels with a third-rate Russian circus run by ringmaster Stromowski (voice of Jim Broadbent). Jimmy's minder is a sleazy American expatriate, Roy Arnie (voice of Woody Harrelson), who keeps the nervous beast pacified with regular doses of heroin. Roy has also hidden a large stash of the drug under Jimmy's skin, but Roy's decided he wants out of circus life and plans to sell the dope and go his own way. However, in order to do that he has to put Jimmy out of his misery, and he recruits three stoner buddies -- Odd (voice of Simon Pegg), Gaz (voice of Phil Daniels) and Flea (voice of Jim Simpson) -- to help whack the elephant. However, it seems Roy is also in debt to some gangsters (voices of Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton) who happen to know that he's hidden the drugs in the elephant, and they're aiming to grab Jimmy before Roy and his pals can. As it happens, they're both beaten to the punch by a group of dim-witted animal rights activists led by Marius (voice of Kyle MacLachlan), who liberate Jimmy and the other circus animals, not realizing they've just sent a junkie pachyderm into the wilds as it's going cold turkey, with only a friendly moose for help. Free Jimmy also features the voice talents of Samantha Morton, Emilla Fox and Lisa Maxwell. Though it was produced in Norway, two versions exist, one with a mostly English-cast (referenced above) and one with a mostly Norwegian cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Animation, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Nielsen, Simon Pegg
In Theaters:
Columbia TriStar


Woody Harrelson
as Roy Arnie (English l...
Jan Saelid
as Roy Arnie (Norwegian...
Simon Pegg
as Odd (English languag...
Anders T. Andersen
as Odd (Norwegian langu...
Phil Daniels
as Gaz (English languag...
Egil Birkeland
as Geir (Norwegian lang...
Jay Simpson
as Flea (English langua...
Terje Rangnes
as Kaelle (Norwegian la...
Kyle MacLachlan
as Marius (English lang...
Kristopher Schau
as Marius (Norwegian la...
Tinken Laurantzon
as Bettina (Norwegian l...
Emilia Fox
as Bettina (English lan...
Janne Ronningen
as Lise (Norwegian lang...
Lisa Maxwell
as Lise (English langua...
Samantha Morton
as Sonia (English langu...
Kristin Skogheim
as Sonja (Norwegian lan...
Kris Marshall
as Erik (English langua...
Are Sende Osen
as Eirik (Norwegian lan...
Mikael Holmberg
as Stromowskij (Norwegi...
Jim Broadbent
as Stromowskij (English...
Klaus Joachim Sonsta...
as Hold Brillan/Tarjei ...
James Cosmo
as HudMaSpecs (English ...
David Tennant
as Hamish (English lang...
Douglas Henshall
as Eddie (English langu...
Mikal Gaup
as Mattis/Ante/Jakki (N...
Reece Shearsmith
as Ante (English langua...
Mark Gatiss
as Jacki (English langu...
Steve Pemberton
as Mattis (English lang...
Megan Dodds
as Claire (English and ...
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Critic Reviews for Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

This adult-orientated, computer-generated animation isn't an especially successful outing but still serves as an impressive antidote to the Disney-Pixar norm.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Pic could be too dark, dirty and insufficiently funny to achieve more than cult success.

Full Review… | May 30, 2006
Top Critic

Norway may be wonderful for many things but feature-length animation currently isn't one of them.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008

Deeply unhinged, deeply awful.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Times (UK)

Free Jimmy is a sledgehammer Norwegian animation that metes out all manner of cruelty to dumb animals, not least the ones in the audience.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008

They say an elephant never forgets. But even the most anally-retentive pachyderm would be desperate to banish this misfiring mess to the darkest reaches of memory.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri)


CGI animted adult adult rated movie. The jokes are funny enough but with a sinister and often pointless punchline. The undertone of the movie is built up around drug use and trafficking, inside an Elephants tummy to say the least. I didnt watch this movie with much expectation and left with less, but for some this movie will be cult comedy.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer


Really weird and not my kind of movie at all, despite the fact that it has actors like Woody Harrelson and Kyle McLachlan doing the voice-overs. As for the many reasons of why I didn't like it, I'm not quite sure where to begin, but for one thing, the animation is pretty crappy and a real mess. They're jerky, stiff and about as far away from Pixar and DreamWorks as you can come. Not to mention the ugly character design, which felt like needles to the eyes. Overall, however, I'd say it's an okay film. Nothing I'd recommend, but not so bad that it's unbearable to watch.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

A dark and tragic animated comedy. The bleak humour I found to be quite funny, and the whole grim outlook turns animatd films upside down. This is certainly part crime film, reminiscent of Lock,Stock...but with an elephant thrown in. The animation is beautiful, looking unlike mainstream CGI and looking more akin to stop-motion. It's a bit slow to get started and a lot of the dialogue has been heard before, but for scenes such as that with the moose and Jimmy you wont find more emotional or exceptional animation anywhere.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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