Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) (2006)




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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Movie Info

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, Rovi
Animation , Comedy , Drama
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Columbia TriStar


Woody Harrelson
as Roy Arnie (English language version)
Jan Saelid
as Roy Arnie (Norwegian language version)
Simon Pegg
as Odd (English language version)
Anders T. Andersen
as Odd (Norwegian language version)
Phil Daniels
as Gaz (English language version)
Egil Birkeland
as Geir (Norwegian language version)
Jay Simpson
as Flea (English language version)
Terje Rangnes
as Kaelle (Norwegian language version)
Kyle MacLachlan
as Marius (English language version)
Kristopher Schau
as Marius (Norwegian language version)
Tinken Laurantzon
as Bettina (Norwegian language version)
Emilia Fox
as Bettina (English language version)
Janne Ronningen
as Lise (Norwegian language version)
Lisa Maxwell
as Lise (English language version)
Samantha Morton
as Sonia (English language version)
Kristin Skogheim
as Sonja (Norwegian language version)
Kris Marshall
as Erik (English language version)
Are Sende Osen
as Eirik (Norwegian language version)
Mikael Holmberg
as Stromowskij (Norwegian language version)
Jim Broadbent
as Stromowskij (English language version)
Klaus Joachim Sonstad
as Hold Brillan/Tarjei (Norwegian language version)
James Cosmo
as HudMaSpecs (English language version)
David Tennant
as Hamish (English language version)
Douglas Henshall
as Eddie (English language version)
Mikal Gaup
as Mattis/Ante/Jakki (Norwegian language version)
Reece Shearsmith
as Ante (English language version)
Mark Gatiss
as Jacki (English language version)
Steve Pemberton
as Mattis (English language version)
Megan Dodds
as Claire (English and Norwegian language versions)
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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 16, 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 16, 2008

Deeply unhinged, deeply awful.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008

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 16, 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 16, 2008
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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
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
Mike S

Super Reviewer

What in the hell was this?.,......absolute mince immafraid. I had hoped for much more mand was seriously might not be but then again.......................

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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