Entertainment

Don't Miss Netflix's Adorable Short Film 'Robin Robin'

The short, from Aardman Animations, is nominated for an Oscar.

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Netflix

Whenever there’s word of a new Aardman project, animation diehards prick up their ears. When Netflix announced it was partnering with the British studio known for Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Chicken Run to make a festive stop-motion short film titled Robin Robin, fans knew they were in for a holiday treat at the end of 2021. Now nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, the 32-minute Robin Robin is available on Netflix to watch whenever you want, which is great news because it is really something special.

A family of mice living in a rubbish dump take in an orphaned robin chick when her egg falls out of a nearby tree. Robin (voiced by Bronte Carmichael) is determined to prove herself worthy of her mouse siblings, tagging along to sneak stealthily into the homes of “Who-Men” to steal their crumbs and sandwiches. She’s even fashioned the feathers on her head into a pair of tiny mouse ears. But, being a bird, she realizes that she’s terrible at sneaking, and goes off on a journey to find a way to bring back food for her family, meeting a bottle-cap-collecting magpie (Richard E. Grant) and a hungry cat (Gillian Anderson) along the way. Obviously, she finds out that her biggest differences are also her biggest strengths.

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Netflix
Netflix

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that this isn’t an Aardman project at all. Directors Dan Ojari and Mikey Please opted for the softer, cozier look of felted wool instead of the studio’s traditional plasticine, which is a clay-like putty. This makes every creature seem made of feathers or fur, setting them apart from the objects scattered around the movie’s beautifully detailed sets. Because it is Aardman, the fluidity of the stop-motion in characters’ wide eyes and delicate mouths and expressive flicks of wings makes you forget you’re watching such a complex form of animation at all.

The story is Christmas-themed (it was released at the end of November 2021), so while it’s not exactly seasonally appropriate right at this moment, its autumnal/wintry setting immediately brings to mind similar animated projects like Wes Anderson’s gold-tinted Fantastic Mr. Fox and Cartoon Network’s sinister seasonal staple Over the Garden Wall. The latter is even more appropriate once the little characters of Robin Robin start throwing songs into the mix. Mice sing about the benefits of sneaking, and the magpie sings about all the wonderful shiny stuff he’s collected. Even if you’re not currently obsessed with catching up on everything nominated ahead of Oscar night, Robin Robin is a delight you shouldn’t miss.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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