“Tomorrow will take us away/Far from home/No-one will ever know our names/But the bard’s song will remain.”
Yes, we’re back in the wonderful, topsy-turvy world of Soul Music, the animated adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel. Yes, television has once again failed me.
In episode 4, the Band With Rocks In find a manager – the unscrupulous Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler – and play their first concert at notorious troll bar the Cavern. Meanwhile, the wizards (all five of them – a veritable university, I’m sure you’ll agree) try to find out what the music is, inventing the tape-player in the process, Death gets drunk, and Susan warns Buddy about the power of the guitar. Just another day in Ankh-Morpork.
I’ve said this before, but the real weakness of this adaptation is the lack of people, especially in Unseen University. It’s a university. There are meant to be students. Instead there are five wizards all behaving as if they are about five years old.
What else? Well, of course, it’s funny – Glod’s sarcasm is a highlight: “Oh, the guitar likes the idea, does it? Well, that’s sorted then.” The music is convincingly authentic – this episode, Buddy, Cliff and Glod morph into the Beatles. The voice acting is generally spot-on, although the wizards annoy me (as previously noted). But I think I’m going off this adaptation a little, it’s just so juvenile. Perhaps it’s because it’s a cartoon. I don’t know.
Anyway, if you want to read my reviews of the first three episodes, the links are here: