Soul Music: Ep.5

“The music must be heard.”

Soul Music

I am afraid, Constant Reader, that I have again reverted to reviewing the extremely obscure animated adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music, in the absence of anything else to write about.

In episode five: the Band with Rocks In go on tour, Death gets very drunk, and Susan is called upon by the wizards of Unseen University (all five of them) for some answers.

The lack of people is really starting to annoy me in this series. Anyone watching this who hadn’t read the books would naturally assume that Ankh-Morpork has a population of about 10. I mean, surely it wouldn’t cost anything to draw a few more faces into the inns and streets?

The dialogue – especially that involving minor characters – often seems inconsequential and unrealistic, with that peculiarly exaggerated quality you often find in children’s cartoons. There’s no sense of a bustling, alive city behind all of this – and Ankh-Morpork should be nothing if not alive.

I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with Soul Music as I’ve been reviewing it. It’s harder to look past its failings when the live-action films of Going Postal, Hogfather and The Colour of Magic, while not brilliant, are at least convincingly alive.

If you’re interested, here are the links to my previous reviews of Soul Music:

Ep.1

Ep.2

Ep.3

Ep.4

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