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The Film
Steve Oedekerk originally brought you Thumb Wars and now his courageous team bring you Bat Thumb. This film as you can guess parodies the movie classic Batman.

Blue Jay - slightly fruity
Bat Thumb is a mix of CGI and “live Action” in which many, many thumbs are used to portray the characters from the film, albeit with different names such as Vicky Nail and Wuse Bane. The villain is played by No Face – a thumb with no eyes or mouth. After No Face robs a bank, Wuse is called on the flashing red Bat phone by the commissioner. Rushing to the Bat Burrow, Bat Thumb gets into his black and shiny crime fighting Thumb Mobile and rushes to Gaathumb to get on the case.

Along the way however he encounters a kid who believes he is Bat Thumb’s side kick – Blue Jay (in his home made hilarious costume). Bat Thumb has no idea who this kid is so he flies away (yes, Bat Thumb can fly). Blue Jay is not to be outdone however, and he boards his sister’s bike and chases after the caped crusader. One short sob story (with tears) later from Blue Jay, and Bat Thumb has a partner. The dynamic duo race to No Face’s old hideout and confront him however he is prepared. His goons attack the pair, but Bat Thumb manages to fight them off (while Blue Jay runs around screaming). Unfortunately Evil wins out this time and a well placed net captures the pair.

In typical Batman fashion the pair cannot just die; a fiendishly complicated trap must be set making the pairs death take longer, and also giving them time to escape. No Face sets off the machine which will eventually drop his evil formula onto the dynamic duos faces, removing their faces altogether. Luckily, prepared as ever (I am sure you all remember the Bat Shark Repellent from the original Batman film!) Bat Thumb reaches to his utility belt and gets.. wait for it… his Thumb Sabre, which is a light sabre with a bat shape on the end. The pair race to the city where the final confrontation takes place as No Face starts to deploy his evil formula onto the unsuspecting crowds!

Vicky Nail - get's into bed quickly
This is obviously a comedy show and there are a lot of jokes in it however, they don’t really come quick enough for me. It’s not that I didn’t laugh at it, but a lot of it was pretty lame. A few of the scenes from the Michael Keaton film are mimicked and are done well, including the dark face with the light across the eyes shot and the end shot with Batman, sorry Bat Thumb on a building looking at the Bat sign in the sky. Parts of the script are quite clever and for such a small production some of the CGI is quite impressive indeed. However, a lot of the humour present is dare I say it, too American. Other countries do laugh at different things and find different sorts of humour to their taste, and that is why only parts of this film are funny.

Video
Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, Bat Thumb looks rather good to be honest. It’s certainly no epic presentation, but the colours are vibrant and there are very few if any artefacts present on the film. Blacks are quite dark and there is very little low level noise.

Audio
Dolby Digital 2.0 all the way here with the main soundtrack presented in English, French, German and Spanish. A couple of nice sound effects (for instance when Blue Jay reveals his wings for the first time) make this an average soundtrack. Vocals are clear, however at times they do sound a little close to the viewer. I think the best way to explain it would be to say they have tried to make Bat Thumb's voice deeper and quieter to give him a sense of calm control as in the films.

No Face - just how does he talk?
Extras
Let me just mention the menus – they are all animated which is great and totally unexpected for such a small production, which impressed me. First up is a Behind the Scenes featurette which is supposed to be a humorous look at the “actors” as they prepare for, and work in their roles. This lasts a minute and was about sixty seconds too long for me. The Deleted Scenes are next which feature Wuse’s drunk butler and some people in a crowd. Again the one minute running time was painful. Following this are the Cast Interviews which are more “funny” shorts which feature interviews with Wuse, Bat Thumb, one of the thugs, Blue Jay and a cop. This was one of the longest four minutes I have ever had to sit through. I didn’t even smile once. If you buy this, don’t watch that part.

The Bat Thumb teaser trailer was quite good as it pokes fun at other Hollywood teasers. It’s not funny, but I liked it’s style. The Bat Thumb cartoon trailer is a violent mix of colours and pictures played with “funky” music. I am not sure what point it serves, but someone obviously spent a long time making it. The Storyboards section is ninety seconds worth of slideshow featuring the story of Bat Thumb, hand drawn. Fascinating! Before we get to the trailers, the final extra is a Feature Length Commentary with the likes of director David Merrell, Mike Deprez (director of photography), Frank Kowal (set director) and the production designer Jorg Dubin. Its four guys chatting about their production but basically they are messing about and it’s more of the same funnyness. I couldn’t listen to all of it. The final extras are trailers for Thumb Wars, Thumbtanic, The Blair Thumb, Frakenthumb and The Godthumb. Reviews of some of these will be following this in the coming weeks.

Oscar winning scene of triumph
Overall
Not as good as Thumb Wars, but with a couple of good moments. This short feature film is not something I would ask you to buy or even rent. There may be a decent selection of extra features, but most of them made me cry out in pain. Perhaps I am getting too old for this, or I’m not drunk enough.


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