Bunny and The Bull

I am obsessed with all things even vaguely related to The Mighty Boosh, a bizarre comedy from the UK that features besties Howard Moon, a gloomy jazz fan, Vince Noir, an androgynous mod, Naboo the shaman, and Bollo the talking gorilla as they go on "a journey through time and space." (Incidentally, the DVDs of the show are finally available for region 1 DVD players!)

There have been rumors of a Boosh movie, and Noel Fielding is also in a bizarro fake documentary called I Spit on Your Rave as the Zombie King. (It's described as "a mockumentary by director Chris Boyle about the first post-apocalypse zombie music festival" and is due out in 2010.) But meanwhile, I'll sate my ravenous hunger for more of the Boosh crew with their new movie, Bunny and the Bull. Boosh director Paul King wrote and directed the screenplay, and fans will be excited to see Boosh regulars Julian Barratt (Howard Moon) and Noel Fielding (Vince Noir) among the cast, as well as Simon Farnaby, who plays Bunny, and Richard Ayoade. It sounds as bizarre and hard to describe as The Mighty Boosh, based on the write-up on the TIFF website.



"Stephen Turnbull (Edward Hogg) hasn't left the house in months. He has an extremely precise daily routine, and his system works well: he has no need to interact with the world or think about anything in particular. But one day an infestation of mice wreaks havoc on his schedule, unleashing a chaos that rattles his mental cage and sends him hurtling through the past. This means reliving the disastrous European trek upon which he had embarked the previous year with his best friend Bunny (Simon Farnaby)."

It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is also playing at the London Film Festival later this month. It got mixed, though overall positive, reviews at TIFF; Twitch's Todd Brown wrote, "Bunny & The Bull is a wildly creative piece of work, one that charms with both its visual style and the authentic, if bumpy friendship, between this incredibly mismatched pair and Bunny's determination to show Stephen a good time. The flaws are significant but not enough to overwhelm the positives, not by a long shot." And MONDOmagazine likened it to such fantastical directors as "Gondry, Terry Gilliam, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet."

In this clip, Julian Barratt (Howard Moon on The Mighty Boosh) drinks milk from a dog named Cow. That's pretty much all you need to know. Watch it now.