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The Amazing Maurice is a 2022 animated film from Sky Cinema based on the Discworld novel The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. It's the story of a cat, the Amazing Maurice, who has a scam with some intelligent rats and a stupid-looking kid who can play a pipe. Because everyone knows how that story goes, right?

It stars Hugh Laurie as the Amazing Maurice, Himesh Patel as Keith, Emilia Clarke as Malicia, David Tennant as Dangerous Beans, Gemma Arterton as Peaches, Ariyon Bakare as Darktan, Joe Sugg as Sardines, Julie Atherton as Nourishing, Hugh Bonneville as the Mayor, David Thewis as the Boss Man, and Rob Brydon as the Piper.


The first trailer is available here.

This film has examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Sardines wears a top hat and a bow tie, Peaches wears a headscarf, Darktan has two bandoliers (as in the book) and Nourishing wears a leather waistcoat and helmet.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Maurice is "a sort of mucky tabby" in the book, but ginger here.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Sardines the tap-dancing show-rat is a black-and-white rat who looks like he's wearing a tuxedo, and has thick whiskers that look like a handlebar moustache.
  • Quotes Fit for a Trailer: The trailer has a lot of fun with Malicia's obsession with stories, and tendency to wonder what kind of story she's in.
  • Race Lift: Keith's race isn't mentioned in the book, but before Himesh Patel was cast, concept art had him as a blond white kid.