Grendel Grendel Grendel

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Grendel Grendel Grendel
Directed by Alexander Stitt
Produced by Phillip Adams (producer)
Alexander Stitt (producer)
Greg Terry (associate producer)
Written by Alexander Stitt (screenplay)
Starring Peter Ustinov
Music by Bruce Smeaton
Cinematography John Pollard
Victorian Film
Distributed by Satori (1981) (USA)
Release date(s)
  • 9 July 1981 (1981-07-09)
Running time 88 min.
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU$550,000 (est.)[1]

Grendel Grendel Grendel is an Australian animated film based on John Gardner's novel Grendel and starring Peter Ustinov. It was released in 1981.

Written, directed and designed by designer Alexander Stitt, this was the second full-length fully animated film ever made in Australia (coming after 1972's Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon).

Like Gardner's novel, the film is a retelling of part of the epic poem Beowulf from the monster Grendel's point of view. Grendel (voiced by Ustinov) is by turns a thoughtful and contemplative character and a rampaging monster who attacks the mead hall of an early Danish kingdom, biting the head off of one would-be defender.

The music was composed and conducted by Bruce Smeaton and has been released on the 1M1 Records label.


  1. ^ David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p312

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