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James Bobin: The best UK film maker you’ve never heard of?

James Bobin: The best UK film maker you’ve never heard of?



James Bobin? Who be he, you ask? Well, he is the UK director who’s been tickling your funny bones for longer than you may realise.  From starting out on the Da Ali G Show and then bringing back The Muppets, UK director Bobin is now helming Alice’s return to Underland in Alice Through The Looking Glass.  Taking over from Tim Burton (who’s now on producing duties) James Bobin told us about his love for Lewis Carroll and reuniting with Sacha Baron-Cohen in our exclusive video below.

After Alice finishes her adventures, James will next be kick starting the Men In Black/Jump Street universe with MIB 23 (yes, that will be an actual thing).  So before he becomes the official Next Big Thing in Hollywood, come with us as we take you through the highlights of his career so far:

Da Ali G Show (2000)

Respect! Ali G was the self-obsessed comedy creation of Bobin and Sacha Baron-Cohen (who also pops up as Time in Alice Through The Looking Glass) whose unwitting interviewees thought was completely real.  The wannabe gangster straight outta Staines provided us with the most cringe TV moments ever, including this very serious meeting at the FB-aiiiiii (Warning: clip may contain adult humour and strong language)

Flight Of The Conchords (2007-2009)

They were the greatest folk rock band to come out of New Zealand since….Crowded House, we guess?  After the success of Ali G, Bobin teamed up with comedy duo Bret Mackenzie and Jemaine Clement for this hilarious yet short-lived musical sitcom following the Conchord’s search for love and success in New York.  It was a quiet cult hit that gave us such gems as Leggy Blonde, Business Time and the potent Hiphopotamus Vs. Rhymenocerous.


The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Bobin made the jump to the big screen with the comeback of Jim Henson’s most sensational, inspirational, muppentational characters.  The first film was a huge success and introduced Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie the Bear to a new generation of fans.  Working again with the Conchord’s Bret Mackenzie, the first film won an Oscar for Best Original Song (waves arms around excitedly, Kermit-style).  


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