WILD THING

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Chuchel’s antics are am­pli­fied by ex­cel­lent sound de­sign: ev­ery in­ter­ac­tion prompts odd noises, whether it’s the twang of a cherry be­ing plucked from a tree, the strange croon of a snor­ing robin, or the crash of cym­bals upon a par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant col­li­sion of Chuchel and ob­sta­cle. Chuchel’s own non­sen­si­cal jab­ber­ings are so ex­pres­sive that he might as well be speak­ing Queen’s English, as he coos lov­ingly at a giant cherry, pleads with ma­li­cious, lightswitch-happy spirits or ut­terly flips his lit­tle or­ange lid and screams as his cherry is pil­fered for the umpteenth time. Alternative rock band DVA (who also com­posed Botan­ic­ula’s sound­track) scored Chuchel, its blend of acous­tic elec­tro and freak­folk a fine fit for Amanita’s un­pre­dictable gag reel.

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