Mort (1987)

Creators

Terry Pratchett (writer).

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Spin-off:

Wyrd Sisters (1988)

Creators

Terry Pratchett (writer).

Subject

Most centrally, Macbeth (1606).

Commentary

Probably the first time Pratchett found a really rich premise for the Discworld.

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Adaptation:

Wyrd Sisters (1997) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2018.

Commentary

Oddly faithful. It preserves even the most literary jokes, which doesn’t make sense for a film, and it animates the silent movie gags instead of using film. It’s also too cheaply produced to bring any visual pleasure to the adaptation, and it adds a few stereotypes (like the enhanced appearance of WxrtHltl-jwl, pronounced here) but its overall faithfulness is sort of endearing.

animation fiction moving picture series

Spin-off:

Guards! Guards! (1989)

Creators

Terry Pratchett (writer).

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Spin-off:

Pyramids (1989)

Creators

Terry Pratchett (writer).

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Spin-off:

Moving Pictures (1990)

Creators

Terry Pratchett (writer).

Commentary

It’s got very little to do with fantasy.

References here: Soul Music (1994).

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Spin-off:

Men at Arms (1993)

Creators

Terry Pratchett (writer).

Commentary

The silicon brain heat sink is the perfect symbol of Pratchett’s Discworld: The mad genius of a late-night D&D session, building a world by probing its limits, including its limits as fiction.

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Spin-off:

Soul Music (1994)

Creators

Terry Pratchett (writer).

Commentary

Like Moving Pictures (1990), it’s too thinly connected to the secondary world to achieve much.

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