Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975)
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You DON'T have to be Norwegian to understand subtleties of this movie (maybe you just need to be a kid, even though grown up :)
This piece was superbly translated into Russian and I remember some of them till now. I can't say how much I love this movie. It was such a pity that I couldn't see it for so many years. I was in Norway once, but it was in spring and I missed your X-mas show :)
Can you picture my excitement, when I suddenly found Flåklypa Grand Prix on IMDB.com? I feel like if I found a childhood friend that I lost long ago.
I'm not gonna sketch the plot, couz' plenty other people have done it, but:
The humor is outstanding, the action is tense, and one can not help getting sucked into this world filled with nutcases, daydreamers, villains, plain goofy looking types, and hopelessly stupid inventions and the characters likewise way of thinking.
The music score is absolutely perfect, the dialog is sharp and fun, the scenes are extremely well done. It simply doesn't get any better than this.
Just my two cents
I'll never forget how my father would get my brother and I so riled up by insisting this was the time that Gore Slimy was going to win. Everyone who likes to cheer for an underdog should find a way to watch this film
Set in rural Norway in the mid 20th century, it tells the tale of a bicycle mechanic and his friends who wind up entering a car race with a homemade automobile. It is a story of wonder, adventure, charm, "getting by against the odds" and most of all friendship. It is a family film, enjoyed equally by teens, young-lings and adults alike. The humor is accessible to all ages and types of people, and the emotions that emanate from the screen are always moving the story forward and deepening your involvement about the characters and their environment. It is quite simply, an outstanding film, that should not be missed.
To balance my obvious admiration for this piece of work, I will now look on the flip side of this shining coin. Firstly, the film does stereotype slightly, and does so from a 1970 point of view. This makes some characters and jokes seem outdated and "inappropriate" nowadays. However, this is a minor flaw from which most all films of age suffer. The second and final "critisism" is this question: why was a (proper) sequel never made???
This film has had influence on Hollywood without the major public knowing about it. From Back to the Future to Star Wars Episode I, which pod racing scene is almost an exact copy from Flåklypa Grand Prix. If you are an avid film enthusiast and want to have light bulbs appear over your head in regards to finding our where things came from in some major Hollywood productions, then you should watch this film.
What more can I say but go and see it :)
Flåklypa Grand Prix is my absolute favorite of all movies ever made in the whole world!
This is a must see in Scandinavia. In Denmark a radioshow ran a campaign a couple of years ago so this movie could be shown in national tv.
The car in the movie (Il Tempo Gigante) was made in full scale (actually a guy from the Ferrari factory in Italy helped out on the bodywork), and can be seen on display and driving at "Hunderfossen" park in Norway.
I remember seeing it when it was first released, but seeing it again as an adult revealed lots of details:
1: Look at the eyes of the moose when the main caracters are watching tv.
2: The car registration HB 4596 as anounsed on the loudspeaker before the race refers to bootlegging booze: HB - Home Brewed, 45 (as in 45% proof, available in norwegian stores) - and 96 (as in 96 proof, what all bootleggers aim for)
3: And the game of chess played in the tent of "Ben- Redik - Fy Fasan" (actually a euphemism for "fy faen" - norwegian swearing meaning "the Devil") is a spanish play which you'll find in many books on chess.
and the list goes on
Yeah, this film is what makes me proud to be Norwegian. Reading the other comments on this film simply fills me with joy. I see it's hard to find abroad, but I'm sure it's possible to order an English version on the internet, and possibly the latest Caprio Collection DVD set with the ingenious short films that predates this full feature masterpiece.
If only the the up and coming Norwegian filmmakers could make something like this... It doesn't even have to be better, so long as it's close. But then again, that's why masterworks are masterworks, and everyone else are mere mortals.
This film took five years to make and was finished in 1975.. and it's been translated into 13 languages..
It is a work of genius - I love it.
The whole start is good. The music in the start starts it all.
If you are from Scandinavia: watch it.
If you are from the rest of the world: also watch it.
I love this Norwegian film WATCH IT
10/10 - Nuff said.
Then I watched it again, age 20, thinking this movie would sadly be "one of the childish past", but I was wrong. I laughed, and I got this really good feeling inside me, and I was amazed at the great attention to detail in this movie. There are so many things I didn't catch as a child that I could relate to this time, like the moonshine brewery kit, the moose on the wall with its moving eyes, the living fur, and the incredible "burnt asphalt" speed start of Il-Tempo Gigante. Of course, had this been anything near realistic, the Il-Tempo Gigante would have failed for lacking a streamlined profile and having too much gadgetry on it. But that is not what I see this movie for.
It is for me pure escapism to a small village in Norway's mountains filled with all sorts of quirky, funny devices and an excellent array of charming characters. It is among the five best movies I have ever seen, and the best puppet-animated movie yet, and is well overdue a place among the top 250 here on IMDb.
10 out of 10. "There is no question about it." -HAL
Caveat: it is doubtful, however, that one can truly appreciate the ingeniousness of this movie without being brought up in a traditional Norwegian way. This movie reflects in many ways Norwegian culture, and partly makes fun of it. If one doesn't know Norwegian culture by heart, this aspect is lost.
To all who haven't seen this movie: Go watch it, it's perfect. The story, the characters, the villains, the cars, the animation and just how to get the ideas behind this 'still stuns me. The only problem is that i've never seen the original version (only the danish version). However, should I ever get the chance to see the original I'll certainly not hesitate.
10 out of 10.
I can't imagine how much time and effort Ivo Caprino has spent on this movie project. It is really a genuine masterpiece.
Just see this movie. I haven't seen the translated versions, but if they are 10% as good as the original, it's worth it.
It is very "Norsk" -very Norwegian. That's why I loved watching it in it's original language, on the DVD.
I do however rate this film very highly on account of the following:
* The animation is brilliant (for it's time), with unique style and very distinctive puppets.
* Stereotypes of Norwegian small town characters are on display, and shown as only Kjell Aukrust can create them, and Ivo Caprino make them alive.
* Though the storyline is quite basic, the film is well paced, and the racing scenes is exiting, hence neither childrens or adults need be bored.
PS! Watch out for the 'Burnoff' scene. Michael Schumacher - eat your heart out.
This simply has to be the best animation movie ever made! Yeah, i am aware that recent animation movies are a lot more technically advanced. but the fact that it took more than 20 years, and a heck of a lot more technology, for the rest of the world to duplicate what Ivo Caprino did with his dolls, stands as a bullet proof testimony that the guy was an incredible genius. Ad to that the marvelous script written by Kjell Aukrust, an equally genius man, and you have a movie that will continue to amuse people young and old, for decades to come.
Yes, I have been impressed by the good animation on recent animation movies, and some of them even have a darned good plot, but they don't even come close when it comes to sheer entertainment value. And even when it comes to animation, this movie,despite it's age, are better than some of the new ones! It should not be possible, but it is!!!
There is something about that low key humour and warmth of heart, that lack in recent kind movies. Nowadays it is just full throttle action from start to end. The plot often seems to come second or third. Flåklypa Grandprix makes you fell strongly for or against the characters, whom are so wonderfully described, that you feel you know them personally.
Now, there certainly are plenty of action in this movie, but even the Action sequences is made with a twinkle in the eye.
I realize that much of the humour of the movie is very "Norwegian", and as such may be difficult to translate. And sadly I have been told that Norwegian is one of the hardest languages to learn in the world. This is probably the reason that it is relatively unknown outside Scandinavia.(shakes my head sadly) but I know there is both an American and German version. I have not seen any of those, but still I urge you all out there, if you ever get the chance to see this wonderful movie, then DO IT!!! I am fully convinced that you will have a fond memory for the rest of your life.
I apologize to all Americans that read this, but Disney Company could never make an animation movie half as good as Flåklypa Grand Prix. Not now anyway. Disney's latest productions looks like they don't even care making an effort, and keep resting and snoring on Walt's laurels. That was a man, which genius even Ivo Caprino had to look up to.
Well, thats it for now.
PS! The Car Race at the end of the movie, are so good that you actually find yourself forced to the sides of your chair by the G force.
The animation may seem a bit crude by today's standards, but keep in mind how long ago this was made. When compared to the popular Rankin-Bass animations of the time, it is easily comparable if not superior.
Motorsport fans will appreciate the level of detail on the cars and the humor, as well as the fine sound effects used from various racing engines. Especially enjoyable is having Murray Walker announce the race. For Americans that aren't familiar with Murray, he truly is a living legend among motorsports enthusiasts in Britain for his exciting and distinctive call of Formula 1 on the BBC and ITV through the years. He retired in 2001, but still makes occasional appearances. ( It would be similar to having someone like Cubs announcer Harry Caray do the call of an animated baseball game or Bob Cole of the CBC doing hockey).
The only minor complaint I would make is that the dialog and vocabulary is a bit advanced for young viewers ( especially in the opening sequences ) even though the film seems to be more aimed at kids than adults. This may not apply in the original Norwegian version and just be a matter of translation. Once the action begins, the kids should be glued to the set though.
I'd only just arrived and so my norwegian wasn't up to much at the time, however, I knew that what I was seeing was something special.
I spent about six years trying to remember what exactly it was called until finally the wonderful internet helped me to find it again.
Now, having shown it to my five year old, I know that this film is timeless as she adores it too.
I recommend this film to anyone who wants to see something the equal of anything produced by Aardman - my little girl likes the hedgehog best.
Otherwise FGP is outstanding animated and is the best of Caprino's animated films.