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This is the best and most original piece of pop-culture from Norway
ever. I love this movie. It is unique. It is a doll-movie. The
motor-race in the movie is really good and well filmed. The dolls are
well-made and filmed very well - with stop-motion. All the inventions
and mechanics in the film are very good designed.
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.
Two words: Pod racing. I haven't payed much attention to the end titles
of Star Wars Episode I, but there really should be a "thank you
Caprino" in there somewhere. Of course that's an entirely different
picture, but still the racing scenes are conspicuously similar to the
ones in the thirty-some years older Pinchcliffe Grand Prix.
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.
Well, this one is a true diamond! Ever since I watched it the first
time as a 7 year old, I have loved this movie. I am now 29 and still
do. I don't know how many times I have seen this movie, but it manages
to catch me every time.
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.
I remember first seeing this movie at a showing at Rockefeller in Oslo,
Norway. I was about 7 years then. I remember how funny all the
characters were, and how I loved the cars and the racing action in it.
After that I have seen it a lot of times at home with friends and
family, but I never got tired of it.
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
This is simply a masterpiece. It is the most seen Norwegian movie ever,
seen by 5,5 million people in a country of only 4,5 million. It is
considered to be the best Norwegian movie ever, and with reason. I've
seen it around 20 times, and I can't get enough of it. It's one of very
few movies out there which can appeal to a five-year old and an
eighty-five-year old at the same time, on different levels.
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.
I first watched this movie when I was about five years old (already at
that time it was old) and I've seen it many times since. It's just
about the best animated movie ever, forget Finding Nemo (which is a
great movie) or the Toy Story-films, this is simply sublime.
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.
People get really impressed of movies like "Team America", but this 30
year old movie doesn't even give space for competition. That something
like this could be made 30 years ago is fantastic itself. They even
started the shooting as early as in the late sixties. What makes this
movie different from other movies in the same genre, is the characters.
The details takes your breath away.
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.
I first saw this movie when i was 11 years old, and it was love at first
sight. In 1977, I bought it on super-8. Before VHS or any other home movie
standard, that was the only way to own a copy. Sadly it's only about 20
The DVD double disk version brought me right back to the first time I saw
"Bjergkøbing grand prix" (as it is called in Denmark), in the cinema. I'm
proud to say, that back in 1975, in that little cinema, I fell out of the
chair during the final race scenes.
I often wish that the same thing would happen to day. But they simply
make films like this anymore, and that's a shame. Then of course, the
chairs today are much more comfortable.
It is very "Norsk" -very Norwegian. That's why I loved watching it in it's original language, on the DVD.
This film is the best norwegian film ever made!! It is impossible to get
tired of watching this film... I've seen it many times and it's only
better every time..
But you have to be a Norwegian or understand the Norwegian language to
enjoy this masterpiece..
This film took five years to make and was finished in 1975.. and it's been translated into 13 languages..
First: As I am Norwegian, and have lived with this film since I was about
six years old I am biased!! I also expect that it's US/UK translation will
lose some of the 'Norwegian' humor, hence it may seem less interesting in
it's international release.
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.
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