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Karlovy Vary 2010: Jan Sverak's Kooky

4 July 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Well-established Czech helmer Jan Sverák made a huge splash when he won Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 1996 for Kolya, his latest film, is not only similar title-wise, but it features a title character in the same age demo. His new film entitled Kooky, shares the name of a dusty teddy bear in a state of disrepair. The bear's owner is a six year-old asthmatic named Ondra. When Ondra's mother throws it away and it finds its way at the city dump, Ondra prays that his beloved teddy bear will somehow his way back home, but when the toddler awakes, he begins the journey of venturing into a creature-filled world, set on a quest to bring him back. "Kooky" works as a live action version of Pixar's "Toy Story", and is dipped in motifs from "Alice in Wonderland" the classic novel, not the recent film. Although the portrait doesn't »

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Kooky’s Return Trailer: This Time, With Subtitles and English-Language Website

8 April 2010 3:42 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Not long ago I posted the trailer for Kooky's Return, a beautiful-looking film by Jan Sverák (director of the Best Foreign Film Oscar-winning Kolya) that combines live-action and puppets for a slightly off-beat, very imaginative look at childhood. At the time the trailer featured no subtitles. Just after posting, however, I got in touch with the film's production designer, Jakub Dvorský, and he recently mailed to point out that the trailer is now subtitled. So here's an encore presentation. Watch the trailer and read the info below and you'll see why I'm excited about this film. But I was even more excited to find that Jakub Dvorský had a hand in it. Gamers may know Dvorský by his alter-ego, Amanita Design, through which he has been responsible for several truly wonderful flash games: the two episodes of Samorost and, more recently, Machinarium. (If you're unfamiliar with these, you can play »

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