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Directed by
Günter Meyer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Günter Meyer 
Andreas Püschel 

Produced by
Ralph Retzlaff .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Natschinski 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Braumann 
Film Editing by
Helga Risch Wardeck  (as Helga Wardeck)
Production Design by
Heinz Röske 
Art Direction by
Joris Hamann 
Costume Design by
Christiane Dorst 
Makeup Department
Karin Menzel .... makeup artist
Peter Vohs .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Hartwig .... production manager
Bernd Marx .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Heck .... assistant director
Art Department
Marcus Berndt .... property master
Peter Glaser .... property master
Sven Hausmann .... property master
Sound Department
Joachim Binsau .... sound
Hugo Gries .... foley artist
Klaus Hornemann .... sound mixer
Edgar Nitzsche .... sound
Brigitte Pradel .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Wolfgang Chevalier .... special effects (as Wolfgang Chevallier)
Franz Lenk .... pyrotechnician
Tony Loeser .... special effects
Barbara Schmidt .... special effects
Frank Haberland .... stunts
Jürgen Hölzel .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Heinz Anders .... lighting technician
Dieter Jäger .... still photographer (as Dieter Jaeger)
Dietmar Kleist .... assistant camera (as Dietram Kleist)
Werner Martin .... lighting technician
Lutz Strauch .... lighting technician
Animation Department
Heiko Ebert .... animator
Angela Kern .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Boesl .... wardrobe
Renate Herrmann .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Sabine Hermsdorf .... assistant editor
Other crew
Andrea Pfeiffer .... education officer
Dennis Pohl .... caterer
Anke Schwarz .... script
Karin Sedler .... script editor

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Netherlands:85 min

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A detective in the fairytale kingdom, 17 January 2006
Author: coyets from Hamburg, Germany

In a similar vein to "About Schmidt", the story begins with the last day at work before a well earned retirement. However, this being a film for children, instead of a boring insurance office worker, we are treated to a detective, who even arrests a criminal on his last ever journey to his place of work. The retirement celebration itself is not as cynical as in "About Schmidt", but it is also amusing.

In both films, the retiree does not really know what to do with his new situation in life. The retired detective Holms gets an unexpected visit from his two young grandchildren, and soon they descend into the fairytale kingdom, in a similar fashion to Mr.Majer's sudden visit to the fairytale world in "Arabela". This film is for younger children than that classical Czech TV series, however, and the scenes in the fairytale kingdom are kept much simpler than the complexities of Arabela's world. In both tales, the characters from different fairy stories meet each other and interact, sometimes in surprising ways. This children's film is again in this respect kept simple, at least simple enough for the younger viewers to appreciate, and the story continues to develop during the whole film, not running out of ideas, but being as ingenious as "Arabela".

Unfortunately, morals are kept on the surface in a condescending way, reminiscent of children's films from communist East Germany, instead of allowing growing personalities to draw their own conclusions from the tale as in the traditions of the classical fairy stories.

The acting is passable without being good. The story, and the subtle changes in the relationship between the children and their grandfather, are not without merit and entertainment value. On the whole, though, the film does not quite match up to the standards we have come to expect from children's films.

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