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Bent Haller (screenplay)
Michel Fessler (supplementary screenplay)
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18 December 2002 (Belgium) See more »
When a boy child is stolen by bears who raise him as their own, his human parents hunt the bears in despair, and the boy is faced with the dilemma of who and what he is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An amazing movie, both visually and emotionally. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Marlon Vilstrup ... Little Bear Boy (voice)
Joachim Boje Helvang ... Older Bear Boy (voice) (as Joachim Boie Helvang)
Otto Brandenburg ... Male Bear (voice)

Paprika Steen ... Female Bear (voice)
Anne Clausen ... Older Bear Girl (voice)
Tommy Kenter ... Raven (voice)

Thomas Bo Larsen ... Man (voice)

Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Woman (voice)
Carla Docherty ... Little Girl Bear (voice)
Claus Ryskjær ... Dog / Wolf (voice)
Jesper Klein ... Whale / Musk Oxes (voice)
Lisbet Dahl ... The Northern Wind (voice)

Ellen Hillingsø ... The Sea / Bear Aunt (voice) (as Ellen Hillingsøe)
Anne-Lise Gabold ... The Spirit (voice) (as Anne Lise Gabold)
William Tarding ... Child (voice)
Asta Lund Havmøller ... Child (voice)
Nicoline Jønborg ... Child (voice)
Christopher Torreck ... Child (voice)
Bent E. Rasmussen ... Man in Town (voice) (as Bent E Rasmussen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. David Brimmer ... Father Eskimo (voice: English version) (as Michael Alston Baley)
James Carter Cathcart ... The Raven (voice: English version) (as Jimmy Zoppi)

Kether Donohue ... Young She-Bear (voice: English version) (as Kether Fernandez)
Maxwell Frazier ... The Boy (voice: English version)
Dan Green ... Father Bear (voice: English version)

Carol Jacobanis ... Mother Bear (voice: English version)

Andrew Rannells ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Sean Schemmel ... Spirit of the Mountain / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Erica Schroeder ... Mother of She-Bear, Spirit of the Mountain, Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Bella Hudson)
Rena Taylor ... Baby She-Bear (voice: English version)
Veronica Taylor ... Mother Eskimo (voice: English version)
Tom Wayland ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Directed by
Jannik Hastrup 
Writing credits
Bent Haller (screenplay)

Michel Fessler (supplementary screenplay)

Produced by
Marie Bro .... producer
Didier Brunner .... producer
John O'Donnell .... executive producer (english version)
Lars Tømmerbakke .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
Art Direction by
Bigita Faber 
Production Management
Malika Brahmi .... production supervisor: 2d3D Animations
Marie Bro .... production supervisor
Sylvain Favier .... production manager: 2d3D Animations
Marie-Paule Paturaud .... production manager: 2d3D Animations
Mireille Roulé .... production supervisor (as Mireille Roulet)
Art Department
Nancy Carrig .... storyboard artist
Jannik Hastrup .... storyboard artist
Aka Høegh .... inspirational art
Sound Department
Niels Arild .... sound designer
Niels Arild .... sound mixer
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Lisbeth Hultmann .... foley artist: bear roar
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David Baron .... technical assistant
Julien Baron .... painter
Christophe Boreau .... 3D animator
Christophe Boreau .... compositor
Gregory Couturier .... 3D animator
Gregory Couturier .... compositor
Gregory Couturier .... special effects
Sonia Didier .... painter
Sonia Didier .... scanning
Jérome Escobar .... painter
Marie-Agnès Gazeau .... painter
Gaelle Ginat .... painter
Valérie Guignard .... painter
Anne-Claire Mondeux .... painter
Xavier Montagnon .... painter
Olivier Métais .... painter
Christophe Olivier .... painter
Elvis Payet .... painter
Claudie Pepin .... painter
Brunet Philippe .... painter
Sandrine Pillon .... painter
Sylvie Rembert .... painter
Fabrice Renaudin .... 3D animator
Fabrice Renaudin .... compositor
Fabrice Renaudin .... digitizing and retouching
Mathieu Renoux .... 3D animator
Mathieu Renoux .... compositor
Mathieu Renoux .... special effects
Animation Department
Ole Bidstrup .... layout artist
Ditte Brink .... checker
Nancy Carrig .... animator
Morten Evjen .... assistant animator
Luca Fattore .... animator
Anna Gellert Nielsen .... animator (as Anna Gellert)
Robin Gott .... assistant animator
Jørgen E. Hansen .... assistant animator
Helle Harbou .... ink supervisor
Karin Hjort .... ink artist (as Karin Hjort Sehuusen)
Josephine Høyrup .... assistant animator
Søren Jacobsen .... animator
Flemming Jensen .... animator
Tine Karrebæk .... assistant animator
Herle Maria Kühl .... ink artist (as Herle Kühl)
Jens Leganger .... assistant animator (as Jens Leganger Larsen)
Anders Nejsum Madsen .... animator (as Anders Nejsum)
Yasin Hasan Mam-Taha .... assistant animator
Louise Muchardt .... assistant animator
Karin Nilsson .... animator
Morten Pedersen .... assistant animator (as Morten Petersen)
Henriette Ramlou .... ink supervisor (as Henriette Ramlau)
Alice Rasmussen .... animator
Asta Sigurdardóttir .... animator (as Asta Sigudardottir)
Georges Stoyanoff .... animator
Bjørn Wallin .... ink artist
Bente Woodruff .... animator
Music Department
Mari Boine .... vocalist (as Marie Boine)
Kaya Brüel .... vocalist
Marc Chantereau .... musician: percussion
Elena Chouchkova .... conductor
Bruno Coulais .... music arranger
Bruno Coulais .... music producer
Emmanuel Deletang .... music consultant
Raoul Duflot-Vérez .... musician: piano and percussion (as Raoul Duflot Verez)
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer: Madoro Music
Nicolas Lemoine .... vocalist: boy's voice
Didier Lizé .... music producer
Slim Pezin .... music producer
Slim Pezin .... music supervisor
Slim Pezin .... musician: guitar
Renaud Pion .... musician: flute, clarinet and English horn
Wimme .... vocalist
Other crew
Eleonore Amal .... production assistant
Peter Brandstrup .... intern
Thomas Danielsson .... film consultant: Det Danske Filminstitut
Emilie Gondolo .... intern
Harry Guttormsen .... film consultant: Norsk Filminstitutt (as Harry Guttormson)
Marleen Hvidtfeldt .... production assistant
Anja Keldmann .... production assistant
Florent Mounier .... computer supervisor: 2d3D Animations
Nathalie Notebaert .... production assistant
Merete Obert .... assistant accountant
Jette Poulsen .... assistant accountant
Ivan Rouvreure .... production administrator
Nicole Ruellé .... production assistant (as Nicole Ruelle)
Svend Abrahamsen .... thanks
Nathalie Bloch-Lainé .... thanks
Jacques Bobe .... thanks
Trine Breum .... thanks
Bubber .... thanks
Hans Hansen .... thanks
Per Nielsen .... thanks
Jean-Pierre Raffarin .... thanks
Christophe Vidal .... thanks
Sara Wikler .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Drengen der ville gøre det umulige" - Denmark (original title)
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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This cartoon became the first cartoon ever to be released in a Greenlandic language version.See more »
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References Samson & Sally (1984)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An amazing movie, both visually and emotionally., 26 July 2008
Author: leebardt-1 from United States

My 3 year-old son chose this movie at our library based on the cover (the one shown here on IMDb). He could not wait to put it on once we got home, and how thankful am I for him and his discerning eye, even if it is not trained to pick out a cinematic treasure.

Any movie/story that engages the viewer on every possible level is genius. Parental feelings of joy and grief, a child's feelings about security and frustration, the desperate feelings of not knowing what path to choose, all of these moments and situations are presented and "acted out" beautifully.

And what captivating music! The soundtrack is simply divine. The instrumental music is never overbearing and the vocal music is pure love. The animation (the watercolor effects, the simple snow scapes of the Arctic) goes hand in hand with the music. This is the type of movie I want my 3 year-old to fall in love with and be captivated by. There are too many over saturated movies out there today. Watch this movie and be awed by how powerful simplicity can be.

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