Young Ondra has asthma and so his mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the... See full summary »
Young Ondra has asthma and so his mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the dump. In the boy's fantasy, the bear gets lost in a forest occupied by strange animals and remarkable beings that he never heard of while living on the toy shelf in Ondra's room. And of course even in this small imaginary world, true good exists as does real evil, which Kooky must face up to in order to become a real hero. Written by
Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
Lets start with the easy thing: the visual aspect of the movie is simply brilliant! No one can deny this. And one more easy thing: the music is brilliant as well! OK, some people over the net do deny this... but honestly, we don't believe them. I've bought the soundtrack and since then I've listened to it like million times. Whenever I'm feeling blue, this soundtrack is right at hand. And it actually works for any other colour too. Now the screenplay: fine, there could be a thing or two (or twelve or something) deserving some improvement, we must admit that... this is why I just can't give the movie all 10 stars. It's because when you watch the movie, you will simply realise that there are couple of moments when you feel the pleasant and fluent story unwinding sways a bit. But not much. And you'll get over it, I promise. Because no matter what, the story is so touching, full of gentle and incredibly clever and funny and truthful dialogs between the two main characters (in Czech dubbed by the grandfather Zdenek and the grandson Ondra Sverak), which make me watch the movie over and over again. I've heard many people complaining about the prosody (or other suprasegmental voice features) of these dialogues: that they are flat, like being simply read, without proper emotions and intonation, blah blah blah. As a matter of fact, this is one of the mostly criticised things about the movie. But I think these people haven't recognised the most important thing about the movie: it is a Dream Story! It is a story where reality and dreams melt together in the very natural way, where you can hear the forest gods and a pink teddy bear talking to each other without even opening their mouths (often they even don't have any mouth) - because you simply can hear their thoughts! They live in a different dimension with different rules and laws (such as when they drive their cars very fast, it suddenly starts to snow) and they are created (or at least supported) by the mind and dreams of an ordinary, but kind of melancholic and clever (and asthmatic) little boy. And the way the main characters talk to each other, is just the right way you'd expect when listening to someone's mind and its imagination and dreams.
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