On an evening in northern Sweden, during one night when the sun only partially sets, the animated character Dunderklumpen comes from the woods to seek some friends to keep him company. In ...
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On an evening in northern Sweden, during one night when the sun only partially sets, the animated character Dunderklumpen comes from the woods to seek some friends to keep him company. In one man's house, he finds toys belonging to a girl named Camilla and a boy named Jens, and brings them to life, whisking them away to the woods where he lives. This adorable and amusing crew includes a little scaredy-cat lion named Lionel, the demanding Doll, the cute harmonica-playing bear Pellegnillot and the ridiculous Dummy the bunny. Jens, Camilla's brother, sees the kidnapping after hearing the toys' cries for help and follows Dunderklumpen, who is not so quick to surrender his new-found company. They are also followed by Beppe, Jens' father, who is worried for his son traveling alone and is at first unaware of why Jens has run off. He is accompanied by a dutiful bumblebee. As a side plot, Dunderklumpen also has a small locked chest with him that contains a great treasure, and he is pursued by ...Written by
To me this is THE number one movie for children. I grew up with this movie, I have seen it 3-4 times at the cinemas and my both children (now 3 and 11 years old) and I have watched the VHS-cassette until the tape almost have ceased to exist.
The animations by Per Åhlin (also known for ' Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton' who can be seen on Swedish television every Christmas, and the magnificent animated movie 'Hundhotellet' among others) are very good for being a film from 1974. They are mixing animations with real backgrounds and actors, just like in ' Who Framed Roger Rabbit '. I wouldn't say that this movie is only for children, because I still love it as much as my both children (perhaps even more). The story contains humor, adventures and action, and it's suitable for all ages.
Each one of the animated characters have very individual personalities, so it's easy for everyone to get their own favorite character, depending on the watcher's own personality. Here we have the lonely and very kind fantasy figure Dunderklumpen. The crazy and funny rabbit En Dum En. Pellegnillot, a shy bear who is a very talented harmonica player. Blomhåret who can talk to everything and everybody - even a waterfall. The spoiled doll called Dockan. The brave lion Lejonel. The old, poor but very wise old lady Elvira Fattigan. The bumblebee Humlan. The easily misguided Enöga, who at first seems to be a very evil man, but turns out to be a man with a big and warm heart. And finally the giant Jätten Jorm who is shaped like the Swedish province Jemtland (which is also the filming location for this movie).
The music by Toots Thielemans and the beautiful landscape is almost as important as the rest of the movie, and all this together makes this film a milestone in Swedish animated movie.
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