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Världens bästa Karlsson (1974)

Karlsson is a very short, very portly and overconfident man who lives in a small house hidden behind a chimney on the roof of a very ordinary apartment building, on a very ordinary street ... See full summary »

Director:

Olle Hellbom

Writers:

Astrid Lindgren (novel), Astrid Lindgren (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Lars Söderdahl ... Svante 'Lillebror' Svantesson
Mats Wikström ... Karlsson
Catrin Westerlund ... Lillebror's Mother
Stig Ossian Ericson ... Lillebror's Father
Staffan Hallerstam ... Bosse Svantesson
Britt Marie Näsholm Britt Marie Näsholm ... Bettan Svantesson
Nils Lagergren ... Krister
Maria Selander Maria Selander ... Gunilla
Pär Kjellin Pär Kjellin ... Pelle
Janne Carlsson ... Fille
Gösta Wälivaara Gösta Wälivaara ... Rulle
Catti Edfeldt ... Woman with flowers
Jan Nygren Jan Nygren ... Karlsson (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maud Hansson ... Mrs. Johanson, the sales agent
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Storyline

Karlsson is a very short, very portly and overconfident man who lives in a small house hidden behind a chimney on the roof of a very ordinary apartment building, on a very ordinary street in Stockholm. When Karlsson pushes a button on his stomach, it starts a clever little motor with a propeller on his back allowing him to fly. Karlsson is the best at everything, at least according to himself. But there is, in fact, one thing at which he excels: being a playmate to a young boy named Svante, but nicknamed Lillebror (little brother), who lives in the apartment building with his family. Karlsson is quite mischievous, often getting Lillebror in trouble, but everyone in the end - even Lillebror's family, his cranky uncle, and their dour housekeeper - grow to like Karlsson and appreciate his sense of humour, energy, and good nature.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Icelandic

Release Date:

2 December 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Karlsson på taket See more »

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Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the books, Kalrssons pants are blue but are changed to a more gray hue in the film. This is because of the blue screen effect used for the flying scenes, and had the pants been blue they would've been completely obliterated in the process. A similar thing happened when they shot the Pippi Långstrump TV-series and two movies. See more »

Quotes

Karlsson: Here everything is well organized: The stuff to the right, the things to the left.
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Version of Malysh i Karlson, kotoryy zhivyot na kryshe (1971) See more »

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Swedish preciousness
17 November 2011 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

I like this movie, it's childlike but utterly charming. Astrid Lidgren surely knew how to captivate children with her books. As so many of these books were adapted into movies, then swedes have a rich and complete history on movies especially for children. That's not to say that they aren't appropriate for older audiences - they are, depending on the public.

This is a light comedy type of movie, pure, magic, with nothing to insult anyone and no bad stuff, just innocent and captivating.

When children, most of us certainly had our imaginary friends. Well, cute little "Lillebror" has just found the kind of friend that could only exist in children's fantasies, except that he isn't fruit of a child's imagination, he is real! That new friend is Karlsson, an eccentric and peculiar boy with a propeller on the back which gives him the power to fly. Now "Lillebror" has found the friend many children aspire to. More than that, "Lillebror" can also fly by sitting on Karlsson's back and see unique vistas of Stockholm.

The scenario is very nice and complete, in good old Scandinavian tradition....

Mats Wikström is perfectly convincing as Karlsson. Our beloved "Skorpan" (or "Lillebror", in this case), Lars Söderdahl, couldn't be better, he always proved to be a fine Swedish child-actor.

This should definitely be on Top 250.


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