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Pelikaanimies (2004)

Wanting to know the ways of people, a pelican turns into a gawky young man who soon learns to speak, thanks to his outstanding talent in imitation. He befriends Emil and Elsa, two children ... See full summary »


Liisa Helminen


Liisa Helminen (screenplay), William Aldridge (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Ketonen ... Pelicanman
Roni Haarakangas Roni Haarakangas ... Emil
Inka Nuorgam Inka Nuorgam ... Elsa
Jonna Järnefelt ... Landlady
Liisa Kuoppamäki Liisa Kuoppamäki ... Mother
Tommi Raitolehto Tommi Raitolehto ... Father
Anu Viheriäranta Anu Viheriäranta ... Helena ballerina
Ismo Kallio Ismo Kallio ... Doorman
Heikki Kinnunen ... Postman
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ... Stage manager
Kristiina Elstelä Kristiina Elstelä ... Lottery tickets seller
Seppo Pääkkönen Seppo Pääkkönen ... Zookeeper 1
Antti Pääkkönen Antti Pääkkönen ... Zookeeper 2
Anu Komsi Anu Komsi ... Diva
Björn Andrésen Björn Andrésen ... Pianist


Wanting to know the ways of people, a pelican turns into a gawky young man who soon learns to speak, thanks to his outstanding talent in imitation. He befriends Emil and Elsa, two children who--unlike adults--see that their new neighbor "Mr Berd" is not human but a big bird wearing a suit. The Pelican Man lands a job at the opera and falls in love with a pretty ballerina, looking so much like a bird herself. Troubles start when adults too find out about "Mr Berd's" ornithological origin. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Finnish | English | Swedish

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelicanman See more »

Filming Locations:

Kallio, Helsinki, Finland See more »


Box Office


€2,200,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Pieni rakkaustarina (2004) See more »

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lovely little film
3 March 2005 | by hans-189See all my reviews

This film is pleasant for kids. It's a fantastic story that small kids easily can relate to. I saw the film with my grandchildren and they just loved it. Few film allow young kids into the story without being stupid and "childish", but this one works just fine. The story of a Pelican appearing as a man sounds strange but the fantasy becomes reality and the Pelicanman survives by imitating people and by that he shows hoe shallow human life can be. Maybe not so surprising for grownups but just great for kids. They do see us that way. The film is well done and the dialog is subtle, concentrated and fully acceptable for kids. When I saw the film not even one kid left the room for a visit at the rest rooms and the almost full cinema was not disturbed by whispers (nor cry). If you have kids, your own or others, don't hesitate; see this film!

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