Troubadour Gedeone and his young apprentice Almerina are two traveling entertainers who move from a town to another as storytellers to gain money. Surprised by a night blizzard in their last journey through the island of Sicile, they two enter into a mountain cave looking for refugee, learning that in the cave inhabits an aging bear. In an attempt to avoid to be attacked, Gedeone tells him a story about a king bear named Leonce who, playing in a river with his son Tonio, losses the prince when he's kidnapped by humans and taken far away from the forest. Neglecting his liabilities as king to care his clan during several months due by the affliction of the loss, finally he's concerned by his second hand Salpetre about the possibility that Tonio could be alive in the land of men. Leonce calls his clan to move there, but the evil Grand Duc is reported by old magician Theophile about bears' invasion and he sends Theophile to defeat them, failing in an attempts that include a wild boars ...Written by
Author Dino Buzzati, who was also a painter, initially drew for his nieces the illustration of a battle between bears and soldiers, then a bear king. Later, when asked to write and illustrate a story for children, he decided to start from those drawings. See more »
Wonderful animation movie
A visual delight. Many references to Italian paintings. Horses of Ucello, rocks and coastline from Trecento masters, cities in Fra Angelico style, a Town square refers to Chirico... The story is wonderfully told too. Total pleasure.
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