In 1975 the most widely seen Norwegian films of all times was released. Flåklypa Grand Prix is still very popular, and in 2005 a new, digitally restored DVD was released which featured soundtracks and subtitles in 5 languages including English. Norway’s favourite animated folk are winning over a new generation of fans, almost 40 years after Solan, Ludvig and Reodor Felgen first captured the hearts of Norwegian filmgoers.
Solan and Ludvig – Christmas in Flåklypa (Solan og Ludvig – jul i Flåklypa) picks up the action 38 years after the most-seen Norwegian film ever, Flåklypa Grand Prix. The new movie was painstakingly created using stop-motion animation, faithful to the 1975 version.
This year’s NOK 25 million (USD 4.1 million), 72-minute feature is made up of more than 124,000 still images. It took two years to film at a rate of 20 seconds of footage per day, reported newspaper Aftenposten.
Christmas in Flåklypa premiered in the late creator Kjell Aukrust’s hometown of Alvdal at the start of November, before opening nationwide the following weekend. NewspaperDagsavisen has reported the film broke box office records for Norway’s best opening weekend this year, with almost 138,000 tickets sold.
By the end of November, more than 500,000 Norwegians had seen the film and it’s tipped to outsell one of Norway’s most popular films ever, Max Manus, which sold 1.2 million seats.Aftenposten reported the new Flåklypa film already ranks as the fourth most-seen Norwegian film in the past 10 years.
This is the plot: In the town of Flåklypa the inventor Reodor Felgen lives with his animal friends Ludvig (a nervous, pessimistic and melancholic hedgehog) and Solan (a cheerful and optimistic magpie). Reodor works as a bicycle repairman, though he spends most of his time inventing strange things. One day, the trio discovers that one of Reodor’s former assistants; Rudolf Blodstrupmoen has stolen his design for a racecar engine and has become a world champion Formula One driver.
Solan secures funding from an Arab oil sheik who happens to be vacationing in Flåklypa, and to enter the race, the trio builds a gigantic racing car: Il Tempo Gigante—a fabulous construction with two extremely big engines, a body made out of copper, a spinning radar (that turns out to be useful when Blodstrupmoen starts engaging in smoke warfare during the race) and its own blood bank. Reodor ends up winning despite Blodstrupmoen’s attempts at sabotage.
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