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Boy who wanted to be a Bear, The

Original title: Drengen der ville vaere ...
German title: Junge, der ein Bär sein wollte, Der
Denmark, France, 2002

Director: Hastrup, Jannik
Production company: Tegnefilm 2
Co-producers: AnimagicNet, Les Amateurs
Age recommendation: 6 years and up

An animated drama by Danish grand master Jannik Hastrup, to be released in winter 2002. In a den in the fells a polar bear gives birth to a cub, but the cub is stillborn. The polar bear is grief-stricken, and lies down on the ice to die. Her mate steals a baby from a family and the little boy is raised by the she-bear, learning all the skills a bear requires. But the woman who lost her baby boy grieves deeply and her husband vows to return him to her.

"This is a masterpiece of animation, a simply beautiful film with a wonderful music score. The
story is powerful and unique to animation." (Int. Jury at Kinderfilmfest Berlin 2003)

Unmissable, magical tale about human kind and nature.

"A truly moving classic for all ages" (Sam & Patrick, Leeds 2003)

Good animation with clever 3-D looking effects. Sweet characters and a very emotional plot.
(Young People's Jury at Children's Film Festival Leeds 2003)

A magical tale about human kind and nature for
all the family, beautifully animated by Danish
grand master, Jannik Hastrup. (Cinemagic, Belfast)

Marketing strategies:
350.000 admissions in France, 62.000 admissions in Denmark

Sandnes 2002, Kinderfilmfest Berlin 2003 (special mention), Antwerp 2003, Laon 2003, Leeds 2003, Cinekid Amsterdam 2003, Buster Copenhagen 2003 (special mention), Chicago 2003 (awarded), Lübeck 2003, Castellinaria 2003, Oulu 2003, Gijon 2003 (awarded), Divercine Montevideo/Uruguay 2003 (awarded), Olympia 2003, Cinemagic Belfast 2003, Malmö 2004, Discovery Dundee 2004, Cairo 2004 (awarded), Montreal 2005

Website: www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/boywhowanted.html

World sales address/es:
France TV President Classics (F)

Sold to:
Gébéka (F)
Alternative Films (B)
Folkets Bio (SE)
Scanbox (DK)
Mont-Blanc (CH)
Lauren Films (Esp)