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Lucky and Zorba

Original title: Gabbianella e il gatto, La
German title: Wie Kater Zorbas der kleinen Möwe das Fliegen beibrachte
Italy, 1998

Director: d‘Alo, Enzo
Production company: La Lanterna magica
Age recommendation: 6 years and up

Synopsis:
While flying over the waves the seagull gets poisoned in an oil carpet. At the end of her power the seagull lands exactly in front of the nose of tomcat Zorba to lay an egg. While the seagull is dying she makes Zorba promise her to care for her egg, brood it, raise the chicken and teach it to fly.

Not an easy task for Zorbas, who is usually cruising the streets with his gang, beating up the rats and trying to impress the nice young she-cat from the neighbourhood. With the help of his friends and with some encyclopedias from the library and after a lot of adventures Zorba finally succeeds to raise the chicken. But now the chicken has to learn that it is not a cat that looks a little bit different than the other cats. And after that chicken maybe dares to jump into the air and to learn to fly...

Comments:
A very lovable animation movie on friendship, helpfulness and first love.

Marketing strategies:
1,2 Mio. admissions in Italy, 320.000 admissions in France, more than 100.000 admissions in Germany, more than 11.000 in Switzerland.

Festivals:
Malmö 2002

World sales address/es:
Cecchi Gori Group (I)

Sold to:
CinéArt (BE)
MFA+-Filmverleih (D)
Matthias-Film (D)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)
Cecchi Gori Group (I)
Columbus (CH)
Morandini (CH)
Folkets Bio (SE)
Kinderkanal (D)
Mars (F)
UIP (Esp)
Filmcoopi (CH)