The illustrator and author Kjell Aukrust (1920-2002) was born in Alvdal, Norway. He has portrayed the bustling life of his home village in a personal and colorful way in a number of books. In his crazy parodies of village newspapers, “Folk og Fe" and "FlåklypaTidende", Aukrust created a most original cast and characters
in both his text and illustrations, with the countryside where he grew up as the setting.

We are talking national heritage here. His brilliant work has already laid the foundation for three animated feature films:
"Pinchcliffe Grand Prix" (Flåklypa Grand Prix) from 1975, "Gurin with the Foxtail" (Solan, Ludvig og Gurin med reverompa) from 1998 and
"Solan og Ludvig - Jul i Flåklypa" from 2013.

Director is back directing his second movie in the series, where we follow the characters in a crazy race between two nearby villages.
Who manages to transport the precious cheese cargo in the least amount of time? The contenders can only travel when the sun is up!
It´s going to be a close race, that´s for sure!

This movie has been stop-motion animated during the course of about a year, the result is simply magical.

Together with a vast team of skilled animators, the classic town of Pinchcliffe (Flåklypa) has come to life again. Aurkrust´s characters are heartwarming.
Qvisten Animation show craftsmanship at a superior level. Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes footage from the previous movie.
All the sets where located in a large storage building, meticulously shot frame-by-frame by DOPs Morten Skallerud and Janne Hansen.

I had the pleasure to grade this feature length animated movie. It was great fun, especially since I am a huge fan of this universe.
The actual grade was handled just like a normal live action feature film. Balancing each scene, and enhancing the colours to get the right mood for the story.
The onset lighting and production design was really rich, so there was a lot of detail to dig in to.
Collaborating closely with the director, DOPs and producers during the 8 day grade, ensured that we got what was intended, and hopefully more B.)

The previous movie was a huge box-office hit in Norway. I am sure this will be popular too! It hits the Norwegian cinemas 25th of December 2015.

Check out the awesome trailer!

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: Maipo Film , Qvisten Animation, Aurkruststiftelsen
Producers: Cornelia Boysen , Synnøve Hørsdal
Screenwriter: Karsten Fullu
Animation Director: Jens Jonathan Gulliksen
Cast: Kari-Ann Grønsund, Trond Høvik, Per Skjølsvik, Fridtjov Såheim and more. . .
Cinematographers: Morten Skallerud , Janne Hansen
Line Producer: Pias Semb
Sound Design: Christian Schaanning
Colorist: Dylan R. Hopkin

Full credits:

Feature release: 25.12.2015
Camera: Canon 7D DSLR (Stop motion)
Aspect: 1:85:1
Duration: approx. 85 minutes

Post-production gear:
Offline: Adobe Premiere
Online: Autodesk Smoke , Adobe After Effects
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve (MAC)
Audio: Digidesign Protools
Mastering: DVS Clipster

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