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 two animated feature films:
"Pinchcliffe Grand Prix" (Flåklypa Grand Prix) from 1975 and "Gurin with the Foxtail" (Solan, Ludvig og Gurin med reverompa) from 1998.
Finally another stop motion feature film is on it´s way! "Solan and Ludvig´s Christmas" (Solan og Ludvig: Jul i Flåklypa)
This movie has been hand animated during the course of many months, the result is simply magical.
Director Rasmus A. Sivertsen has yet again delivered a breathtaking animated feature film.
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.
All the sets where located in a 750m2 storage building, meticulously shot frame-by-frame by DOPs Morten Skallerud and Janne Hansen.
I had the pleasure to do the final online for the movie. In addition to that I also graded a 30 minute internal-promo for the Cannes film festival.
Nordisk Film ShortCut handled the grade, sound design, online and mastering for the project.
This movie is going to be a big hit in Norway, that I´m sure of! It will also get reconnection internationally.
Get ready to experience Christmas, Aurkrust-style.
Check out the awesome trailer!
Production Company: Maipo Film , Qvisten Animation, Aurkruststiftelsen
Producer: Cornelia Boysen , Ove Heiborg , Synnøve Hørsdal
Screenwriters: Kjell Aukrust , Karsten Fullu , Harald Sommerin Simonnæs
Director: Rasmus A. Sivertsen
Cast: Trond Brænne , Trond Høvik , Kari Ann Grønsund
Cinematographers: Morten Skallerud , Janne Hansen
Sound Design: Tormod Ringnes
Original Music: Knut Avenstroup Hougen
VFX Supervisior: Steven Elvesæter
Colorist: Julien Alary
Online Artist: Dylan R. Hopkin
Camera: Canon DSLR (Stop motion)
Duration: 80 minutes