Produced by Ulf Synnerholm. Executive producers, Peter Gustafsson, Peter Volkle.
Directed by Albert Hanan Kaminski. Screenplay, Torbjorn Jansson, based on the stories by Sven Nordqvist. In color. Music, Lennart Olsson; sound effects (Dolby), Daniel Bergfalk. Reviewed at Saga, Stockholm, Dec. 22, 1999. Original title: Pettson och Findus. Running time: 72 MIN.
A charming kids’ toon based on a series of popular books, “Pettson and Findus” has been well received by both critics and audiences in Sweden. Though the animation looks somewhat crude compared with Disney animation, there are compensations in the offbeat humor (often surprisingly adult) and eccentric characters. Pic should be an easy sell to daytime webs.
Story is set in the countryside, where old man Pettson lives alone with his talking cat, Findus. After a fishing trip in wintertime, the two are caught unawares by a blizzard: as they build an igloo to get shelter, to keep their minds off the cold they start telling each other stories of what they’ve done together duringthe past year. The stories are all lifted from Sven Nordqvist’s excellent books, and do them justice with a sense of humor that’s appealing to both toddlers and adults.