Browse Archive

Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel)

Jester Till
Scene from "Jester Till" (photo © Munich Animation/Neue Bioskop Film)

One of Europe's most loved folk tale characters comes for the first time to colorful life in the animated version of the adventures of Jester Till, the original class clown. Till is a free spirit representing the simple wisdom and earthy humor of the peasant folk. In countless legends, he wanders the landscape of the late Middle Ages getting in and out of trouble and making fun of the rich and powerful. He has the universal appeal of a clown or court jester, instantly understood and embraced in every country.

In this totally new adventure, young Till is on his way to the bustling city of Boomstadt to visit his dear old grandfather, the slightly off-center wizard Marcus. The old man and his faithful assistant, the owl Cornelius, are cooking up a special magic potion of happiness for Till to give to the people of the city. Unfortunately, however, the potion is sabotaged by Marcus’ old enemy Dr. Death, a skeletal figure, and Marcus disappears in a terrible explosion. Now, Cornelius and Till have to find him...

Jester Till was nominated in 2003 for an Academy Award in the category Best Animation.


Eberhard Junkersdorf has produced more than feature 55 films, including Volker Schloendorff's OSCAR-winner The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) and Voyager (Homo Faber), Margarethe von Trotta's Rosa Luxemburg, The Promise (Das Versprechen)and Marianne and Juliane (Die Bleierne Zeit) - winner of a Golden Lion at Venice, as well as Reinhard Hauff's Knife in the Head (Messer im Kopf) and Stammheim - winner of a Golden Bear at Berlin. In 1995, he founded the production company Munich Animation and co-directed the animated feature The Fearless Four (Die Furchtlosen Vier) in 1997. In 2002, he founded Neue Bioskop Film and produced Oskar Roehler's Berlinale competition feature Angst (Der alte Affe Angst), and Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel, 2003), which was short-listed for an Academy Award in 2003 in the category Best Animation.
Genre Comedy, Animation
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Eberhard Junkersdorf
Screenplay Christopher Vogler, Eberhard Junkersdorf, Peter Carpentier
Uli Schoen
Producers Eberhard Junkersdorf, Roland Pellegrino, Linda van Tulden
Voices Lee Evans, Sharon Alexander, Benedikt Weber, Veronica Ferres, Mario Adorf, Rick Kavanian, Christian Tramitz
Production Company Munich Animation Film/Munich, in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg, De Familie Janssen/Antwerp
Length 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions Flemish, French, German
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Palm Springs 2003, Cinema Epicuria 2004, Seattle 2004, SPROCKETS Toronto 2004, Zlín 2004, Denver 2004, London 2004, Moscow 2004, Fantasporto 2005
Awards Audience Choice Award Toronto 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Eurimages, MEDIA, BKM, VAF, De Nationale Loterij
German Distributor Solo Film Verleih/Munich

World Sales
Munich Animation Film GmbH
Amalienstrasse 39
80799 Munich/Germany
phone +49-89-24 29 00 53
post@bioskopfilm.de