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KNIGHT RUSTY (RITTER ROST)

KNIGHT RUSTY
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Rusty, a vain but kind-hearted knight, lives in the magical kingdom of Scrapland, where everybody is made out of scrap metal and everything is alive. Rusty beats arrogant Prince Novel against all odds to win the great knights’ tournament. Damsel Bo will surely forgive him now for trading her cherished sewing machine for a winning engine for his horse Chopper, won’t she? His moment of triumph is short-lived, however, as Rusty is wrongly accused of theft, stripped of his knightly honor and of his castle. To make matters worse, disappointed Bo is easy prey for the scheming Prince Novel who persuades her to move into his splendid castle. But Rusty does not give up easily! Together with his loyal sidekicks, Chopper the horse and Cole the little dragon, he sets out to restore his honor. To do this, he must slay a dragon and present its head to the King – a quest that leads him down a dark and dangerous mine where the two-headed monstrosity lives. Meanwhile, Bo has found out about Prince Novel’s evil plan and tries to warn the King, but is it too late to stop the Prince from taking over the kingdom? Hope now rests entirely on Rusty who mobilizes an army of toasters and other household appliances for the great battle. Scrapland would surely be lost without a true knight…


Thomas Bodenstein has been an essential member of the Caligari-team for many years. In 2000 he took over the role of production assistant of the first season of LETTERS TO FELIX and since then he has been part of various productions within the company. In 2008 he was the producer and a member of the directing team of the box-office hit MOONBEAM BEAR – THE GREAT ADVENTURE as well as of the identically named TV series. He was also involved as a producer in the production of the animation films FELIX – THE TOY RABBIT AND THE TIME MACHINE (2006), PRINCESS LILLIFEE (2009) and its sequel PRINCESS LILLIFEE AND THE LITTLE UNICORN (2011) as well as in the first season of THE MOONBEAM BEAR. During the production of the second season of LETTERS TO FELIX, he took over the role of production management and during the animation film FELIX – A LITTLE RABBIT TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD (2005) he headed the post-production. He is currently working on the new animation film COCONUT THE LITTLE DRAGON.
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Children & Youth, Comedy, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Thomas Bodenstein
Screenplay Mark Slater, Gabriele M. Walther
Producer Gabriele M. Walther
Co-Producer Bernhard zu Castell
Voices Rick Kavanian, Christoph Maria Herbst, Carolin Kebekus, Tom Gerhardt, Detlev Redinger, Dustin Semmelrogge
Production Company Caligari Film, in co-production with Universum Film, ZDF
Length 85 min
Format DCP, 3D DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Zlin 2013, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2013
Awards Animation First Prize Chicago 2013
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, ZDF
German Distributor Universum Film

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