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NEW ADVENTURES FORFRIENDS: SMALL, BUT MIGHTY (GESCHICHTEN AUS MULLEWAPP: KLEIN ABER OHO)

NEW ADVENTURES FORFRIENDS: SMALL, BUT MIGHTY
Motif from "Geschichten aus Mullewapp" (photo courtesy of Aktis Film International)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2010

Mullewapp fans, never fear! …. It won’t be long before Johnny, Franz and Waldemar return to the small screen in a new batch of exciting adventures inspired by bestselling children’s author and illustrator Helme Heine. “After the success of the feature film Friends Forever, it really made sense to develop the brand further with another series for WDR’s Die Sendung mit der Maus,” producer Romy Roolf of Halle-based Motionworks says. In the first series of 26 five-minute short films, the three friends – the mouse Johnny Mauser, the cockerel Franz von Hahn, and the pig Waldemar – had acted as detectives to solve all sorts of crimes in their home of Mullewapp. Then, in the feature film, which took over 2.5 million Euros at the German box-office last year, the action focused on how the three friends first came to know one another. “This time round, they are not just detective stories, but also episodes drawn from everyday life on the farm,” Roolf explains. “They can be love stories, adventure stories and, sometimes, the friends get into an argument because of wounded pride, but they then make up and are even greater friends than before.” The new Mullewapp series sees Motionworks’ Tony Loeser co-directing with Berlin-born Theresa Strozyk who graduated from the University of Film & Television “Konrad Wolf” in Babelsberg in 2006 with a degree in Animation. “Theresa came to us fresh from film school and worked on Kalli for MDR’s Sandmännchen series and we got to know her even better on the Artzooka series,” Roolf recalls. “With Theresa, we have the feeling that she has a good understanding of the world of Mullewapp. She may approach the stories in a slightly anarchic way, but does this while keeping in the spirit of Helme Heine.” While the graphic and animation design for the series has been prepared at Motionworks’ headquarters in Halle, the actual animation work is being done at a German-managed studio in Vietnam. The new series is likely to air in a year’s time from late summer 2011 as part of Die Sendung mit der Maus and will be distributed in Germany on DVD by Kinowelt. MB
Genre Adventure, Children & Youth, Animation, Educational
Category Mini-Series, TV Movie
Year of Production 2010
Directors Tony Loeser, Theresa Strozyk
Screenplay Andr Kussmaul, Armin Völckers, Ulla Ziemann
Andreas Hoge
Katharina Siebenborn, Tobias Gembalski
Producer Romy Roolf
Production Company MotionWorks/Halle (Saale), in co-production with WDR
Format color
Original Version
 German
Shooting Dates June 2010 - May 2011
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals TIFF Kids 2012
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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