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Tobias Totz and His Lion (Tobias Totz und sein Loewe)

Tobias Totz and His Lion

Tobias Totz is a very special zookeeper. He understands his animals perfectly and they all love him. His best friend is the lion, who dreams day and night of falling in love.
As there are no lionesses in the zoo, on the spur of the moment, Tobias decides to fly to Africa and find a girlfriend for the lion.
However, this is not as easy as it sounds. Nasty animal-collectors have lured lots of animals, including Lea the lioness, into traps. And although Tobias manages to free her, the animal-collectors are hot on their heels.
All kind of things can - and do - happen before the lion and Lea are up in the clouds, sharing a rosy future together.


Thilo Graf Rothkirch was born in 1948 and died in 2014. He studied Graphics Design in Kassel from 1969-1974. He worked from 1974-1979 as a graphics designer, storyboard artist, background artist, cartoonist, author and director in London and Bonn. He also lectured in Animation at higher education institutions in Kassel and Dortmund and became a producer in 1980. His credits as director include the Tobias Totz shorts for television (1988, 1994-1996), and the feature-length animation films Tobias Totz and His Lion (Tobias Totz und sein Loewe, 1997-1999) and The Little Polar Bear (Der kleine Eisbaer, 1999-2001). His production of shorts in the The Little Polar Bear 1993/94 series won prizes at the Golden Sparrow children's film and television festival in Gera and at the New York Film Festival.

Piet de Rycker was born in 1957 in Brussels/Belgium and studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Ghent. A selection of his films includes: Der alte Geschichtenerzaehler (1981), the TV series Quick & Flupke (1985-1986), Rock a Doodle, A Troll in Central Park, Thumbelina, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Tobias Totz and his Lion and The Little Polar Bear.
Genre Animation

Directors Thilo Graf Rothkirch, Piet de Rycker
Screenplay Thilo Graf Rothkirch, Piet de Rycker, Bert Schrickel
Simone Lo Chiatto
Nick Glowna, Siggi Mueller
Producers Eberhard Junkersdorf, Thilo Graf Rothkirch, Linda van Tulden, Bernard Goosens
Voices Nena, Juergen von der Lippe, Ingolf Lueck, Hape Kerkeling
Production Companies Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin, Warner Bros. Pictures, Bioskop Film/Munich, Munich Animation Film/Munich, Rothkirch/Cartoon-Film/Berlin
Length 72 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Los Angeles Animation Celebration 2000
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, HET Fonds Film, De Nationale Loterij
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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