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Capt'n Bluebear (Kaept'n Blaubaer)

Capt'n Bluebear

One day, as Capt'n Bluebear sat astride the rock of his retirement, he heard the grim voice of fate: "Bluebear, you have travelled the seven seas. You have written a successful book about your life, and 87% of Germans know you. What is missing is a cartoon film." And so Capt'n Bluebear decided to become a film star, certain that his life story would provide plenty of suitable material.
Find out how Capt'n Bluebear overcomes sea phantoms, water droplets and crocodile pirates, how he survives the calorie rays fired by his long-distance chess opponent and archenemy Prof. Dr. Finefinger, and is able to fend off the attacks of the real estate sharks which infest the Capitalistic Sea; aided and abetted as always by his best friend, and his remarkable knowledge of the language of Fartinese.

Hayo Freitag was born in Wilhelmshafen in 1950 and studied Art and Philosophy in Hamburg. He came to animation via book publishing and illustration and his 1985 animated short Mein Bruder won the prize for Best Animation in Zagreb and the 1986 German Short Film Award. Freitag worked on many commercials for cinema and television before moving into feature films as character designer and animator on Werner - Beinhart in 1990. Since then, he has worked in various roles for Michael Schaack\'s TFC Trickompany on the Ottifanten series (1994), Felidae (1994), Loggerheads (1995), Max und Moritz (1997) before directing Capt\'n Bluebear (1999). He also served as designer, author, animator and director on the short Das Pflaumenhuhn (1997) which was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Prize and nominated for the German Short Film Award in 1998.
Genre Comedy, Animation

Year of Production 1999
Director Hayo Freitag
Screenplay Walter Moers
Cinematography Graham Tiernan
Wolfgang von Henko, Helge Schneider, Fred Timm, Joachim Schlueter
Animation Peter Bohl
Producer Hanno Huth
Voices Helge Schneider, Wolfgang Voelz, Edgar Hoppe
Production Company Senator Film Produktion, in co-production with Degeto Film, ARD
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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