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Scene from "Löwenzahn" (photo courtesy of Filmcontact)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2010

Löwenzahn is to millions of Germans, both young and old, what Sesame Street is to Americans and Blue Peter to the British, a television series they are growing up or grew up with and, in this case, still going strong after thirty years. Each week, Mr. Fritz Fuchs enchants, entertains and informs. It’s a simple format and all the better for it, treating its audience with respect and taking them along for the gentle ride. To celebrate its trigentennial, Löwenzahn is now hitting the big screen with a brand new adventure format, Löwenzahn – Das Kinoabenteuer. Fritz Fuch’s home has been totally trashed by bad guys with an agenda: a wild pursuit across the entire country ensues, culminating in Fritz and his companion Laila undertaking the spectacular rescue of three cute puppies above a deep Alpine gorge! “We’ve taken the familiar friends from Löwenzahn the series and combined them with a great deal of action, emotion and fun,” says Milena Maitz, the film’s producer (together with Albert Schäfer). “This is a big action, funny adventure with lots of tension. It’s much more breathless than the series: it has much more of everything! Whereas the series has documentary and social science elements, the film is pure entertainment in which Fritz Fuchs uses his scientific abilities, but there are no semi-documentary elements.” The überaccomplished Peter Timm directs Löwenzahn – Das Kinoabenteur with the same assured hand he brought to Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel in 1995 (winner of the Bavarian Film Award for Best Direction), Mein Bruder ist ein Hund (2004, winner of the 22nd Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s The Best of the Fest Award), and 2006’s Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel 2 – Rudi rennt wieder, which took the Best Children’s Film Award at the 2007 Eilat International Film Festival in Israel. And the classic cinema no-go area, working with children and animals? Not a problem! Ruby O. Fee, who plays Laila, “was a very quick choice,” Maitz relates. “The other children, one playing the bad guy, Roman Zenkert, in flashback, the other Fritz Fuchs, we found through a general casting based on their similarity to their adult counterparts.” “Löwenzahn – Das Kinoabenteuer is aimed,” Milena Maitz explains, “at children up to twelve, but the format will also attract parents and maybe even grandparents.” In keeping with the film’s bigger-bigger-more-more! format, “we’ve used lots of dogs, hares, geese and for the mountain scenes we have three elephants! They are very sensitive animals,” she adds, “more demanding than some actors!” SK
Genre Adventure, Children & Youth, Educational, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Peter Timm
Screenplay André Georgi, Henriette Pieper
Cinematography Achim Poulheim
Barbara Hennings
Martin Todsharow
Heike Wolf
Cast Helmut Krauss, Dominique Horwitz, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Ruby O. Fee, Guido Hammesfahr, Sanam Afrashteh
Producers Milena Maitz, Albert Schäfer
Production Company Studio.TV.Film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF
Format 35 mm, color
Shooting Dates Thuringia, Berlin-Brandenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Austria, July-September 2010
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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