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Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel)

Jester Till
Scene from "Jester Till" (photo © Munich Animation/Neue Bioskop Film)

One of Europe's most loved folk tale characters comes for the first time to colorful life in the animated version of the adventures of Jester Till, the original class clown. Till is a free spirit representing the simple wisdom and earthy humor of the peasant folk. In countless legends, he wanders the landscape of the late Middle Ages getting in and out of trouble and making fun of the rich and powerful. He has the universal appeal of a clown or court jester, instantly understood and embraced in every country.

In this totally new adventure, young Till is on his way to the bustling city of Boomstadt to visit his dear old grandfather, the slightly off-center wizard Marcus. The old man and his faithful assistant, the owl Cornelius, are cooking up a special magic potion of happiness for Till to give to the people of the city. Unfortunately, however, the potion is sabotaged by Marcus’ old enemy Dr. Death, a skeletal figure, and Marcus disappears in a terrible explosion. Now, Cornelius and Till have to find him...

Jester Till was nominated in 2003 for an Academy Award in the category Best Animation.
Genre Comedy, Animation
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Eberhard Junkersdorf
Screenplay Christopher Vogler, Eberhard Junkersdorf, Peter Carpentier
Uli Schoen
Producers Eberhard Junkersdorf, Roland Pellegrino, Linda van Tulden
Voices Lee Evans, Sharon Alexander, Benedikt Weber, Veronica Ferres, Mario Adorf, Rick Kavanian, Christian Tramitz
Production Company Munich Animation Film/Munich, in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg, De Familie Janssen/Antwerp
Runtime 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions Flemish, French, German
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Palm Springs 2003, Cinema Epicuria 2004, Seattle 2004, SPROCKETS Toronto 2004, Zlín 2004, Denver 2004, London 2004, Moscow 2004, Fantasporto 2005
Awards Audience Choice Award Toronto 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Eurimages, MEDIA, BKM, VAF, De Nationale Loterij
German Distributor Solo Film Verleih/Munich

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