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Michael Schaack was born in Hamburg in 1957 and is a graduate of the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. After his studies, he founded the one-man animation studio Trickompany in 1982, later becoming Trickompany Filmproduktion GmbH (TFC) in 1989. He experienced his baptism of fire on the production of a major animated film as one of the directors of Werner - Beinhart (1990). His work on the WDR TV series about the little punk Amadeus led to the making of the feature film Der kleene Punker in 1992, and his animated adaptation of the best-selling novel Felidae in 1994. Apart from co-directing Werner - Das muss kesseln!!!, Schaack and TFC have worked on numerous feature-length animated films, including Pippi Langstrumpf and Das kleine Arschloch as well as the TV series Loggerheads.