JETS Filmverleih & Vertrieb (Distribution)
FILM OF THE MONTH
TROLL - THE TALE OF A TAIL
PRODUCERS & CO-DIRECTORS STATEMENT
TROLL: THE TALE OF A TAIL is a fresh and funny take on Trolls in their unique world.
A great strength of this animation film is that it’s core story is very relatable, but it’s set in a fantastical world of nature, animal-like creatures and magic. The world is experienced through a group of friends who, being Trolls, combine the best elements of nature and friends that a child could dream of.
Our Troll-heroes are playful, mischievous, open-faced and lovable. They are slightly naïve, sometimes clumsy and sometimes silly. It’s difficult not to like them, especially when up against such fierce odds, with core values of friendship and fairness coming across clearly through our hero, Trym.
With characters such as GRIMMER, the comically tyrannical villain, two-headed comedian JUL + TUL and many more, there is great scope for strong and funny character animation.
The Troll-world has given us many options for great 3D cinematography where Trolls must negotiate their way forward through unknown territory in their hunt for a missing tail.
The natural colour-palette and sound-design in the Troll-world plays also with nature’s own contrasts and sounds seen and heard through our trolls as part of nature itself.
This unique animation is a movie with heart, comedy and beauty which will be entertaining, relatable and popular with family audiences across the globe.
Population demographics show that there are a greater number of older people alive than in any other time in history. Yet all too frequently old people are forgotten, dismissed, told to ‘go quietly.’
Spending many months visiting my mother at a nursing home was a life-changing experience for me. Not only because I was about to lose my mom, but also because the journey from her being an independent woman, to becoming a frail, frightened and overlooked old lady, was a heartbreaking one. In the nursing home garden there was an old man. He sat in his wheelchair, staring up at the sky for hours. One day I asked him, ‘What is it that you’re looking for up there...?’ ‘Another go...’ he said.
This conversation became the genesis for Astronaut. Angus still has hopes and aspirations just like any teenager – the only difference? His body is failing him, and to win the golden ticket for a trip to space, he is going to need a little help.
Old people don’t go quietly, they fight to be heard. Yet the elderly are a marginalized section of society, they are not listened to. Many of my characters in my stories are in the position of the underdog. Whether it’s by taking on a corporation when unfairly dismissed, or finding their voice in a society that doesn’t listen – or just someone who wants to ‘matter.’
It is our dearest wish that this story will offer a vision of hope and provide an uplifting message to families universally: that if we support one another, we can all achieve our seemingly impossible dreams regardless of our age and, in so doing, make our own metaphorical journey to the stars.
Astronaut is a deeply personal story, and one that I feel is timely and I hope will resonate with a universal audience. Because we are all on a one-way journey – and what if we could, at our bleakest moment, perhaps the end of our life, take the trip of our dreams and have another go?