Charlie Strapp and Froggy Ball Flying High

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Charlie Strapp and Froggy Ball Flying High (Swedish:Kalle Stropp och Grodan Boll på svindlande äventyr) is a 1991 Swedish animated feature film directed by Jan Gissberg after an original script by Thomas Funck, using Funck's already well-established characters. It follows a shorter film made by the same team in 1987, Kalle Stropp och Grodan Boll räddar Hönan. This is the first time since before 1954 where a Kalle Stropp production features voice acting by others than only Thomas Funck himself, only with the exception of children that had participated in other productions as well. It was dubbed into English by Filmor and Cinélume in 1998 and was only released in Canada straight-to-video under the name Charlie and Froggy from Alliance Films. The majority of the characters' names were changed and four minutes of footage were removed.

Plot[change]

Bewildering adventures when Charlie Strapp and Froggy Ball sets out to rescue Pine Cone The People who live in the forest. Together with Sheet-Metal Niklas (Tin-Can Harry) and The Parrot (Polly Parrot) they set out in search of bad guys.

Cast[change]

  • Thomas Funck – Charlie Strapp, Froggy Ball, Sheet Metal-Niklas (Tin-Can Harry), The Fox (Phil The Fox) and The Parrot (Polly Parrot)
  • Thorsten Flinck – Hacke Businessman From Tonto-Turbo
  • Peter Dalle – Macke Businessman From Tonto-Turbo
  • Claes Månsson – Acke Businessman From Tonto-Turbo
  • Åsa Bjerkerot – The Princess Cone Green (Princess Connie Green Cone)
  • Eva Funck – Queen Cone (Queen Cordelia)
  • Stig Grybe – King Cone (King Cornelius)

Production[change]

In the early 1980s, Charlie Strapp and Froggy Ball were frequently featured in various Swedish radio series during the summers. When listening to one of these Jan Gissberg got the idea of making an animated film about them and contacted Thomas Funck. Together they discussed the desirable appearances of the characters and settings. The project was to be produced by Gissberg's own recently started animation studio, Cinemation Industries, where also his brother Peter Gissberg worked as a background artist. Around Christmas 1987 a short film was released, but already a year prior to that, they had begun working on a script for a feature-length film. In 1987 they started the process of making it, using a budget of 13 million SEK.

Reception[change]

The general Swedish reception was positive, with more or less a critical consensus claiming that it stood out as the winner among the films competing over a similar target audience, being released around the same time as Rock-A-Doodle, The Rescuers Down Under and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. The playful style and rich ideas were complimented, and the poetic background art by Peter Gissberg was particularly praised. Dagens Nyheter claimed that although it might lack the virtuosity of Disney's films, it is to its credit that it also lacks their sentimentality and delight for violence. And further, that it is "pretty sophisticated when it allows the sportively drawn characters to appear against a backdrop of aquarelle soft nature poetry, signed by Peter Gissberg."

Awards[change]

  • Director Jan Gissberg received a Guldbagge Award for Best Creative Achievement 1992
  • Honorary Award in the section for children's and youth films at the Cannes Film Festival 1992

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