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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - 19.27 July

GIFFONI50 - 18.29 AUGUST / 26-30 DECEMBER

Archivio Film 2019

COCONUT THE LITTLE DRAGON - INTO THE JUNGLE

Category: Edition 2019

Synopsis
Coconut the little dragon is thrilled about going to summer camp with his best friends, the Gourmet Dragon Oscar and the porcupine Matilda. Together with some other Gourmet and Fire Dragons the friends take off to their vacations on the jungle islands. But the adventure they wished for turns out tougher than expected: Their ship snags a rock and sinks. Everyone abandons ship and during the confusion, Matilda gets lost. While the rest of the group tries to reach the camp for safety, unaware of mysterious plant tendrils snaking after them, Coconut and Oscar search for their best friend. Into the bargain the vacation group gets into trouble with some Water Dragons, who seem to be anything but friendly. But soon Coconut makes friends with the shy waterdragon Wart.

Original Title DER KLEINE DRACHE KOKOSNUSS - AUF IN DEN DSCHUNGEL!
Category Out of competition
Section Elements +3
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 79'
Production Year 2018
Nationality Germany
Directed by Anthony Power
Screenplay Mark Slater, Gabriele Walther
Music Stefan Maria Schneider
Main cast Carolin Kebekus
Dustin Semmelrogge
Max von der Groeben
Produced by Gabriele Walther

 regista Tony PowerTONY POWER
Tony (Anthony) Power was born in Waterford/Ireland. He studied Art and Design. After he had worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, he started his career in the animation film sector at the Murakami Wolf Studios in Dublin. He worked for the production of the first episodes of the American TV-series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1983/84). After that he became a member of Hahn Film in Berlin and worked on, among other things, the TV-series "Bibi Blocksberg" (1996). In the feature film "The Abrafaxe - Under the Black Flag" (2001), Power operated as director and supervised the whole animation work. Besides that, Power was the director of "Urmel" (1996-97), "Renaade" (1997), "Mia and Me - Adventure in Centopia" (2011) and "School for Vampires" (2006-08), which he also wrote. His other writing credits include "Rusty Knight" (2013, TV series), "Sherazade: The Untold Stories" (2013) and "Coconut the Little Dragon" (2015, TV series).

Director's statement
"The main theme of the film is Friendship. Sometimes conflicts exist between even the closest of friends, and it’s only through understanding and accepting each other’s differences that we can overcome these conflicts. Coconut was ideal for this because I found the core group of Coconut, Oscar and Matilda, to be a wonderful, tight-knit group but in all their adventures I felt that their friendship hadn’t been really truly tested. That’s what I wanted to achieve with this film. Taking them out of their comfort zone into a brand-new land was the perfect setting for this, allowing us to bring in new characters and also new threats. The second theme of the film is dealing with the new and unfamiliar - For the kids, travelling to the Summer Camp is a huge adventure and although some of the kids rally against the water dragons, our heroes are more open minded and curious about this new species. The adults however are more reluctant to accept the water dragons, seeing them as pests and eventually, a threat. It's only when they are confronted by a real menace that they realize that they have a lot more in common than they believed".

 

production
festival contact
Caligari Film
(Germany)
www.caligari.film