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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2010 - 18.31 July

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Category: Edition 2010


All around the world man is destroying the natural habitat for all living creatures. In the Okavango Delta, the meerkat Billy and his best pal, the lion Socrates, wait for the annual flood, essential to the Delta and all the animals living there. They wait and wait… Finally Billy and Socrates sets out to find water. On their journey, they meet a funny bunch of animals in search of a new home as their old homes have been ravaged by man-made disasters. Find out if Billy and this group of animals can save the Delta and send a message to the humans, in this 3D animated adventure, a tale of large and small creatures coming together against all odds to take a stand for what is right as ANIMALS UNITED.



L’uomo sta distruggendo l’habitat naturale coinvolgendo tutti gli esseri viventi. Nel Delta dell’Okavango, la mangusta Billy e il suo migliore amico, il leone Socrate, avendo atteso invano l’annuale piena essenziale per la vita sul Delta, decidono di partire per cercare l’acqua. Lungo il viaggio, incontrano un buffo gruppo di animali alla ricerca di un posto in cui vivere, poiché le loro case sono state distrutte dai disastri causati dall’uomo. Riusciranno Billy e gli altri animali a salvare il Delta e a lanciare un messaggio agli umani? Un emozionante racconto realizzato con l’animazione in 3D, popolato di grandi e piccoli animali uniti contro le avversità per difendere i loro diritti.


Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Teaser
Production Year 2010
Nationality Germany
Directed by Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe
Screenplay Oliver Huzly Reinhard Klooss, Klaus Richter, Sven Severin
Based on the book "Die Konferenze der Tiere"
by Erich Kästner
Editor Alexander Dittner
Production Design Henning Ahlers, Jens Benecke
Music David Newman
Original Voices Ralf Schmitz (Billy)
Thomas Fritsch (Socrate)
Christoph Maria Herbst (Charles)
Bastian Pastewka (Angie)
Oliver Kalkofe (Smith)
Nana Spier (Bonnie)
Produced by Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe

animals united reg 1animals united reg 2Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe
Reinhard Klooss studied Comparative Literature. He was part of the General Management of Bavaria Film, Studio Babelsberg and Odeon Film before he joined Constantin Film in 2006. Holger Tappe studied Photography and New Media Design. In 1999 he founded Ambient Entertainment specializing in 3D animation. His film BACK TO GAYA (screened at GFF 2004) was the first completely digitally German animation film. After IMPY’S ISLAND (2006) and IMPY’S WONDERLAND (2008), ANIMALS UNITED is the third CGI animation film that Tappe and Klooss made together.


Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe
Reinhard Klooss ha studiato Letteratura Comparata. È stato General Manager per la Bavaria Film, lo Studio Babelsberg e la Odeon Film, prima di entrare nel 2006 alla Constantin Film. Holger Tappe ha studiato Fotografia e Design dei Nuovi Media. Nel 1999 ha fondato la Ambient Entertainment, specializzata nell’animazione 3D. Insieme a Lenard Fritz Krawinkel ha diretto GAYA (presentato al GFF 2004), il primo film d’animazione tedesco realizzato totalmente in digitale. Dopo IMPY E IL MISTERO DELL’ISOLA MAGICA (2006) e IMPY SUPERSTAR (2008), ANIMALS UNITED è il terzo film d’animazione in computer graphic diretto da Tappe e Klooss.


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