Terkel in Trouble
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We really wanted to make something with the Danish stand-up comedian Anders Matthesen. We didn't really know what, but it had to be something different, new, provocative and, most important of all, extremely funny. At the same time, we had found an inexpensive way to produce 3D animation with a simple and raw look. The animation technique was a mixture between motion capture, traditional CG animation and ingenious compositing. To demonstrate the technique, we made a small test with a simple lobster-like character that we put life and charm into. When we saw the result, we agreed that the technique was going to be used in the project with Anders Matthesen.
How to transfer a story from a CD to an animated film
From the very beginning it was important for us to be true to the original story. But, at the same time, we had the feeling that we should add a little, an extra dimension. Terkel in Trouble is a popular story which is (or should be) known by every Danish child, so we all agreed to develop the story a little, to surprise those who know the CD by heart. As to the design of the figures and their characters, we got a lot from the existing material. Some of the characters are already a part of in Anders Matthesens shows, and there were also illustrations in the CD booklet, so we could see how Anders perceived the characters. Uncle Stewart is known by each and everyone in Denmark so we needed to give him the same characteristics: the beard, the waistcoat, the wooden shoes, a red nose, etc. We used these characteristics and added our own idea as to how all characters looked.
How to visualize and transfer Anders' humor to film
It came very naturally. We are all mad about his humor and the tone of the film, and we all shared the same idea of what we wanted to do visually. The style is inspired by The Muppet Show, The Simpsons and Southpark. We made some sketches of Terkel with the simpleness that we like. The other characters were based on this look, and we tried to make them look as funny and orignal as possible.
Terkel in Trouble--a different Danish animated film
We could hardly have made this film anywhere else than in Denmark. It differs from other animated films in the Western World by being so wonderfully extreme--nothing is hidden, and we are not trying to spare the children from blood and things like that. The humour of the film is very straight forward, not exactly sophisticated, and sometimes shocking. It can hardly be compared to other Danish animated films since no films of this genre have been produced before. We are not always particularly thrilled with all this Disney sweetish stuff, and with Terkel in Trouble we have made a film with a little blood, violence and fun. An animated film that we would wish to see
Film Information Collapse
[TERKE] | 2004 | 78 | Narrative Feature
Foreign Title: (Terkel I Knibe)