The Great Bear / Den kæmpestore bjørn

Esben Toft Jacobsen (DK, 2011)

Den kæmpestore bjørn (Esben Toft Jacobsen, DK, 2011)

Jonathan, 11, usually spends his vacations alone with his grandfather who lives on the edge of a vast forest populated by mythical animals. This year his kid sister Sophie joins him. But it's not cool to be stuck with a little sister, so he does what he can to avoid her. He succeeds entirely too well: Sophie is kidnapped by a giant, 1000-year-old bear. Now, Jonathan has to venture into the heart of the forest to confront the strange beings that dwell there and rescue his sister.

CategoryDK/Feature - Children's films, Animation

Basic information

Danish titleDen kæmpestore bjørn
Other titlesDanish films for children - selection
ProducerPetter Lindblad
ComposerNicklas Schmidt
Danish theatrical release10.02.2011
Production countryDenmark
Duration73 min.
Production companyCopenhagen Bombay
Domestic distribution Copenhagen Bombay
International saleCopenhagen Bombay Sales ApS / Refshalevej 147, 1. / DK-1432 København K / t +45 7242 0800 / f +45 3296 1040 /
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Additional information

Technical info1,85:1 - Widescreen / Dolby SR
Danish ratingNot recommended for children under 7

Full credits

Ilia SwainsonVoice coach
Jette TermannCasting: children
Jannik Tai MosholtScreenplay
Snorre KroghStoryboard
Lars HummelshøjStoryboard
Rasmus NørgaardStoryboard
Petter LindbladProducer
Sarita ChristensenExecutive producer
Petter LindbladPost-production supervisor
Charlotte SommerPost-producton coordinator
Anders Toft AndersenProducer: development
Elin PröjtsEditor
Marion TuorEditor
Fateh ShamsOnline editor
Rasmus MøbiusAssistant editor
Andreas NilssonTrailer editor
Nicklas SchmidtComposer
Peter DueOrchestra
Nic RaineConductor
Morten MogensenMusic producer
Jan OldrupMixer
Jan OldrupSound engineer
Production design
Andreas Normand GrøntvedProduction design
Andreas Normand GrøntvedProduction designer
Kent HaysenProps & sets supervisor
Morten DalsgaardSound design
Morten DalsgaardSupervising sound editor
James ShannonSound consultant
Linda BrännströmFoley artist
Matti CarlssonFoley artist
Christian HolmFoley editor
Niels PoulsenRecording engineer
Morten DalsgaardRecording engineer
Morten DalsgaardSound mixer
Eddie SimonsenSound mixer
Visual effects
Fateh ShamsColorist
Fateh ShamsGrading
Alexandra Ciolac3D supervisor
Björn GromollLighting supervisor
Björn GromollCompositing supervisor
Björn GromollCompositing
Stefan HannibalCompositing
Kent HaysenCompositing
Jesper BannerCompositing
Nicklas ThiesenCompositing
Björn GromollTexture & shading
Kent HaysenTexture & shading
Stefan HannibalTexture & shading
Fredrik LindnerTexture & shading
Andreas Normand GrøntvedTexture & shading
Bastian TrauenfellnerTexture & shading
Björn GromollLighting artist
Aske DørgeLighting artist
Bastian TrauenfellnerLighting artist
Stefan HannibalRendering supervisor
Kent HaysenRendering
Björn GromollRendering
Aske DørgeRendering
Fredrik LindnerRendering
Jonne ÖstmanRendering
Johan EreniusRendering
Jimmi GravesenPipeline scripting
Alexandra CiolacPipeline scripting
Torben SøttrupPipeline scripting
Mads JuulPipeline scripting
Dirk BialluchPipeline scripting
Fredrik Lindner3D artist
Jonne Östman3D artist
Johan Erenius3D artist
Benny BoxGraphic design and title sequence
Johan Erenius3D artist
Sten PlatzAnimation
Stine SørensenAnimation
Torben SøttrupAnimation
Andreas Normand GrøntvedBackground designer
Andreas Normand GrøntvedCharacter design
Jimmi LevinskyCharacter design
Niels BachCharacter design
Esben Toft JacobsenCharacter design
Benjamin BrokopAnimation test
Stine Marie BuhlAnimation test
Fredrik LindnerMatte painter
Esben Toft JacobsenMatte painter
Markus RygaardJonathan
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Special jury prize:
Esben Toft Jacobsen
2012 Bilbao ANIMABASAURI-ANIMABASQUE International Animated Film Festival 2012
Audience Prize 2011 Buenos Aires IFF for Children and Youth 2011
SIGNIS Jury Award 2011 Buenos Aires IFF for Children and Youth 2011
Camério Award Best Feature - Children:
Esben Toft Jacobsen
2011 Rimouski Carrousel Int. Youth F.F. 2011
Animated Feature Prize Adult Jury:
Esben Toft Jacobsen
2011 Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2011

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Sheffield Showcomotion, The Show Room Cinema 06-07-2013
Transilvania International Film Festival 01-06-2012
Bilbao ANIMABASAURI-ANIMABASQUE International Animated Film Festival 25-05-2012
Seattle International Film Festival 17-05-2012
Trento Int. Film festival of Mountains 26-04-2012
AniFilm Festival of Animated Films Trebon 25-04-2012
Halifax, ViewFinders: International FF for Youth 17-04-2012
TIFF Kids 10-04-2012
Taipei Taiwan Int. Children's TV and Film Festival 30-03-2012
Lisboa Monstra Animation Film Festival 19-03-2012
Discovery Zone Luxembourg City Film Festival 01-03-2012
New York Film Society of Lincoln Center 20-02-2012
New York BAMKids FF 02-02-2012
Poznan Ale Kino! International Children's Film Festival 04-12-2011
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 18-11-2011
Belfast Cinemagic 16-11-2011
Madrid International Film Festival for children and youth 14-11-2011
Mumbai Golden Elephant International Childrens Film Festival 14-11-2011
Sofia Cinemania Film Festival 11-11-2011
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 10-11-2011
Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 21-10-2011
London Film Festival 12-10-2011
Amsterdam Cinekid 12-10-2011
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 06-10-2011
Busan International Film Festival 06-10-2011
Beirut International Film Festival 05-10-2011
Rimouski Carrousel Int. Youth F.F. 25-09-2011
Eksjö Animation 22-09-2011
Baden, Fantoche Animation Film Festival 06-09-2011
Buenos Aires IFF for Children and Youth 01-09-2011
Santiago International Film Festival 19-08-2011
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 19-08-2011
Rio de Janeiro Brazilian Int. Children´s Film Festival 19-08-2011
Jerusalem International Children's Film Festival 15-08-2011
Sarajevo Film Festival 22-07-2011
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 14-07-2011
Sydney Film Festival 08-06-2011
Annecy, Festival Int. du Film d'Animation 06-06-2011
Troia Int. Film Festival (Setúbal) 03-06-2011
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 29-05-2011
Stuttgart International Animation Film Festival 03-05-2011
Stockholm Film Festival Junior 11-04-2011
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 06-04-2011
Malmö, BUFF 15-03-2011
Lyon Cartoon Movie 02-03-2011
Berlinale 10-02-2011
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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Press material

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THE GREAT BEAR. Stil_10 Photo: framegrab
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Den kæaempestore bjoern_1_framegrab Photo: framegrab
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Photo of Director Esben Toft Jacobsen. Photo by Mia Elisabeth.02 Photo: by Mia Elisabeth. Portrait of Director Esben Toft Jacobsen
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THE GREAT BEAR. Portrait of producer Petter Lindblad. Photo by Mia Elisabeth Photo: by Mia Elisabeth. Portrait of producer Petter Lindblad
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Reviews and articles

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Holtze, 2 October 2011)

Interview (Kristeligt Dagblad - Øhrstrøm, 2 October 2011)

Interview (Kristeligt Dagblad - Øhrstrøm, 2 October 2011)

Artikel (Ekstra Bladet - Kastrup, 16 February 2011)

Artikel (Metroexpress - MetroXpress, 16 February 2011)

Artikel (Børsen - Groenbech Larsen, 15 February 2011)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Sabroe, 10 February 2011)

Anmeldelse (Ekstra Bladet - Queitsch, 10 February 2011)

Anmeldelse (Information - Monggaard, 10 February 2011)

Anmeldelse (Metroexpress - Østergaard, 10 February 2011)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Sommer Boysen, 10 February 2011)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Sommer Boysen, 10 February 2011)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Vinterberg, 10 February 2011)

Artikel (Politiken - Thorsen, 10 February 2011)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Holtze, 10 February 2011)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Ritzau, 29 December 2010)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Iversen, 27 December 2010)

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The script

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