The Great Bear

Esben Toft Jacobsen, Denmark, 2011

73 min.DK/FeatureChildren's films, Animation

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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Den kæmpestore bjørn
Other titles Danish films for children - selection, The Great Bear
Director Esben Toft Jacobsen
Screenplay Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen
Producer Petter Lindblad
Production country Denmark
Production companies Copenhagen Bombay
Domestic distribution Copenhagen Bombay
International sale Copenhagen Bombay Sales ApS / Refshalevej 147, 1. / 1432 København K / t +45 7242 0800 / c +45 2541 9911 / f +45 3296 1040 / copenhagenbombay.com
Technical info 1,85:1 - Widescreen, Dolby SR
Danish theatrical release 10.02.2011
Cinemas Palads, Gladsaxe Bio, BioCity (Tåstrup), CinemaxX, Kinopalæet (Lyngby), Falkoner samt 13 biografer i provinsen
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7


Production companies Copenhagen Bombay
Domestic distribution Copenhagen Bombay


Direction Esben Toft Jacobsen
Voice coach Ilia Swainson
Casting: children Jette Termann


Screenplay Jannik Tai Mosholt
Screenplay Esben Toft Jacobsen
Storyboard Esben Toft Jacobsen
Storyboard Snorre Krogh
Storyboard Lars Hummelshøj
Storyboard Rasmus Nørgaard


Producer Petter Lindblad
Executive producer Sarita Christensen
Post-production supervisor Petter Lindblad
Post-producton coordinator Charlotte Sommer
Producer: development Anders Toft Andersen


Editor Esben Toft Jacobsen
Editor Elin Pröjts
Editor Marion Tuor
Online editor Fateh Shams
Assistant editor Rasmus Møbius
Trailer editor Andreas Nilsson


Composer Nicklas Schmidt
Orchestra Peter Due
Conductor Nic Raine
Music producer Morten Mogensen
Mixer Jan Oldrup
Mixer Nicklas Schmidt
Sound engineer Jan Oldrup

Production design

Production designer Andreas Normand Grøntved
Production designer Andreas Normand Grøntved
Props & sets supervisor Kent Haysen


Sound designer Morten Dalsgaard
Supervising sound editor Morten Dalsgaard
Sound consultant James Shannon
Foley artist Linda Brännström
Foley artist Matti Carlsson
Foley editor Christian Holm
Recording engineer Niels Poulsen
Recording engineer Morten Dalsgaard
Sound mixer Morten Dalsgaard
Sound mixer Eddie Simonsen


Jonathan Markus Rygaard
Sophie Alberte Blichfeldt
Jægeren Flemming Quist Møller
Bedstefar Elith Nulle Nykjær Jørgensen

Visual effects

Colorist Fateh Shams
Grading Fateh Shams
3D supervisor Alexandra Ciolac
3D rigging Rasmus Bælum Rolfshøj
Lighting supervisor Björn Gromoll
Compositing supervisor Björn Gromoll
Compositing Björn Gromoll
Compositing Andreas Normand Grøntved
Compositing Bastian Trauenfellner
Compositing Stefan Hannibal
Compositing Kent Haysen
Compositing Jesper Banner
Compositing Nicklas Thiesen
Texture & shading Björn Gromoll
Texture & shading Kent Haysen
Texture & shading Stefan Hannibal
Texture & shading Fredrik Lindner
Matte painter Andreas Normand Grøntved
Texture & shading Andreas Normand Grøntved
Matte painter Fredrik Lindner
Matte painter Esben Toft Jacobsen
Texture & shading Bastian Trauenfellner
Lighting artist Björn Gromoll
Lighting artist Aske Dørge
Lighting artist Bastian Trauenfellner
Rendering supervisor Stefan Hannibal
Rendering Kent Haysen
Rendering Björn Gromoll
Rendering Aske Dørge
Rendering Fredrik Lindner
Rendering Jonne Östman
Rendering Johan Erenius
Pipeline scripting Jimmi Gravesen
Pipeline scripting Alexandra Ciolac
Pipeline scripting Torben Søttrup
Pipeline scripting Mads Juul
Pipeline scripting Dirk Bialluch
3D artist Fredrik Lindner
3D artist Jonne Östman
3D artist Johan Erenius
Graphic design and title sequence Benny Box


3D artist Johan Erenius
Animation Brian Leif Hansen
Animation Rasmus Nyhus Hansen
Animation Andreas Normand Grøntved
Animation Sten Platz
Animation Stine Sørensen
Animation Torben Søttrup
Layout Thomas Østergaard Poulsen
Background designer Andreas Normand Grøntved
Character design Andreas Normand Grøntved
Character design Jimmi Levinsky
Character design Niels Bach
Character design Esben Toft Jacobsen
Animation test Benjamin Brokop
Animation test Stine Marie Buhl

Awards and nominations

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

Festival screenings

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

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Type Source Author Date
Artikel Ekstra Bladet Kim Kastrup 2011-02-16
Artikel Metroexpress Metroxpress 2011-02-16
Artikel Børsen Susan Groenbech 2011-02-15
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Iben Albinus Sabroe 2011-02-10
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2011-02-10
Anmeldelse Information Christian Monggaard 2011-02-10
Anmeldelse Metroexpress Henrik Oestergaard 2011-02-10
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Katrine Sommer Boysen 2011-02-10
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Katrine Sommer Boysen 2011-02-10
Anmeldelse Politiken Soeren Vinterberg 2011-02-10
Artikel Politiken Lotte Thorsen 2011-02-10
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Ritzau 2010-12-29
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Ebbe Iversen 2010-12-27
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Lea Holtze
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Lea Holtze
Interview Kristeligt Dagblad Daniel Oehrstroem
Interview Kristeligt Dagblad Daniel Oehrstroem