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 Materials
Original title Den kæmpestore bjørn
Danish title Den kæmpestore bjørn
Director Esben Toft Jacobsen
Screenplay Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen
Producer Petter Lindblad
Editor Esben Toft Jacobsen, Elin Pröjts, Marion Tuor
Sound Morten Dalsgaard
Composer Nicklas Schmidt
Production designer Andreas Normand Grøntved, Andreas Normand Grøntved
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Copenhagen Bombay
International sales Copenhagen Bombay Sales ApS
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
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Production company 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

Colourist 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
Texture & shading Bastian Trauenfellner
Matte painter Esben Toft Jacobsen
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

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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-Fonden Soeren Vinterberg 2011-02-10
Artikel Politiken-Fonden 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