Otto is a rhino

Rumle Hammerich, Denmark, 1983

87 min.DK/FeatureChildren's films

The boy Topper is bored. He finds a pencil that proves to have magical powers. Draw a rhino, and right away, you have a real rhino for a companion. A little heavy perhaps, when you live on the second floor. No matter, it's a modern fairy-tale of the baroque, and everything goes. Based on kiddie entertainment by Ole Lund Kirkegaard, but as was the case with the book, the fun is to be enjoyed by one and all.
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Original title Otto er et næsehorn
Danish title Otto er et næsehorn
Director Rumle Hammerich
Screenplay Rumle Hammerich, Mogens Kløvedal
Based on "Otto er et næsehorn" (1972), Ole Lund Kirkegaard.
Director of Photography Dan Laustsen
Editor Niels Pagh Andersen, Vinca Wiedemann
Sound Morten Degnbol, Jan Juhler, Iben Haahr Andersen
Composer Jacob Groth
Production designer Henning Bahs, Sven Wichmann
Appearance Kristjan Markersen, Erik Petersen, Axel Strøbye, Birgit Sadolin
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Warner & Metronome
Technical info 35 mm, Widescreen, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 25.03.1983
Cinemas Dagmar, Roskilde, Odense, Horsens, Herning, Vejle, Randers, Århus, Aalborg, Palads, BioTrio, Næstved Bio, Kolding, Holstebro, Tivoli Bio
TV release 31.03.1991, DR
Find more Ebbe Iversen: Otto er et næsehorn. Kosmorama 164/1983.
Søren Vinterberg: Otto er et næsehorn. Levende Billeder 4/1983.
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Metronome Productions
Domestic distribution Warner & Metronome


Direction Rumle Hammerich
Assistant director Brita Wielopolska
Continuity Annemarie Aaes


Script Rumle Hammerich
Script Mogens Kløvedal


Production Bent Fabricius-Bjerre
Production Lise Lense-Møller
Production Sanne Arnt Torp


Cinematography Dan Laustsen
First assistant camera Jens Schlosser
Cinematographer: 2. unit Manuel Sellner
Key grip Jimmy Leavens
Key grip Otto Stenov


Still photographer John Johansen

Electrical dept.

Electrical dept. Søren Sørensen
Assistant lighting technician Michael Sørensen


Editing Niels Pagh Andersen
Editing Vinca Wiedemann


Music Jacob Groth

Production design

Production design Henning Bahs
Production designer Sven Wichmann
Props Torben Bækmark Pedersen
Props Thorkil Slebsager
Props Tove Robert Rasmussen


Wardrobe Lotte Dandanell


Makeup Bibbi Bergholdt


Sound Morten Degnbol
Sound Jan Juhler
Sound Iben Haahr Andersen

Visual effects

Optical effects Bent Barfod
Title design Jeffrey James Varab
Title design Jakob Stegelmann


Animation Jørgen Klubien
Animation Jakob Koch


Topper Kristjan Markersen
Viggo, Toppers kammerat Erik Petersen
Hr. Otto Løwe, Viggos far Axel Strøbye
Viggos mor Birgit Sadolin
Fru Flora Kirsten Rolffes
Hr. Holm Egon Stoldt
Erling Ole Meyer
Toppers faster Judy Gringer
Politimester Jørgen Kiil
Toppers far Leif Sylvester Petersen
Brandmester Peter Steen
Zoo-direktør Erik Paaske
Lærerinde Jannie Faurschou
Bager Jan Zangenberg
Bagerkone Margrethe Koytu
Sille Henriette Damsgård
Bent, lystfisker Anthony Michael

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