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  • Produced in Stereoscopic 3D (Real 3D)
  • Ready for delivery in June / July 2012
  • Directed by the director of „NIKO & THE WAY TO THE STARS",
    "THE UGLY DUCKLING AND ME!" and "HELP! I'M A FISH" Michael Hegner
  • Animated Comedy for the whole Family
Shy and sensitive 10-year old Ivan, chased by the bullies at school and taunted as “Jelly Tarzan” by his wannabe macho dad, can hardly believe his luck when a witch mixes a magic potion which makes him “The best at everything”- for one single day. But are superpowers the key to happiness?

Short Synopsis
Poor Ivan Olsen is plagued by problems… bullied at school and constantly pursued by a gang whose greatest pleasure is filling his pants with water. And when Ivan gets home, his dad doesn’t have much sympathy for him either because he is crazy about Tarzan and fails to appreciate Ivan’s finer qualities.

But one day Ivan gets the chance to live up all of his dad’s expectations and give the bullies at school a lesson they will never forget… the big questions is whether having superpowers makes life any easier?

Long Synopsis
Jelly Tarzan – that’s the taunting nickname 10-year old Ivan Olsen gets from his dad who doesn’t conceal his disappointment that his son has nothing in common with Tarzan, his great idol. Sensitive, wispy and insecure, Ivan is an easy prey for a group of bullies who play humiliating pranks on him. If he could only make his dad proud by being strong and athletic or at least good at reading – but all his efforts are in vain. His creative talents  - he builds amazing sculptures out of scrap metal and junk – go unnoticed by everyone. Everyone except Lottie, his bright and pretty schoolmate. When Ivan learns it is him of all guys she chooses as her sweetheart, he feels unable to respond to her advances. Doesn’t she realise he is just a hopeless, good for nothing wimp?

An encounter with a kind-hearted, banjo-playing witch changes Ivan’s life. She offers him a free miracle for one day, and he chooses he wants to be the best at everything. The next morning, he can hardly believe his luck: He is strong as an ox, can spit a whole mile, and his reading skills make everyone’s jaws drop. And best of all: when the bullies approach him, muscles the size of a balloon pop out of his arms! Soon he is so thrilled by showing off his superpowers that Lottie starts to miss the old Ivan. She liked him so much better than the new, bumptious one! But Ivan is happy that he could teach his enemies a lesson and that his dad was finally proud of him – if only for one day.

However, much to Ivan’s surprise, the superpowers don’t go away the next day. The witch forgot to add the dayfly ingredient! His dad feels like his biggest dream came true: Not only can he brag with his incredibly strong son, also his career is skyrocketing. He becomes the famous Tarzan Coach! While his dad cannot get enough of their new lush life with TV interviews, limo rides and champagne, Ivan soon feels groggy and uneasy. He begins to realise that Lottie saw him like he sees his father: unbearingly pushy and self-absorbed. In a fit of rage, he finally rebels against his dad, which leads to an unexpected confession that brings father and son closer to each other than ever.  All of a sudden, the witch appears to free Ivan from the spell he once wished for! Will he be able to embrace his real personality after all – and to win back his only true friend?

The creative team
The film is directed by Michael Hegner, the director of the animation features „NIKO & THE WAY TO THE STARS", "THE UGLY DUCKLING AND ME!" and "HELP! I'M A FISH".

Nina Crone (The World of Buster  (Bille August, 1984), Freud leaving home (Susanne Bier, 1991) Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms (Thomas Borch Nielsen, 2008) of Crone Films is producing.

The story is based on the book "JELLY TARZAN" by Ole Lund Kirkegard. His first children’s book "LILLE VIRGIL" was an overnight success. Kirkegaard’s capability to write in solidarity with his readers plus his own cheerful, naïve illustrations quickly gave him a wide readership. He mainly writes about interaction between children and adults and his protagonists are often what we would call anti-heros.

About the Danish author Ole Lund Kirkegaards
Ole Lund Kirkegaard was born in Aarhus in 1940 and died an all too premature death in 1979 at the tender age of 38. Kirkegaard’s literary debut came in 1966 with the story ‘The Dragon’ and the very next year saw the publication of his first novel ‘Little Virgil’. This was followed by a series of Danish literature’s best-loved children’s stories, including ‘Albert’, ‘Freddy Frogface’, ‘Hodja from Pjort’, ‘Otto is a Rhino’, ‘Rubber Tarzan’ and ‘Frode and Alle the Other Rascals’. 

All of these titles were instant successes, and Kirkegaard’s work centred on the experience of being small and helpless in a wicked world – always told from the child’s point of view. He had the rare ability to communicate serious children’s issues in a humorous way. Ole Lund Kirkegaard was and is one of the best children’s storytellers.

Ole Lund Kirkegaard always illustrated his own books. His cheerful naive illustrations played an important part in his literary success and wide readership. In light of the fact that his illustrations were such an important part of his work, it is all the more surprising that an animation film based on one of his books has never been made.

Technical Details
Genre      3D Animation / Family Feature
FormatReal 3D and 2D,
StatusReady for Delivery
Length80 min
LanguageEnglish, OV Danish
Box Office             SF Film May 16th, 2012

Cast & Crew
Director      Michael Hegner
Producers    Nina Crone & Erik Wilstrup
ScriptMichael W. Horsten
EditorHenrik Bech
Sound Design   Flemming Christensen
Character Design      Christian Kuntz
Art Design      Bjarne Hansen
MUSIC Halfdan E & Søren Siegumfeldt
Based onThe novel by Ole Lund Kirkegaard ”GUMMI-TARZAN”
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