Animation | Miklas Njor

Danish humor vs. universal

During the last couple of weeks I’ve been sent two links to trailers for animated movies. “The Tale of Despereaux” – sent to me by my friend Peter Dodd who is lead animator on the movie produced by Framestore CFC – and “Rejsen til Saturn” (The Journey to Saturn) produced by A. Film directed among others by Craig Frank.

It made me think about how different Danish humor is from the rest of the world. I know Despereaux is aimed at children and Journey to Saturn is aimed at teenagers and adults. But still.

I also noted how little I am told about the story in the Despereaux trailer as opposed to The Journey to Saturn.

Despereaux story outline from imdb: The tale of three unlikely heroes – a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears – whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle’s princess. The film is based on Kate DiCamillo’s “The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread” from 2003.

The Journey to Saturn story outline by me: Per (common danish name) is asked to stand in for another astronaut who is sick with salmonella. They fly of to Saturn (and on the way weird stuff happens) only to find that it has already been colonized by alines who they manage to piss off and then they have to save the earth. The film is based on the danish cult-classic-comic “The Journey to Saturn” from 1977 by Claus Deleuran

Here are a few screengrabs from Despereaux. Everything fluffy and innocent:

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And here are a few screengrabs from The Travel to Saturn. Not so innocent:

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You can see Despereaux trailer here at yahoo.

You can see The Journey to Saturn here in Quicktime or go here for Windoze