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Award Winning Studio Submarine Teams Up With Alexandra Schatz And Slugger Film To Start Production On BEST BIRTHDAY EVER


12 February 2020

The film is based on the best-selling picture books by German children’s author Rotraut Susanne Berner published under the title “Karlchen” (Little Charlie).

The German-Dutch-Swedish 75’ co-production, aimed at children aged 4-7, will be released in the summer of 2021.

Written by acclaimed scriptwriter Aje Andrea Brücken and directed by Slugger Films’ Michael Ekblad, the film has already secured theatrical distribution with Universum in Germany, Folketsbio in Sweden and Periscoop in the Benelux.

Worldwide sales are with SC Films International, the specialist sales agency headed by Simon Crowe.

German-Dutch-Swedish co-production set for 2021 theatrical release

Award-winning Amsterdam-based studio Submarine, Alexandra Schatz Filmproduktion in Germany and Sweden’s Slugger Film have started production on their feature-length animated film Best Birthday Ever, based on the best-selling picture books by German children’s author Rotraut Susanne Berner published under the title “Karlchen” (Little Charlie).

The German-Dutch-Swedish 75’ co-production, aimed at children aged 4-7, will be released in the summer of 2021. Written by acclaimed scriptwriter Aje Andrea Brücken and directed by Slugger Films’ Michael Ekblad, the film has already secured theatrical distribution with Universum in Germany, Folketsbio in Sweden and Periscoop in the Benelux. Worldwide sales are with SC Films International, the specialist sales agency headed by Simon Crowe. Recent titles include PachamamaWhite Fang, Gnome Alone and current productions The Dragonkeeper and My Father’s Secrets.

 

 

Best Birthday Ever is a feature-length animation film about Little Charlie, a small rabbit who lives with his loving family and pets in a house at the edge of town. Like many five year olds, Little Charlie goes to a kindergarten and plays with his friends in the neighbourhood. He’s is used to having his parents’ full attention - but all of that changes when his baby sister Clara is born, leading to an unexpected adventure with his best friend Monica.

“The World of Karlchen (Little Charlie) by Rotraut Susanne Berner is so lovingly observed, drawn and told, enjoys such popularity and worldwide distribution, that one can speak without exaggeration of a new children’s classic,” said Alexandra Schatz.

“In Karlchen, Rotraut Susanne Berner has created a world that every child can relate to. A high quality yet entertaining movie for the youngest kids, a perfect example of what we love to produce at Submarine,” added Bruno Felix, Submarine.

“It is a great adventure in itself to direct a good and exciting movie for the younger children. A story we try to tell from their own unique perspective. A story of disappointment, courage, acceptance, growing as an individual and understanding the needs of others,” said Michael Ekblad, Slugger Film.

“We have three great production teams producing a high quality animation film based on an award-winning books series. This is one for all younger members of the family, who does not love a Birthday?” commented Simon Crowe, SC Films International.

About Alexandra Schatz Film Produktion
Since 1986 Alexandra Schatz has developed and produced over 150 animated short films and series for children’s programs for ARD and ZDF. In her productions she has collaborated with internationally renowned authors and illustrators such as Rotraut Susanne Berner, Tony Ross, Axel Scheffler, Satoshi Kitamura and Delphine Durand, to name only a few. In collaboration with Slugger Film, she produced the Molly Monster series and film. The film premiered at the Berlinale of 2016 and awarded with the Golden Goblet Award at Shanghai International Film Festival 2016.

About Submarine
With headquarters in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, Submarine is an award-winning production company that develops and produces feature films, scripted series, documentaries, animation and transmedia. It also owns the largest animation studio in The Netherlands. Submarine’s animation slate features a multitude of award-winning series including pre-school series Fox & HareHuggleboo, and Doopie. Additionally, Submarine produced two seasons of the animation series Kika & Bob, the crossmedia animation series Picnic with Cake, Mattel’s WellieWishers for Amazon Prime Video and feature Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles which was selected for the official competition of the Annecy Festival in 2019. After a successful release of the first season of Undone, Amazon’s first adult animated drama series, Submarine is currently in preproduction for season 2. Other upcoming projects include Coppelia the feature length “Dansicle” with ballet stars Michaela de Prince and Darcey Bussell, Where Is Anne Frank?, a new animated film from Waltz with Bashir writer/director Ari Folman, which Submarine is co-producing and Best Birthday Ever, in coproduction with Alexandra Schatz and Slugger Film.

About Slugger Film
Slugger Film AB, located in Malmo, is an independent production company who specializes in classic 2D animation. The company was founded in 2004 by Christian Ryltenius and Michael Ekblad. Slugger Film has from it’s start grown to become one of the leading Animation studios in Scandinavia, including titles like Molly Monster (the series, feature film and TV special) The three features films about Bamse the Bear which were released in 2013, 2016 and 2018. And the new Mama Mu and Crow feature which will be released in 2020.

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