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Directed by Jan Svěrák

Czech Republic 2010 95 mins.

Sverak’s charming family film combines puppet animation, stop-motion, and live-action to tell the story of a young man with asthma named Ondra, whose mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the dump. In the boy’s fantasy, the bear gets lost in a forest occupied by strange animals and remarkable beings that he never heard of while living on the toy shelf in Ondra’s room. Even in this small imaginary world, true good exists, as does real evil, which Kooky must face in order to become a real hero.

Genres: Childrens, Fantasy

Appears in: New Czech Cinema



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