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BFI Families

The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear

Drengen der ville gøre det umulige

Don’t miss this rarely seen treat on the big screen - a beautiful, touching animated tale.

Image from The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear

Suitable for ages 6+

France-Denmark 2002
Dir Jannik Hastrup
With the voices of Sidse Babett Knudsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen
75min
English subtitles (an actor will read the subtitles via headphones for younger audiences)

This hugely satisfying treat (rarely seen in the UK) is from Danish animation maestro Jannik Hastrup. It tells the touching story of a boy taken from his family and raised by bears; when reclaimed by his original parents he has trouble adjusting to life in the human world. Using a simple but deeply effective hand-drawn animation style, this is highly recommended viewing.

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