Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Per Åhlin|
|Produced by||Gunnar Carlsson|
|Written by||Beppe Wolgers|
|Music by||Toots Thielemans|
|Edited by||Per Åhlin|
|Distributed by||G.G. Communications Inc.|
|Running time||97 minutes|
Dunderklumpen! is a 1974 Swedish family film directed by Per Åhlin, which combines animation and live action. The story involves several musical numbers. It was released on 26 September 1974. At the 11th Guldbagge Awards, Åhlin won a Special Achievement award for the film.
On a summer evening in northern Sweden, when the sun doesn’t quite set, Dunderklumpen (an animated character) comes out of the woods to seek some friends to keep him company. He comes upon a "human" house of the Wolgers family where Dunderklumpen finds toys belonging to a boy named Jens and his young sister. Using his magic, Dunderklumpen brings the toys to life and takes them away to the woods where he lives. This adorable and amusing crew includes the small but fiercely brave lion Lionel, the demanding toy girl Doll, the cute harmonica-playing bear Pellegnillot, and the ridiculous Dummy the Bunny.
But Jens hears and sees the toys crying for help and follows Dunderklumpen who is not so quick to surrender his new-found company. They are also followed by Jens' Father who goes searching for his run-away son and is accompanied by the dutiful Bumblebee. Dunderklumpen also has a small locked chest (that he took from the children's room) with him and believes it contains a great treasure. One-Eye, an old nemesis of Dunderklumpen, also seeks the treasure for himself and pursues our heroes. No one knows what the contents are but Dunderklumpen and One-Eye are both sure it's priceless.
Following Dunderklumpen into the woods, Jens meets a flower witch name Blossom who travels on an umbrella and helps him along the way. The gang also meets the flying paper Malte (one of Jens drawings come to life), the living-talking mountain Jorm, and an elderly woman name Elvira Fattigan who's an old friend of One-Eye.
In the end One-Eye turns out to be a good guy and soon the chest reveals to contain a feather, a dandelion and a rock that are considered treasures to a child. Realizing the chest had no valuables but cherished treasures, everyone celebrates in song and dance, One-Eye becomes friends with Dunderklumpen, the toys stay behind with the both of them and Jens and his Father return home together.
- Beppe Wolgers – The Father
- Jens Wolgers – Jens
- Halvar Björk – Dunderklumpen/Jätten (Jorm)
- Håkan Serner – Lejonel (Lionel)
- Gösta Ekman – En-Dum-En (Dummy)
- Toots Thielemans – Pellegnillot
- Lotten Strömstedt – Dockan (Doll)
- Sif Ruud – Elvira Fattigan
- Birgitta Andersson – Blomhåret (Blossom)
- Hans Alfredson – Humlan (Bumblebee)
- Stig Grybe – Enöga (One-Eye)
- Bert-Åke Varg – Huset som pratar (Old House)
- Beppe Wolgers – Vattenfallet (Waterfall)
- "Dunderklumpen (1974)". Swedish Film Institute. 5 March 2014.