Ronal the Barbarian
|Ronal the Barbarian|
Danish theatrical releases poster
|Directed by||Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen,
Philip Einstein Lipski
|Produced by||Trine Heidegaard|
|Written by||Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen|
|Screenplay by||Thorbjørn Christoffersen|
|Music by||Nicklas Schmidt|
|Edited by||Per Düring Risager|
|Distributed by||Nordisk Film|
|Budget||DKK 18,000,000 ($3,068,796)|
Ronal the Barbarian (Danish: Ronal barbaren) is a 2011 Danish stereoscopic computer animation feature film directed by Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen and Philip Einstein Lipski. It is their third cinema feature following Terkel in Trouble and Journey to Saturn, produced by Einstein Film with the support of the Danish Film Institute, TV 2, distributor Nordisk Film and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. It is a comedic fantasy adventure which parodies the barbarians and other stereotypes of sword and sorcery fiction, role-playing games and films such as Conan the Barbarian and the Dungeons & Dragons class, with nods towards the 1980s fantasy boom and its association with traditional heavy metal. It was released in Denmark on September 29, 2011.
Welcome to the world of Metalonia, where we meet the Barbarians - a fierce and ever battle-hungry tribe of muscle-worshipping warriors with strict codes for epilation, chaps and piercings. And then there is Ronal, the tribe weakling and laughing stock. Ronal is more or less hopeless - he even knows how to read, but serious barbarian business like wielding (or even lifting) a sword, kicking orcs around or toning the muscles with oil is completely lost on him, and everybody but his uncle has given up on him - even himself.
Until one fateful evening the village is surprise attacked (Ronal had the watch duty but had no lungs to sound the alarm horn) and overrun by the massive forces of the evil Lord Volcazar, who dreams of world domination. All barbarians are kidnapped except Ronal, who suddenly must rise to the challenge and save the barbarians - and the entire world from Volcazar's evil plans.
So Ronal reluctantly trudges off on a quest, and picks up company soon enough: the chubby harper Aliberth (who's mainly there to get laid), the fierce and deadly shield maid Zandra and the metrosexual and narcissistic elf Elric. Together they must face deadly fairies with poison arrows, voluptuous bimbo-Amazons (do note this years flower details on the battle bikinis) and many other perils before they can finally face Lord Volcazar.
The voice acting includes Thure Lindhardt, Lars Bom, Ole Ernst, sword and sorcery veterans Brigitte Nielsen and Sven-Ole Thorsen, Lars Mikkelsen and Rune Klan in the original Danish and Ben Bledsoe, Dee Snider, Ashley Acarino, Pierce Cravens and Louis Lombardi in the English-language dub.
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- Ronal barbaren at Filmweb.no (Norwegian)
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- "Ronal barbaren" (in Danish). Scope. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Brown, Todd. "Twisted Sister's Dee Snider joins English voice cast of Ronal the Barbarian". Twitch. Retrieved 20 September 2011.