Sur la piste du Marsupilami

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Sur la Piste du Marsupilami
Directed by Alain Chabat
Produced by Alain Chabat
Written by Alain Chabat
Jeremy Doner
André Franquin (comic book)
Starring Alain Chabat
Jamel Debbouze
Fred Testot
Géraldine Nakache
Lambert Wilson
Liya Kebede
Distributed by Pathé
Release dates
  • April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04)
Running time 105 minutes
Country France
Belgium
Language French
Budget € 40,000,000
Box office € 51.696.606

Sur la Piste du Marsupilami is a 2012 French CGI-animated/live-action hybrid family comedy film based on the comic book Marsupilami by André Franquin.

Plot[edit]

Dan Geraldo, a reporter who needs a scoop, arrives in Chiquito, Palombia, but he does not think that he is going to discover anything significant, other than an interview with the Paya; the indigenous tribes of Palombia. However, accompanied by the eccentric and poor vet and tour guide, Pablito, whose children dislike him and deem him a liar, Dan is told the myth of the Marsupilami, a mythical and extremely rare creature that is believed to inhabit the Palombian rainforest and to be a real species.

Meanwhile, 80-year old botanist Hermoso discovers a beautiful but rare orchid, in which the Marsupilami uses to cradle its eggs, manages to condense it into a liquid and drinks it, turning him to an early adult age. With the help of Caporal, a Palombian Army officer, he performs a coup d'état and imprisons General Pochero, the current dictator with a love for Celine Dion, while he plans to capture the Marsupilami, which had earlier stolen Hermoso's samples and is planned to be trained to take more orchids for Hermoso to stay young.

Dan and Pablito, after tracking in the jungle, are captured by the Paya. In their temple, they meet the beautiful Queen Paya, who gives a prophecy of the Marsupilami (seen as the Guardian of the Jungle) being threatened by "the man with two faces". They are released, but after Dan insults Pablito and reveals that he isn't paying him, the two get into an argument and separate.

Pablito soon meets the Marsupilami and discovers that it had a mate and a nest of eggs. Suddenly, the nest is torn down by the Palombian soldiers and the Marsupilami is struck by a tranquilizer dart by Caporal. Hermoso, who has given himself the title General, finds more orchids, but also discovers the eggs. Pablito tries to stop them, but Dan bumps into him and they are both knocked out. He places both in an incubator at his presidential palace and gives the Marsupilami to Caporal, seeing no use for it anymore.

Back in prison, the two find General Pochero, who manages to give in and escapes using a secret exit, arriving at the palace. Because Pochery enjoys hearing Celine Dion's "I'm Alive", he disguises himself as a woman, using the costumes of his mannequins, and distracts the Palombian soldiers, giving Pablito and Dan the chance to steal the eggs and orchids inside his palace. They steal the presidential limousine and then go back to Chiquito.

Caporal, at the meantime, has taken the Marsupilami and decides to torment it with electrocution, but is knocked out by the Marsupilami and it escapes after the eggs. Hermoso discovers that the orchids and eggs were stolen, and furiously takes off in a military jeep after the trio.

Dan makes it to TV Palombia, and begins the show by explaining the Marsupilami's existence. Pablito comes to his aid, after his video tape is missing, but at the same moment the Marsupilami arrives to take its eggs. Suddenly, Hermoso runs through the room with the jeep and nearly kills the Marsupilami for its eggs, but the potion wears off and Hermoso ages to an infant. Pablito was forgiven by his children, and the Marsupilami is securely returned to its home in the jungle, with the now-hatched babies with its new parents.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began on 20 September 2010 in Belgium and in Mexico.[1][2]

Box office[edit]

The film earned 251,265 entries during its first run in France.[3] It eventually topped the box-office with 5,303,302 entries.[4]

Others countries[edit]

Results on 2 August 2012:[5]

  • Belgium : 248,000 entrances ;
  • Switzerland : 115,000 entrances ;
  • Russia : 96,000 entrances.

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