Benny's Bathtub

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Benny's Bathtub
Bennys badekar.jpg
Front cover of the Danish DVD for
Benny's Bathtub
Directed by Jannik Hastrup
Flemming Quist Møller
Produced by Anni Holst
Per Holst
Written by Flemming Quist Møller
Starring Peter Belli
Jesper Klein
Jytte Abildstrøm
Music by Hans-Henrik Ley
Cinematography Poul Dupont
Edited by Henrik Carlsen
Distributed by Fiasco Film
Release date
  • 6 March 1971 (1971-03-06)
Running time
41 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish

Benny's Bathtub (Original title: Bennys badekar) is a 1971 Danish animated film directed by Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller. The film relates the story of a boy who flees the boring world of adults into a magical land in the bottom of his bathtub. The film featured the voices and songs of Peter Belli, Otto Brandenburg and Poul Dissing as well as the jazz music of Kenny Drew and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Benny's Bathtub received a special Bodil Award for animated film in 1971 and is one of the ten films chosen for Denmark's cultural canon by the Danish Ministry of Culture.[1]


It is the story of a boy named Benny who is bored in the apartment house where his parents don't have time to talk or play with him. Outdoors, Benny catches a tadpole which he takes home into the bathtub. Benny discovers the tadpole is an enchanted prince, who dives with Benny to the bottom of the bathtub and into a magical ocean world. In this fantastic world Benny meets pirates, mermaids and an octopus and experiences the things he misses in his daily life.


Actor Role
Bo Jakobsen Benny
Jesper Klein Haletudsen
Peter Belli Blæksprutten
Jytte Abildstrøm Dagny
Otto Brandenburg Hummerdrengen
Jytte Hauch-Fausbøll Bennys mor
Rolf Krogh Ornitologen
Poul Dissing Sørøver
Per Bentzon Goldschmidt Sørøver
Per Tønnes Nielsen Cowboy
Aya Havfrue
Maia Årskov Havfrue
Trille (Bodil Trille Nielsen) Havfrue
Christian Sievert Krabbe
Allan Botschinsky Søhest


  1. ^ "Bennys Badekar". Kanon for Film. Danish Ministry for Culture, 2006

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