Vicky the Viking (film)
|Vicky the Viking|
|Directed by||Michael Herbig|
|Written by||Michael Herbig, Alfons Biedermann, Runer Jonsson|
|Starring||Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus, Ankie Beilke, Helmfried von Lüttichau|
|Music by||Ralf Wengenmayr|
|Edited by||Alexander Dittner|
Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH
herbX film GmbH
|1 hr. 25 min|
|Box office||$32,223,357 (Germany) (October 19, 2009)|
Vicky the Viking is a 2009 live action comedy based on Runer Jonsson's Vicke Viking children's book series and their animated series adaptation "Vicky the Viking" (aka "Wickie und die starken Männer" literally "Vicky and the Strong Men"). It was produced by Christian Becker of Rat Pack Filmproduktion for a 2009 release. The movie premiered on September 9, 2009, in Munich.On its opening weekend, it grossed approximately $5,595,895.On October 3, during a show of Wetten, dass..?, Herbig was presented with the Goldene Leinwand award for the film's viewership of three million within its first 18 weeks. The film sold nearly 5 million tickets in Germany alone, for a total gross revenue of approximately $40,582,384.
Vicky (Jonas Hämmerle) is the son of Halvar (Waldemar Kobus), chief of the Viking village of Flake. Halvar is a strong and big warrior who measures the strength of people through muscles. Vicky, on the other hand, is a small but very smart boy who always has to prove his father that ingenuity of a man can meet muscles.
One day the village of Flake falls under attack, and all the children – including Vicky’s girlfriend Ylvi (Mercedes Jadea Diaz) – are kidnapped except for Vicky himself, so Vicky, his father Halvar and the other Vikings of the village decide to go out and try to rescue them. The kidnappers turn out to be Sven the Terrible and his band of Viking pirates, who are hunting for a legendary treasure, and in order to gain it, they need the assistance of a child who has never spoken a lie in his or her life. Whilst in pursuit, the Flake Vikings pick up a young Chinese girl and an obnoxious bard (Michael Herbig) for company, and together they succeed in rescuing the children, outsmarting Sven and escaping back to Flake with the treasure (though it is not as bountiful as they might have imagined).
Due to the film's tremendous success in Germany, a sequel titled Wickie auf großer Fahrt has been made which is slated to make its cinematic debut in Germany on September 29, 2011. The film will be presented in 3D and will include the original cast with the exception of Michael Herbig; it was directed by Christian Ditter.
- Jonas Hämmerle as Vicky
- Waldemar Kobus as Halvar, Wickie's father
- Nic Romm as Tjure
- Christian Koch as Snorre
- Olaf Krätke as Urobe
- Mike Maas as Gorm
- Patrick Reichel as Ulme
- Jörg Moukaddam as Faxe
- Mercedes Jadea Diaz as Ylvi
- Sanne Schnapp as Ylva, Wickie's mother
- Ankie Beilke as Lee Fu
- Günther Kaufmann as Der schreckliche Sven
- Christoph Maria Herbst as Pokka
- Helmfried von Lüttichau as Strickerpirat