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The boy who wanted to be a bear

Original Title

L'enfant qui voulait être un ours
Drengen der ville gøre det umulige
Director Jannik Hastrup
Genre Animation
Country of origin Denmark, France
Language spoken Danish, French
Year of production 2002
Production Dansk Tegnefilm 2 (Denmark),
Les Armateurs (France)
Domestic distribution /
World Sales
Gebeka (France)
Scanbox Angel Films (Denmark: 07/02/03)
Domestic release 18 December 2002 (France)
Sales agent

Claudia Rae- Colombani & Sébastien Chesneau,
France Télévisions Distribution
phone + 33 6 21 71 39 11
fax + 33 1 56 22 90 84


2003 : Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Special Mention Best Feature Film - Jannik Hastrup

List of Distributors
Release date Country Distributor
18 April 2003 UK National Film Theatre
18 December 2002 Benbelux Alternative Films
Michel Luel
Place Colignon, 10
1030 Bruxelles
Phone : +32 22421930
Fax : +32 22420180
E-mail :
Future release: 5 December 2003 Greece Youth Plan
Dimitris Spyrou
18, Rodos Street,
Athens 11252 - Greece
Phone: +30 2108664470
Fax: +30 2108662344
Unknown Spain Antonio Laurens
Balmes 87
08008 Barcelona
Phone: +34 934963800
Fax: +34 934963801
E-mail :
Future release: 21 November 2003 Bulgaria Svetoslav Alexandrov
18, Yantra Street
1124 Sofia
Phone: +359 28435064
Fax: +359 29434801
25 December 2002


Mont Blanc Distribution
Future release: 17 January 2003 Norway Oro Film
Unknown Sweden Folkets Bio


One day a bear gave birth to a stillborn bear cub. The bear mother was so sad that she lay down on the ice to die. Not far from the bear's cave, a little boy was born. When the bear saw that his wife wanted to die, he set off in search of a little bear for her. His was not an easy task, for nowhere were baby bears to be found. And so the bear took the woman's infant boy and brought him to his wife, who brought up the child as if he were her own son. In this way, the little boy learned everything a bear should know. The boy's mother never got over the loss of her son. She became so sad that her husband promised to kill the bear and bring back her son to her. The man set off to hunt down the bear; finally he discovered the boy's tracks in the snow, found the bear, killed it and brought back the boy to his mother. However, the boy felt so much like a bear that could not get used to being with people again. He ran back to the bear's cave to find out how to become a real bear. He learned that he would have to pass three important bear tests. A real bear must be able to cope with the sea and the cold and - worst of all - being alone. As director Jannik Hastrup comments: "This story is neither a piece of natural history nor is it a lesson in Arctic geography; it is a fairy-tale, and, like all good stories, it can take place anywhere and at any time."