Archive of films George the Hedgehog / Jeż Jerzy

Poland
2011, 80 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2011

George the hedgehog, the hero of this satirical animated film, has to do battle with a mad scientist who wants to clone him, and must also contend with the latter’s two pea-brained, skinhead henchmen, who are hot on his heels. As in the cartoon series on which the film is based, the authors use their refreshing and often considerably black sense of humour to take pot shots at the various ills of Polish society.


Synopsis

The animated film George the Hedgehog draws on the popularity of the satirical underground strip cartoon featuring the very same hero, a hedgehog who’s a big fan of skateboarding, who likes his beer and enjoys his status as a womaniser. In the cult comic series the filmmakers have used their humorous insight over a number of years to comment on a variety of topical domestic social themes, and also to criticise the country’s political scene. In the film, hedgehog George has to do battle with a mad scientist who wants to clone him and he must also contend with the latter’s pea-brained, skinhead henchmen, Zenek and Stefan. George must fight to regain not only his identity, but also the affections of his beloved Jola. As in the cartoon series on which the film is based, the authors use their refreshing and often considerably black sense of humour to take pot shots at the various ills of Polish society, including right-wing extremism; the Catholic Church doesn’t come out unscathed either. The main character is voiced by one of Poland’s most popular young actors, Borys Szyc.

About the director

Wojtek Wawszczyk (b. 1977, Cieszyn, Poland) works as a director and animator, writer, teacher and composer. He graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź and the Film Academy in Baden-Württemberg. His animated shorts Headless (Bezgłowy, 1999), Mouse (2001), Fly-Away Penguin (Pingwin, 2002) and Splinter (2008) won awards and credits around the world. Tomasz Leśniak (b. 1977, Warsaw) studied graphic design at the European Art Academy in Warsaw. He is one of Poland’s most popular cartoonists. He created the cult comic series George the Hedgehog with Rafał Skarżycki. Jakub Tarkowski (b. 1978, New York) is a film director and animator living in Warsaw. He graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódz; in 2003 he won the Ridley Scott Award in the SFX category. George the Hedgehog is his feature-length debut.

Contacts

New Europe Film Sales
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Poland
Tel: +48 600 173 205
E-mail: jan@neweuropefilmsales.com
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
European premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
   
Director: Wojtek Wawszczyk, Jakub Tarkowski, Tomasz Leśniak
Screenplay: Rafał Skarżycki na základě komiksové série / based on the comic book series by Tomasz Leśniak
Music: Jacek Szymkiewicz, Jan Duszyński
Editor: Wojtek Włodarski
Producer: Jolanta Rojek, Maciej Ślesicki, Eliza Oczkowska, Stanisław Dziedzic
Production: Paisa Films, Film Produkcja
Cast: Hlasy / Voices: Borys Szyc, Maria Peszek, Maciej Malenczuk
Contact: New Europe Film Sales
   
www: www.filmjezjerzy.com

Guests

Wojtek Wawszczyk

Film Director

Jakub Tarkowski

Film Director


Tomasz Leśniak

Film Director

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