Young Ondra has asthma and so his parents throw away his favourite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the dump. In the boy's fantasy, the bear gets lost in a forest occupied by strange animals and remarkable beings that he never heard of while living on the toy shelf in Ondra's room. And of course even in this small imaginary world, true good exists as does real evil, which Kooky must face up to in order to become a real hero.
In many ways Kooky, with its sumptuous aesthetics and focus on childhood and imagination, thematically resembles both Where The Wild Things Are and the Toy Story series without ever threatening to achieve the dizzying heights of these superior movies. The animation, puppetry and character design are second to none in the feature but, sadly, as little is at stake (emotionally or otherwise) there is little to feel for these imaginary characters who neither grow, give out wisdom or in any way reflect the hopes and fears of the sick child who is conjuring up the imagery. To it's credit, Sverak's film does ring true as something dreamed up by a young child - the detail and splendour may be there,…
I got to know about this movie through the indie game maker Jakub 'Amanita' Dvorský, who helped developing the puppets. His artwork and style are great in his games Machinarium and Botanicula, you should check it out.
This is also the reason you should watch this movie. It emerges you in an unique world with mold, garbage, roots, insects, moss and brings it literally alive. They also did a great job working with real animals.
The animation itself is done with puppets on strings and this gives a distinguishable look. The characters and little details make this one fun to watch.
The story however, is pretty basic and sometimes hard to follow because of the Czech language. But if you are into animation and want to see something special, go watch this movie.
I don't exactly understand this movie. But, it is obviously a piece of vision. It's not the greatest movie out there and I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it. But, it's at least personal.
The cutest of all the films!
A kids film from Czech director Jan Sverák who won the '96 Best Foreign Film Oscar for Kolya. This follows a sick boy who has his little stuffed animal, named Kooky, thrown into the trash; we then go on a fantastic ride in the forest as Kooky tries to return home. I added this film on a whim since I just happened to have a spot open and honestly was not much looking forward to it since I'm not a big fan of kids films, but damn, I loved this movie. I'm going to exclude pretty much all of the family stuff with the real people because it was small part of the film and I found it pretty annoying…
A unique and delightful stop motion film reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki's work. Although rarely the case elsewhere, the english dubbing beats the original Czech dialogue.