Casper and Emma are Norway’s best friends for Christmas
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- In two weeks, Arne Lindtner Næss’ third instalment in the children’s film franchise has sold 160,327 tickets domestically
Since its 7 November release, Norwegian director Arne Lindtner Næss’ Casper and Emma’s Christmas [+see also:
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“Audiences’ feedback has been overwhelming – we are happy that Casper and Emma make them feel Christmassy,” said Norwegian producer Silje Hopland Eik, of Cinenord Kidstory, who (with Tanya Nanette Badendyck) has staged the three films and is currently preparing the fourth, Casper and Emma on Safari, which sees them continuing their adventures in Africa.
Based on the bestselling Casper and Emma children’s books that have been published since 1992 by Norwegian author Tor Åge Bringsværd with Anne G Holt’s illustrations, Næss’ first film in the series, Casper and Emma – Best Friends [+see also:
film profile] (2013), sold 218,000 tickets. Also in 2013, Norwegian pubcaster NRK Super’s 12-episode TV series about the two friends garnered more viewers than any other series so far, be it for children or adults.
Launched on 24 January this year, Casper and Emma’s Winter Vacation recorded a 210,000-strong attendance. In Casper and Emma’s Christmas, scripted by Alexander Eik, Casper (Elias Søvold-Simonsen) and Emma (Nora Amundsen) are looking forward to the festive season – Emma, however, is excited to know whether Santa Claus will visit her this year, or simply leave her presents outside the door, as he usually does.