Swedish cartoon canine leaps into film
by Annika Pham
Martin Kellerman’s famous Swedish cartoon character Rocky the Dog, published around the world – including in France, Italy and the UK – is going to be turned into a feature film and an animated TV series for Nordisk Film.
The dog with the laconic face whose life and tribulations are drawn from Kellerman’s own experiences, has reached cult status in many countries, making it even to theatre stages in Norway and Finland.
The plan is now for the famous dog to become animated as a 3D figure thanks to one of Scandinavia’s leading animation studios, A Film, who will work closely with Kellerman.
The first part of the production will consist of 13 two-minute television episodes and a feature film version will then follow. The project will be produced by Lars G. Lindström and Rene Ezra for Nordisk Film Production in co-production with SVT and A Film, and with support from the Swedish Film Institute and the MEDIA Programme.