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by Gregor Schnitzler


The charming live-action adventure with CGI animated animals about an unusual school, where the children receive a magical animal as a companion, centres on the new girl Ida, who goes from being an outsider to the star student thanks to her magical animal, the talking fox Rabbat. - Ida has had to move to another town and is now the "new girl" at the Winterstein School. She has a hard time in the new class: the bitchy Helene makes sure that Ida has scant chance of making any friends, and there is only one place left for her on the first day of school - next to the outsider Benni. One day, her teacher introduces the children to Mortimer Morrison who travels the world looking for "magical animals". Each of these animals is destined to become a child's soul mate. Of all people, newcomer Ida and outsider Benni are the first in the class to have magical companions. From now on, Benni has the ancient, wise turtle Henrietta at his side and Ida the cunning fox Rabbat. When objects keep disappearing at school, the children and the magical animals have to stick together to solve the mystery of the school thief.

international title: School of Magical Animals
original title: Die Schule der magischen Tiere
country: Germany
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH (a brand of Telepool GmbH)
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Gregor Schnitzler
film run: 93'
release date: DE 14/10/2021
screenplay: John Chambers, Viola Schmidt
cast: Emilia Maier, Leonard Conrads, Loris Sichrovsky, Nadja Uhl, Justus von Dohnányi, Heiko Pinkowski, Marleen Lohse, Milan Peschel, Max von der Groeben, Katharina Thalbach
cinematography by: Wolfgang Aichholzer
film editing: Zaz Montana
art director: Christoph Kanter
costumes designer: Esther Amuser
music: Dominik Giesriegl
producer: Alexandra Kordes, Meike Kordes
co-producer: Laura Clever, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Herbert G. Kloiber, Cosima von Spreti
executive producer: Josef Brandmaier, Fred Kogel
line producer: Michael Katz, Tom Sternitzke
production: Kordes & Kordes Film GmbH, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk
distributor: Leonine Distribution
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