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Lotte From Gadgetville

Saturday, July 9 - Sunday, July 10, 2011

This first feature-length animated film from Estonia was enormously popular in its home country, besting The Incredibles at the box office, winning the prize for best animation, and becoming something of a national treasure — the Estonian government even issued a Lotte postage stamp!

An old fashioned crowd pleaser that is “less interested in teaching morals than creating fun,” (Variety), LOTTE FROM GADGETVILLE is a sweet and gentle-spirited film, full of wacky contraptions, silly/happy songs, and a warm and refreshingly un-cynical sense of humor. Lotte is a cheerful girl-dog who lives in the seaside town of Gadgetville, a village crazy about inventing Rube Goldberg-esque machines. Every year there is a competition to show off the best homemade inventions, which Lotte’s father Oscar always wins. But at this year’s competition, the town is abuzz about the Japanese bee Susumu, who introduces Gadgetville to the concept of judo. After the town becomes obsessed with the sport, Lotte and her three friends try to help Susumu get back to Japan, where they plan to test their new skills in an international judo contest.

  • Country Estonia
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2006
  • Running Time 81 minutes
  • Director Heiki Ernits & Janno Poldma