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MORTEN is a curious, 10-year old dreamer. His only family is his Father, Captain Viks who sails the seas on his ship, The Salamander. To save Morten's feelings, he tells Morten that his mother became a penguin but Morten knows she passed away.
Morten is taken care of by the strict ballet-teacher Aunt Anna, who is more evil task-master than kind, surrogate Mother.
To soothe his bitter days, Morten plays with a toy boat with only insects for crew. One day, the unexpected happens - Morten is magically shrunk and awakes on his own toy boat! He is thrilled to be a Captain but it's not all he dreamed it would be, since the bugs on the ship are as big as he is and they eerily resemble adults from his 'real' world.
Foul weather is coming in the form of a flood in his Aunt's caf and the toy ship is sinking. Through crazy and surreal adventures Morten saves the ship and insects and returns to the real world to happily reunite with his Father.


Morten On The Ship Of Fools - Trailer from Nukufilm on Vimeo.

Sometimes you need to be shrinked in order to grow up.

Creation techniques: marnukk/classical puppet
Year of production: 2017
Duration: 80 min
Original format: English/Estonian
Colours: colour  
Sound format: dolby stereo  
Genre: Adventure film  
Target audience: family film  
Script: Mike Horelick, Paul Risacher, Robin Lyons
Direction: Kaspar Jancis, Riho Unt
Camera: Ragnar Neljandi
Design: Kaspar Jancis (nukud-puppets), Riho Unt (sets)
Animation: Mrt Kivi, Triin Sarapik-Kivi, Olga Bulgakova, Stina Tiigime
Music: Pierre Yves Drapeau
Puppets and decoration: Heigo Eeriksoo, Taivo Mrsepp, Indrek Kuuse, Ene Mellow, Klli Jaama, Anne Kabel, Triin Paumer, Stiina Tiigime, Katariina Aule, Margrethe Danielsen,
Decoration prepatarion: Mait Erik, Roman Kuznetsov
CGI composer: Raivo Mllits, Villem Tammaru
Digital postproduction: Grid VFX (Belgium)
Make up: Margrethe Danielsen, Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Light: Vladimir Voronov
Assistant: Sergei Kibus
Cast: Cian O'Dowd, Susie Power, Brendan Gleeson, Pauline McLynn, Ciaran Hinds, Tommy Tiernan, Michael McElhatton, Jason Byrne, Mario Rosenstock, Neil Delamere
Producer: Kerdi Oengo, Andrus Raudsalu
Production assistant: Maret Reismann
Produced by: Nukufilm O (Estonia), Telegael (Ireland), Grid VFX (Belgium), Calon (UK)

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