Gnomes and Trolls: The Secret Chamber, a new animated children’s movie from Swedish production company Whiteshark Films, is building an audience across Europe and other parts of the world. According to Daily Variety, the English-language fantasy feature has sold to 69 countries.
Directed by Robert Rhodin and produced by Rhodin and Carl Johan Merner, Gnomes and Trolls: The Secret Chamber is an action-adventure comedic fairy tale in which a teenage gnome named Junior wants nothing more than to invent gizmos and gadgets in his tree-house laboratory. However, Junior’s father, Jalle, the head gnome of the forest, would prefer his son to follow in his footsteps and one day be in charge of his own forest. On the eve of the first winter storm, Junior helps Jalle distribute food rations to the soon-to-be-hibernating animals. At the same time, troll brothers Face and Slim hatch their evil father’s plan to steal the food from the gnome secret food chamber. It’s up to Junior and his best friend, Sneaky, a paranoid neurotic crow, to journey to the depths of the troll cave and retrieve the stolen food.
The movie premiered over the weekend at the Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund. Sales are being handled by NonStop Sales, which has reportedly sold the film to distributors in Latin and South America, the whole Middle East and several Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Iran. The film has yet to sell to the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy and Germany, which are major targets in NonStop’s strategy. Buyers will be able to catch a screening at the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, Calif. this November. A television version will also debut at MIPCOM in Cannes in October.
Gnomes and Trolls is the first animated feature from Whiteshark. Junior the gnome will return in Gnomes and Trolls II: The Forest Trial, a sequel currently in the works. Whiteshark is also developing an animated fantasy titled Astrid Silverlock. Watch the trailer for Gomes and Trolls at www.gnomesandtrolls.com.