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Reven og Nissen

A hungry fox hunts for food on a cold winter night. On the edge of the forest he discovers a small farm. He sneaks closer to steal a snack, unaware of the Tomten who guards the farm, and is caught red-handed in the hen-coop. When the Tomten sees how hungry the fox is, he decides to share his Christmas porridge with him, as long as the fox promises to leave the animals alone.
But can an outcast fox trust anyone other than himself?

  • Yaprak Morali
  • Are Austnes
  • Mina Juni Stenbråten
  • Ingrid Haukelidsæter
  • Are Austnes
  • Ove Heiborg
  • Thomas Gustafsson
  • Johan Palmberg
  • Gaute Storaas
  • Sunit Parekh
    director of photography
  • Bente Laurenz
    Set Builder
  • Baard H. Ingebretsen
    recording mixer
  • Søren Fleng
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 23, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    440,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Denmark, Norway, Sweden
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  • Student Project:
  • Television on Christmas day
    December 24, 2019
    1 day TV screening on Norwegian National Television
  • Television on Christmas day
    December 23, 2019
  • Animayo

    May 4, 2020
    online Spanish
    Winner Audience Award
  • Annecy Animation Festival
    June 16, 2020
    online France
    Winner Young Audience Award
  • Fredrikstad Animation Festival
    October 22, 2020
    Winner Best Nordic-Baltic Children's Short Film Award
  • Animafilm
    October 14, 2020
    Best animated film for children
  • Animest

    November 9, 2020
    Best Film for Children
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival
    United States
    December 5, 2020
  • Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film
    March 24, 2021
    WINNER: special mention
  • Cinemira

    October 23, 2021
    European Children’s film association – Special Price
  • Deep Focus Film Festival

    United States
    September 18, 2021
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Yaprak Morali, Are Austnes

Originally from Turkey, Yaprak Morali started her career in 1999 as a classical animator after going to The Animation Workshop in Denmark. She has worked in various animation studios in Europe and Asia until she settled in Oslo Norway, where she has been working at Qvisten Animation since 2008 as animation director and director. 

Are Austnes is a Norwegian designer. Graduated in Fine Arts, he has been working in the Animation Industry since 2007. After his studies at Volda Media School in Norway and then The Animation Workshop in Denmark, Are has been working as production designer and director at Qvisten Animation since 2007.

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Director Statement

The Tomten and the Fox is based on Astrid Lindgren's book Räven och Tomten. It is made in co-production between Qvisten Animation (Norway), The Astrid Lindgren Company (Sweden) and Hydralab (Denmark)
Entering the highly popular and beloved universe of Astrid Lindgren was a challenge to begin with. So much had been done with her beautiful books and so much high quality products were out there already. When Qvisten proposed us to make Reven og Nissen, we welcomed this challenged and looked into ways of making this film unique.
We have a lot of experience at Qvisten Animation in all steps needed in making a film, from script to screen, for all given styles and looks. We have both been at Qvisten for 14 years, working on all the main projects. So we have used all our past experiences to find the best solutions for our film. 
We have worked a lot on the story, so that we would manage to keep Astrid Lindgren's mood from the book yet make it fit a short film format as best as possible. 
Each technique in animation has it's strong points, so we have decided to mix different techniques to match our vision and strengthen the story needs. 
The sets are miniature built real sets, this way they managed to maintain all the charming details needed to build this Christmas atmosphere but also the dense forest covered in snow look. The snow was made with salt. Tones of salt was used in making this film and some additional CG special effects was added on top of it too.
As there was very little dialogue in the film, the characters had to be the most expressive as possible. Hence, we have decided to do them in CG, with lovely body physicality possibilities and strong facial expressions. 
By working with experienced artists in all these fields, we have managed to combine these different techniques and merge them on the big screen.
We are very pleased with the final look, to which a beautiful music score was added to finalize it as a charming little Christmas movie to be enjoyed by all ages.