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Minnie and the Mozzies Cykelmyggen og Minibillen

Jannik Hastrup, Flemming Quist Møller / Denmark / 2014 / 76 min / Slovene subtitles, Danish

The minibeetle Mini performs in a flea circus. The flea Miranda bullies Mini and tricks him into interfering in Dagmar’s line dancing so she falls and sprains her foot. Deeply ashamed, Mini runs away and joins a gang of robbers who order Mini to break into the honey bee stock. But the bee-soldiers catch him, and he is sentenced to life-long hard labour. The bee-princesses find him cute and adopt him as their pet until he flees and asks for sanctuary among the robbers, who have meanwhile stolen Egon’s bike. Miranda regrets her bullying Mini and together with Mini and their brave friends they courageously try to regain Egon’s beloved bike.

Based on an animated universe created nearly 50 years ago, the film takes us on an adventurous journey through a sparkling, colourful universe full of songs, dance, humour, warmth and a festive gallery of personalities and familiar situations. 

Mini and the Mozzies shows traces of our own personal involvement in the world, at heart carried by the fundamental conviction that we shall all of us be honest and balanced in our dealings with each other. In this way, Mini and the Mozzies is presented as a magnificent tale, a glorious yarn overflowing with cheek and verve including subjects of bullying and friendships.” (Jannik Hastrup, Flemming Quist Møller)

Jannik Hastrup
Born in 1941 in Næstved, Denmark. Grand master of Danish animation, Hastrup is known for making realistic and honest films for children. In the five decades of his career, he has directed more than 100 animated films, among which 14 features.

filmography (selection)
1971 Bennys badekar (Benny's Bathtub) (short)
1984 Samson og Sally (Samson and Sally)
1990 Fuglekrigen (War of the Birds)
1995 Aberne og det Hemmelige Våben (The Secret Weapon)
1998 Cirkeline – Storbyens Mus (Circleen – City Mice)
2003 Drengen der ville gøre det umulige (The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear)
2014 Cykelmyggen og Minibille (Mini and the Mozzies)

Flemming Quist Møller
Born in 1942 in Taarbæk, Denmark. Musician, screenplay writer, author and illustrator of books for children. Co-director (with Jannik Hastrup) of the immensely popular children's classic, Benny's Bathtub, a film that was selected by the Danish Ministry of Culture in 2006 as one of the ten most important Danish films ever.

filmography (selection)
1966 Hvordan man opdrager sine forældre (TV-series)
1967 Scatclat
1971 Bennys badekar (Benny's Bathtub) (short)
1993 Jungledyret
2007 Cykelmyggen og Dansemyggen (A Tale of Two Mozzies)
2014 Cykelmyggen og Minibille (Mini and the Mozzies)


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