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37 miles north, a bit east and upwards, there’s Flåklypa.
Pinchcliffe Grand Prix or Flåklypa Grand Prix is a 1975 Norwegian animated feature film, directed by Ivo Caprino based on the works of author Kjell Aukrust, and featuring characters from many of Aukrust's books.In the tiny mountain town Flåklypa ("Pinchcliffe" in the English dub) lives the bicycle-repairman and inventor Reodor Felgen ("Theodore Rimspoke") and his two assistants, Solan Gundersen ("Sonny Duckworth," a cheerful and optimistic morning bird) and Ludvig ("Lambert," a nervous, pessimistic and melancholic hedgehog).One day, the trio discovers that one of Reodor's former assistants, Rudolf Blodstrupmoen ("Rudolph Gore-Slimey"), has stolen his design for a race car engine and has become a world champion Formula One driver. Solan secures funding from an Arab oil sheik who happens to be vacationing in Flåklypa, and to enter the race, the trio builds a gigantic racing car: "Il Tempo Gigante".This movie is one of the (if not THE) biggest successes in Norwegian film: It's popular enough that it has sold more tickets within Norway than the entire Norwegian population.Solan and Ludvig would go on to star in many books by Aukrust, usually composed of small humorous Slice of Life vignettes, and the pair would return to the movie world in the hand-drawn animated movie Solan, Ludvig og Gurin med Reverompa ("Solan, Ludvig and Gurin with the Fox Tail") in 1998, in which Reodor had a minor role.In 2013, a new stop-motion animated movie with the characters and setting was released, named Jul i Flåklypa ("Christmas at Pinchcliffe").
Pinchcliffe Grand Prix provides examples of the following tropes:
Adaptational Villainy: Rudolf Blodstrupmoen, while never a particularly nice person, wasn't a bad guy in Aukrust's original writings. In the movie he's much more ruthless and more willing to do whatever it takes to win, which includes stealing, cheating and sabotage.
All Drummers Are Animals: As a literal example, Emanuel Desperados, aside from being a gorilla driver, also guest stars in a human band at the unveiling of the Il Tempo Gigante, naturally as a drummer.
Arab Oil Sheikh: Sheikh Ben Redic Fy Fazan. Translates something like Sheikh Ben Radish Gosh Tarnit.
Author Avatar: Kjell Aukrust once described both Solan and Ludvig as this, claiming that "Solan is me before I turned fifty — Ludvig is me after I turned fifty."
Belly Dancer: A belly-dancing bird (in more than one sense of the word).
Breakout Character: Ludvig, the only character in the movie who hadn't appeared previously in Kjell Aukrust's books (outside a single illustration), emerged as the star of the movie and went on to become Aukrust's most beloved character, starring in many books alongside Solan (who until now had been a solo character).
Burning Rubber: To the degree that the asphalt itself gets roasted and curls off the ground.
Cartoon Creature: There's a bit of confusion in the movie as to what sort of animal Ludvig really is; the narrator doesn't seem to be sure and Solan refers to him as a mole. After the movie, in subsequent books, Ludwig is firmly established as a hedgehog.
Defictionalization: Of all things, the Il Tempo Gigante itself. A real Il tempo gigante car was used to promote the film, e.g. driving around the Hockenheimring between races. The car originally had an 250 hp Cadillac engine but when Niki Lauda saw it he provided them with an 7,6 ltr, 550 hp, big-block Chevrolet engine. The car also has an auxiliary jet engine, but due to EU restrictions the vehicle is barely permitted to be used at all save for exclusive TV cameos.
Dub Name Change: Since the Norwegian names are often difficult to pronounce for anyone who isn't Norwegian (and a lot of the names are pun-based anyway), the various language dubs often change the names of the characters. The English names for the main characters are:
The Eeyore: Ludvig has traces of this, though he completely lacks the trademark gloom and depression of the traditional Eeyore. He is definitely low-key and pessimistic, though, usually as a result of his generally timid nature.
Gadgeteer Genius: Reodor, whose many inventions are on display and in function around his house.
Lighter and Softer: Solan, compared to how he's portrayed in books and other stories. In the books, he drinks, smokes and swears, and is in all ways a Small Name, Big Ego character. In this movie he's a lot more childlike and is at worst a cheeky, loveable rascal. For the two later movies, he was allowed some of his edge back, especially in Gurin where he's essentially a parody of the somewhat dodgy Private Detective, complete with Private Eye Monologue.
Live Mink Coat: The fox Enkefru Stengelføhn-Glad has around her neck is obviously alive enough to bob its head in accord with the music during the unveiling of the car.
Society Marches On: The fact that Norway had to rely on Arabian oil reserves in a movie made in the early seventies. Lampshaded by the official giving the speech when the car is revealed for the first time:
"Since we do not yet have access to our own oil reserves..."
The follow-up movies provide examples of the following tropes:
Adaptational Villainy: Just like in the first movie, both the follow-up movie takes an established Aukrust character and puts them in an antagonistic role. In Gurin it's the widow Stengelføhn-Glad, who comes across as a bit of a Cruella de Vil knockoff and even gets Rudolf Blodstrupmoen as her sidekick. In Jul i Flåklypa its Frimand Pløsen, the chief editor of the local newspaper, who is a lot more sympathetic but goes just a bit too far in order to get the news story he wants.
Adaptation Expansion: Both movies were based on short stories by Aukrust, but since these stories were... well, short, they had to expand them with a lot of extra materials and plotlines.
Art Shifted Sequel: Both the follow-up movies look notably different than the first. Gurin sticks out the most, being hand-drawn animation rather than stop motion, but Jul which returns to the stop-motion medium, has notably different designs and puppets.
Big Damn Heroes: Ludvig in Jul i Flåklypa, who saves Reodor and Solan when they're in danger and ultimately ends up being the one to resolve the main plot.
Parodied with Solan in Gurin, when he spends the climax of the story off-screen, and barges in to announce that he's here to save the day and has everything under control... after the problems are over and the plot has been resolved.
Break the Haughty: Gurin tries to invoke this, with the titular character being a prankster and Gadfly who after growing a fox tail gets to be on the receiving end of teasings and pranks.
Demoted to Extra: Reodor, in Gurin, is only in a few scenes (though he does help Solan and Ludvig with their quest to find Gurin). He's back as a major character in Jul. though.
Fake Ultimate Hero: Solan, in Gurin. He narrates the story and tries to present himself as the hero, but he doesn't actually contribute anything to the resolution of the story. He still gets to share in the glory afterwards, though.
Invisibility: Reodor accidentally turns himself invisible in Jul. Uniquely, being invisible also renders him unable to talk, so he can't tell Solan and Ludvig what happened to him (trying to communicate through written notes just makes them think there is a ghost around when they see notepads and pencils fly by themselves.) Later in the movie, Solan's beak is accidentally turned invisible, which means he can't talk either.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though ultimately a good person, Solan is notably more jerkish in these movies than he is in the original. This is of course because the follow-up movies are based on Aukrust's writings rather than the first movie, and so use the books' characterizations of Solan rather than the Lighter and Softer one from Flåklypa Grand Prix.
Narrative Profanity Filter: A variant in Jul. When Reodor turns hinself invisible, the narrator steps in to tell the audience that the reason we're not hearing the many inventive swearwords Reodor is currently using, is that he's turned inaudible as well as invisible.