[[caption-width-right:300:37 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 SliceOfLife 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 this story, Solan is an Oslo private detective, with Ludvig as his assistant, and they are tasked with finding a ''nisse'' (sort of a Norwegian gnome) named Gurin, who has grown a fox's tail.

In 2013, a new stop-motion animated movie with the characters and setting was released, named ''Jul i Flåklypa'' ("Christmas at Pinchcliffe"). Here, Solan and Ludvig are back to living with Reodor, and the plot revolves around Reodor inventing a snow machine in order to get snow for Christmas, but things get out of hand.
!!''Pinchcliffe Grand Prix'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationalVillainy: 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.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: As a literal example, Emanuel Desperados, aside from being a gorilla driver, also guest stars in a human band at the unveiling of the [[CoolCar Il Tempo Gigante]], naturally as a drummer.
* ArabOilSheikh: Sheikh Ben Redic Fy Fazan. Translates something like Sheikh Ben Radish Gosh Tarnit.
* AuthorAvatar: 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."
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Rudolf Blodstrupmoen -- ''Rudolph Gore-Slimey'' in the English dub.
* BadassDriver. Everyone partaking in the race, but special credit goes to Reodor and Rudolf.
* BellyDancer: A belly-dancing ''bird'' (in more than one sense of the word).
* BreakoutCharacter: 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).
* BurningRubber: To the degree that the ''asphalt itself'' gets roasted and curls off the ground.
* CartoonCreature: 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.
* CoolCar: [[http://www.caprino.no/pages/en/iltempo.asp Il Tempo Gigante]]
* {{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.
* DubNameChange: 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:
** Reodor Felgen: Theodore Rimspoke
** Solan Gundersen: Sonny Duckworth
** Ludvig: Lambert
** Rudolf Blodstrupmoen: Rudolph Gore-Slimey
** Ben Redic Fy-Fazan: Abdul Ben Bonanza
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Emanuel Desperados, Ben Redic's driver, is a gorilla.
* TheEeyore: 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.
* FeatherFingers: Solan Gundersen has hands. Still a bird.
* GadgeteerGenius: Reodor, whose many inventions are on display and in function around his house.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Reodor, when asked about the fuel for his CoolCar, states that apart from the regular gasoline, the car also works fine on "home brew". So, our bicycle repair man and GadgeteerGenius is into bootlegging? Who could have known? To be fair, the location for this movie ''is'' a part of Norway where people still sing about the "most important industry" in the area. ''Guess what...''
** During the race sequence, when the car temporarily breaks down, one guy (Kleppvold) tests out the fuel reserve ''and tastes it''. His reaction implies that Felgen actually ''runs'' his car on said home brew rather than the Arabian oil. A hilarious FridgeLogic sets in when you realize it probably works better than regular petrol.
* LighterAndSofter: 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 SmallNameBigEgo 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 PrivateDetective, complete with PrivateEyeMonologue.
* LiveMinkCoat: 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.
* LovableCoward: Ludvig, with traces of CowardlyLion.
* NorwegianLanguageStruggle: Strongly on the dialectal side. The protagonists all use some form of the "eastern valley" mode, justified because of the rural setting. Blodstrupmoen, the antagonist, has clearly brushed up his language to more "posh" Norwegian, but his accent slips when he delivers his challenge. And then, there is the ''genuine'' language struggler, personified in the poet Hallstein Bronskimlet from the western parts of Norway.
* PettingZooPeople: A hedgehog and morning birds.
* PitGirls: Actually a ''guy'' - none other than the ButtMonkey Gudleik Knotten, who delivers the mail, and is known for being hit by cars over and over. A bit of FridgeLogic occurs when you realize ''he'' is the guy with the flag...
* SocietyMarchesOn: 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..."
* YouNoTakeCandle: The Sheikh.
-->'''Sheikh Ben Redic Fy Fazan:''' I many money. You all broke.
** Averted in the English dub, where he speaks with a heavy accent, but mostly uses normal grammar.
* WidgetSeries: Arguably a Weird Scandinavian Thing.

!!The follow-up movies provide examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationalVillainy: 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 [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 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.
* AdaptationExpansion: 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.
* ArtShiftedSequel: 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.
* BigDamnHeroes: 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.
* BreakTheHaughty: ''Gurin'' tries to invoke this, with the titular character being a prankster and [[TheGadfly Gadfly]] who after growing a fox tail gets to be on the receiving end of teasings and pranks.
* DemotedToExtra: 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.
* DisneyAcidSequence: In ''Gurin,'' Ludvig is entranced by the beautiful music played at the restaurant and lapses into a floaty dream sequence. Counts as a bit of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Solan smokes a cigar in some of the scenes in ''Gurin,'' including the opening scene. He seems to be doing it mostly to come across as a CulturedBadass, but his success varies.
* FakeUltimateHero: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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 LighterAndSofter one from ''Flåklypa Grand Prix''.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: 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.
* PrivateDetective: Solan has become one in ''Gurin,'' with Ludvig as his secretary and assistant. He's essentially a parody of the HardBoiledDetective; the opening scenes of the movie are a FilmNoir homage, with the camera panning through the city of Oslo during [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight a Dark And Stormy Night]], until we reach the small shack where Solan's detective agency has its office, to be greeted by a cigar-smoking Solan launching into a PrivateEyeMonologue while trying to look like a CulturedBadass.
* SanitySlippage: Frimand Pløsen gradually undergoes this over the course of ''Jul'' as he keeps looking for ways to save the local newspaper after most of the population has turned against him because he keeps reporting that it'll snow, yet there's no snow in sight. It's by the time he leaves the snow machine on to break an old snow record that he really starts going overboard in looking for bigger news stories, to the point where he doesn't care that Flåklypa might disappear entirely in all the snow because it'd make such an amazing news story. By the end of the movie he has returned to his senses, though, and decided to stop focusing so much on the weather and look for other news stories.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: Solan introduces himself like this in ''Gurin,'' ("Gundersen. ''Solan'' Gundersen.") as a part of his PrivateDetective shtick.