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Western Animation: Pinchcliffe Grand Prix
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 lives the bicycle-repairman and inventor Reodor Felgen and his two assistants, Solan Gundersen (a cheerful and optimistic morning bird) and Ludvig (a nervous, pessimistic and melancholic hedgehog).

One day, the trio discovers that one of Reodor's former assistants, Rudolf Blodstrupmoen, 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 2013, a new stop-motion animated movie with the characters and setting is to be released, named Jul i Flåklypa ("Christmas at Pinchcliffe").

Pinchcliffe Grand Prix provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 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.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Rudolf Blodstrupmoen — Rudolph Gore-Slimey in the English dub.
  • 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.
  • Cool Car: 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.
  • 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:
    • Reodor Felgen: Theodore Rimspoke
    • Solan Gundersen: Sonny Duckworth
    • Ludvig: Lambert
    • Rudolf Blodstrupmoen: Rudolph Gore-Slimey
    • Ben Redic Fy-Fazan: Abdul Ben Bonanza
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Emanuel Desperados, Ben Redic's driver, is a gorilla.
  • The Eeyore: Ludvig.
  • Feather Fingers: Solan Gundersen has hands. Still a bird.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lovable Coward: Ludvig
  • Petting Zoo People: A hedgehog and morning birds.
  • 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..."
  • You No Take Candle: 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.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In the books, Emanuel Desperados works at the local dairy. Maybe his bodyguard/chauffeur gig was a summer job.
  • Widget Series: Arguably a Weird Scandinavian Thing.

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