Incredible. Magical. Delightful. Charming.
These are just a few of the words reviewers have used to describe “The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix,” arguably the most popular Norwegian film ever made.
The stop-motion-animation classic will screen along with the short documentary “In the Stream (Bekken)” at 2:30 p.m. December 5 at Bethania Lutheran Church, 113 North Mill Street in Decorah. Free-will donations will be accepted at the event, part of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum’s 2015 Norwegian Christmas celebration.
Long before Nick Park crafted the popular clay-animated characters Wallace and Gromit, director Ivo Caprino employed stop-motion animation to produce “The PinchcliffeGrand Prix” (or “The Flåklypa Grand Prix”). Based on characters createdby Norwegian author Kjell Aukrust, the film follows inventor Theodore Rimspoke and his friends Lambert (a hedgehog) and Sonny Duckworth (a magpie) as they build (and eventually race) a gigantic car to battle Rudolph Gore-Slimey, the villain who stole Rimspoke’s original engine design.
Released in 1975, “The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix” is a Christmas staple in Norway, where it has sold more than five million tickets and is often broadcast on television around the holidays.
“In the Stream (Bekken)”—a 10-minute short documentary—will precede the feature-length film. Directed by Ida Kleppe, the film explores the people of historic Havrå, a farm cluster on the
west coast of Norway connected by a singular stream of water.