Bamse and the Witch’s Daughter (2016) IMDb

Seen in 2017.

Krösus Sork’s henchmen find a huge lump of apparently pure gold at the bottom of a single-layer wooden dam above the village. The mill by this dam does not seem to exploit the pressure differential, nor is there any evident mechanism for adjusting the water level or regulating the flow, making it unclear why the dam should exist. Rather than quietly dive again, Sork plans to demolish the entire dam, threatening to destroy the village.

There are a few shots with multi-plane parallax effects comparable to those in Bambi (1942), and here the plant life is more attractively stylized, but of course that is no longer a technical feat, not requiring a giant rig of glass plates. The character design and animation are not so impressive, the Swedish acting is bland and the plot is dumb, contemptuous of the target audience: very young children.

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