EXCLUSIVE: International distributor capelight pictures announced they are partnering with Blue Fox Entertainment to present Fantefilm’s hit Norwegian family Christmas feature Teddy’s Christmas in US theaters nationwide on December 1, 2023.
The film stars Zachary Levi (Shazam!) as the voice of the animated title character, Teddy in the English-dubbed version of Andrea Eckerbom‘s hit Norwegian CGI-live action hybrid. Alongside Levi, stars Marte Klerck-Nilssen, Jan Gunnar Røise (The Thing), Nader Khademi (Countrymen) and Mariann Hole (Made in Oslo).
This magical holiday story about an 8-year-old girl who pursues an adventurous living teddy bear mixes live action and CGI-animation. While visiting a Christmas market, eight-year-old Mariann suddenly sees an unbelievable sight: on the top shelf of a carnival game booth, the most adorable stuffed teddy bear has just moved his head and sneezed. Feeling an instant connection with the living stuffed-animal, Mariann can’t think of any better Christmas wish than to win him as a prize. But when someone else wins Teddy, it’s up to Teddy and his new hedgehog friend, Bolla, to reconnect with Mariann and discover the true importance of family and friendship.
“This is the kind of magical family holiday film that warms the hearts of young and old, and we are thrilled to bring it to American audiences, who we know are going to love Zachary Levi as “Teddy,” said capelight pictures SVP of North American Distribution Drew Goldblatt.
Teddy’s Christmas (Teddybjørnens Jul) is based on Alf Prøysen’s song ‘Teddybjørnens Vise,’ written for the screen by Harald Rosenløw Eeg and Lars Gudmestad. The film is part of a Christmas trilogy inspired by the work of the beloved Norwegian author, poet, playwright, songwriter and musician. The first was Santa Swap Merry Christmas Mr Andersen (2016) directed by Terge Rangnes, followed by 2019’s Forgotten Christmas (2019), also directed by Eckerbom.
The film was produced by Thea Benedikte and Kevin Karlsen for Fantefilm.