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#time4estonia REBANE

“I think I have this thing where everybody has to think I’m the greatest. And if they aren’t completely knocked out and dazzled and slightly intimidated by me, I don’t feel good about myself.” Fantastic Mr. Fox

It’s time to talk about the greatest.
REBANE = fox


Did you know that the first Estonian-language collection of tales about the fox, Reynard the Fox (Reinuvader Rebane) was written in 1850 by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, the father of Estonian literature?

While foxes are regulars in European fictional writing, people usually don’t see them day in, day out wandering the streets, apart from London where they are a common sight. Estonia has also started to experience the growing population of urban foxes.

Today, let us introduce you to an over-educated and unemployed urban fox in his 30s living with his overbearing mother. Please meet Manivald.
He is created by the talented Estonian-born animator Chintis Lundgren, currently living in Croatia where she co-founded Adriatic Animation studio. Self-taught Chintis’s work is full of quirky and absurd shorts and music videos, but above all: a variety of animals with distinct anthropomorphic characters like Manivald.

Film is co-produced by Chintis Lundgren Animatsioonistuudio, Adriatic Animation and NFB, the National Film Board of Canada. Composer Terence Dunn.

Watch the film Manivald

#time4estonia is Mon – Fri 4pm Estonian Embassy in London Facebook series where you can discover Estonian artists, writers, musicians, architecture, cities, museums, galleries, nature etc. We will give you a hint of Estonian language (eesti keel [ˈeːsti ˈkeːl]), our humour and Estonian spirit.