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Children’s Movies from Sweden: “The Journey to Melonia,” “Misa Mi” and “Peter-No-Tail”      
Today’s Cinema Scene will be presented in Swedish, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Aulacese (Vietnamese) Chinese, English, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Hungarian, Indonesian Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Welcome, cherished viewers, to today’s Cinema Scene, introducing the delightful Swedish children’s films: “The Journey to Melonia,” “Misa Mi” and “Peter-No-Tail.”

Let us first take a look at a much loved classic, “The Journey to Melonia,” an animated film by Swedish director and animator Per Åhlin that was released in 1989. “The Journey to Melonia” is Per Åhlin’s own interpretation of William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.” The movie takes place on a paradise island called Melonia.

Animals here talk like humans and fruits and vegetables are grown in abundance. It is in this beautiful place that the wizard Prospero, voiced by Allan Edwall, resides with his daughter Miranda, voiced by Robyn Carlsson, and their friends. Life in Melonia is peaceful, and it seems that the good vegetable- faced gardener Caliban, voiced by Ernst Günther Jr., is the only one who must work hard every day and night to maintain the gardens.

At a distance, not too far away, lies the dark Plutonia, which once flourished in verdant beauty like Melonia, but has now become a poisoned, industrial island under the hands of two villains, Slug and Slagg, voiced by Jan Blomberg and Hans Alfredson, respectively. On this dreadful land, they keep children under slave-like conditions, forcing them to work in their factories building weapons.

As they have depleted their own resources, Slug and Slagg are planning to take over the bountiful, unexploited Melonia. One day, a ship is headed towards Melonia. When it sinks during a storm, a box from the ship is washed up onto the shores of the island. Found hiding within is a child slave named Fernando, voiced by Olle Sarri, who was trying to escape from Plutonia.

What nobody knows is that everybody else aboard the ship, including Slug and Slagg, had managed to swim onto the island of Melonia. The two villains find Caliban in the garden applying a magical elixir that Prospero created to make everything grow bigger. The malicious duo captures Caliban to bring him and the special elixir back to Plutonia for their own use.

It is now up to the wizard and his friends to sail to Plutonia to rescue Caliban as well as to free the enslaved children. This imaginative animation is a feast for the eyes with an important message of environmentalism. “The Journey to Melonia” received two Guldbagge awards for Best Creative Achievement.

Our next movie, the 2003 production “Misa Mi,” was directed by Linus Thorell and stars Lena Granhagen as the grandmother of young Misa, played by Kim Jansson. Misa’s mother has passed away. Suddenly, everything turns upside down for the grieving 10-year-old girl. On the other hand, her father is quickly moving on and already has a new girlfriend. When they plan that they will go on vacation to the province of Skåne, Misa decides not to go.

Instead, she wishes to visit her grandmother in northern Sweden’s Norrland. Nothing is like she imagined it would be up in the north. Here, they have no television, and her grandmother drives a flatbed moped. The only surroundings are the deep forests of the far north. Misa befriends a Sami boy named Gustav, played by Per Nilja. From the indigenous Sami people, Misa learns that there is a wolf in the area whom the local people are afraid of.

Therefore, someone in the village has hired illegal poachers to kill the wolf. Misa, still numbed from her mother’s passing, soon begins to find interest in the wilderness. One day, she encounters the wolf, but contrary to the local residents’ fear, the wolf is not so frightening. Misa develops a special relationship with the wolf, and finds that her new furry friend has two pups to care for.

Knowing that they are in danger, Misa takes on the mission to help them. What will be the fate of the pups and the mother wolf? Will young Misa finally learn to find peace in her grief? With cinematography by Anders Bohman, “Misa Mi” beautifully conveys the magical Norrland landscapes and the sentience and love inherent in all beings.

One of Sweden’s well-known cats is Peter-No-Tail, who is the star of our last feature, “Peter-No-Tail.” This animated film from 1981 is based on a children’s book series by Gösta Knutsson about a tailless feline with a heart of gold. In the movie, Peter is voiced by Mats Åhlfeldt. At the start of the film, Peter is born on a farm in the Swedish countryside. Because he is without a proper tail, the farm owner does not want to keep him and orders a worker to get rid of the small kitten.

The worker cannot bring himself to carry out the merciless deed and instead puts Peter in the car of a nearby house. The vehicle belongs to a family who had been staying there for summer vacation. With Peter still in the car, they drive back to their home in Uppsala, where the kind family goes on to care for their new feline friend. Being a cat without a tail, Peter soon becomes the talk of the town amongst all the other cats.

The town’s bully cat Måns, voiced by Ernst-Hugo Järegård, along with his friends Bill, voiced by Carl Billquist, and Bull, voiced by Björn Gustafson, like to tease Peter. On the other hand, Peter also meets the beautiful Molly Silk-Nose, voiced by Ewa Fröling. Måns likes Molly Silk-Nose, but she is more interested in the gentle Peter. Through Peter and his goodhearted spirit, “Peter-No-Tail” reminds audiences to be open-minded and accepting of others’ differences, which gives everyone their own special charm.

“The Journey to Melonia,” “Misa Mi” and “Peter No-Tail” are three great Swedish movies for children to enjoy while learning valuable lessons from them.

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