I have /Film to thank for introducing me to the trailer for this fantastic-looking film, Kooky’s Return or Kooky (as its international title may turn out to be). Apparently Russ posted the trailer last month, but it now has English subtitles. You know – so we know what’s going on.
The film is directed by Czech Jan Sverák, who won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996, with his comedy-drama Kolya. Jakub Dvorský is also aboard the project as production designer – he’s the founding member of games studio Amanita Design, who developed the visually exquisite Machinarium. I haven’t played the full game, but the demo (available to play straight away here) is good fun. The music’s great too. I’ve actually got the site open right now, just to have it on in the background.
Anywho, Kooky follows the exploits of an incredibly cute teddy bear (the title character) who is thrown out into the trash. He ventures into the nearby woods in order to escape being crushed in a dump, and meets the various not-so-nice characters who reside within them. Apart from the humans present, the film looks to incorporate puppets in a live-action setting – and the resulting aesthetic is wonderful.
You can watch the trailer below:
And if you go to the official website, you can read more about the plot, sample the soundtrack, get some wallpapers, etc. There’s not much on it at the moment, but that trailer’s all I need to get me more-than-interested.
Kooky comes out in the Czech Republic on May 20th. I sincerely hope it gets some international release dates ASAP.