Money and Happiness

O novcu i sreći

The hamsters live and work in Hamsterland, a perfect state with a perfect economy.

The hamsters live and work in Hamsterland, a perfect state with a perfect economy. The GDP grows steadily, there is no unemployment, and 100 % of the population declare themselves to be happy. Of course, just as in any attempt to arrange a perfect society by force, the world of the hamsters also has its dark side, which we gradually discover in the course of the film.

Director’s statement
It is more than obvious, to more and more people, that today’s dominant concept of the economy, in which money is the primary goal, is not sustainable. An economy that measures its success in GDP is often insensitive to the real happiness of the people. We decided to create a satirical model of the ideal economy in the form of an animated film. This choice of subject stems from strong personal motivation: an attempt to confront the traumas of life on a treadmill of earning and spending money. In today’s world awash with real documentary images, we can more easily reach the viewer by creating stylised, animated worlds, and start a discussion on subjects we believe important. After the films Rabbitland, an experiment with the meaning of democracy today, and Untravel, which looks at state borders and isolation, Money and Happiness is a logical progression for us and a challenge for our small team specialised in creating dystopian worlds by modelling clay.

Country of production


Target audience

adults, young adults

Animation Technique

stop motion

Production company

Film House Bas Celik

CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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