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80 min.

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The Axolotls

Axolotlové: Vodní dráčci na útěku

Two little axolotl siblings, Axl and Lota set off after an argument with their father on an extraordinary journey into the unknown to forge an unlikely alliance between two worlds.

In a serene lake inhabited by various creatures, including axolotls, lives 8-year-old Axl with his family. He struggles with communication issues with his father, who is preoccupied with protecting their family from extinction due to the pollution caused by the Crab community. Feeling unloved, Axl flees home, accompanied by his little sister Lota. As they venture into the unknown, they befriend crab children despite the animosity between their species. However, the kids are imprisoned in a crab dungeon. Meanwhile, their dad, aided by the kids’ jellyfish friend, searches desperately for his children, realizing he made a mistake. With the help of the crabs’ kids, they orchestrate a daring escape. Other axolotls come for help, confronting the crabs about polluting the lake. Amidst escalating tensions, the children manage to stop the battle by finding evidence that not the crabs, but humans are responsible for the trash, and the two communities reconcile.

Director’s statement
The film is based on my personal experiences with my family, particularly my children. I often find myself in situations where we simply fail to understand each other. This is partly due to the fatigue resulting from fulfilling adult responsibilities such as work, home maintenance, and ensuring the health and well-being of our family. Consequently, I find myself bombarding my children with tasks and commands, occasionally neglecting to explain the WHY behind them. Therefore, the main theme of this film is communication between parents and children, I think most viewers will identify with it. The second theme of the film revolves around our relationship with the environment we inhabit and how we interact within it. How can we aspire to raise good and healthy individuals when we‘re capable of devastating our most precious asset - nature? The film intentionally leaves this topic open-ended and refrains from didactic treatment or presenting it as a moral issue.

Country of production

Czech Republic

Target audience

8+

Animation Technique

3D

Production company

Bionaut

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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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