The Icebreakers

The Icebreakers

In a winter wonderland two best friends are having a blast, ice-skating on a lake when suddenly a strange world cracks open underneath: now they must learn how to deal with the otherness, not letting the fear rule.

On a bright winter's day, in the land of fluffy hills and frosted trees Piglet and his best friend Cow are having fun, ice-skating on a lake. Here's another fantastic flip performed by Piglet but suddenly a strange 'boom!' comes out of nowhere: they see a monstrous Fish staring at them from underneath. Scared to death they run off quickly but Piglet loses his skate so he must go back and this time he notices that the eyes are rather sad, not scary - they are actually asking for help! Vigorously trying out all means of upside down communication, they finally get it: fish need to breath, they are dying! A way to drill a hole is found but what a shame, Cow is stuck in it, upside down! A mysterious new world she sees in the water when suddenly the Fish opens its mouth as if ready to eat poor Cow but ...ah! The Fish actually saved her: with a massive stream of water it spouted Cow back to the air. The friends hug each other, happy and thankful as all the fish around them, breathing freely.

Director’s statement
I am a father of two little girls. I see how every day they open a new piece of puzzle of how the world works, curiously perceiving the constructions of society that we built for them. Kids are very fast in separating good things from bad by building a big wall in between and very often when they meet someone who looks or acts differently, they immediately put them on the other side of this wall. Screening this metaphorical story I want to illustrate that wall as the ice of the lake - how important it is to be open and attentive to others, be them weaker, smaller or just different. Stop motion is the biggest passion of my life. This is my 2nd short and if the first one was a great adventure, this time i know what I am doing. :) It will be funny and exciting, with lots of gasps and pants. The materials and colors of the film will give a warm feeling, all set design (even ice and water) and of course puppets will be hand made, creating this supernatural feeling.


Ignas Meilūnas

Justė Beniušytė

Country of production


Target audience

children 4-8

Animation Technique

stop motion

Production company

Kadru skyrius

Looking for

co-producer, financing, stop motion animators


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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