The Island of Salamanders

The Island of Salamanders

Washed up on a wild island with her father, businessman at large, Juliet, 10 years old, meets an astonishing giant salamander.

Washed up on a wild island with her father, businessman at large, Juliet, 10 years old, meets an astonishing giant salamander. The animal and its fellows have been vegetating on the nearby small island surrounded by sharks. The girl and the beast become friends. However the old Pramana warned her : if the salamanders are freed, they will invade the world …

Director’s statement
The Czech writer Karel Capek (1890-1938), a true visionary, the man who invented the word robot1, imagined how things could go off the rails almost one century ago. And here we are now. His unclassifiable novel masterpiece, The war with the newts (1936), depicts our world as it has actually become today. On the verge of ruin. Out of the book dealing with political, economical, geographical, scientific, cultural issues, we have extracted the essence out of this literary monument and have made up an original story with it. Its narrative, its structure and all the characters have all been invented. We have developed them in one single setting and its time period is nowadays. It is a story we want to tell from the point of view of an 10 year old child, with her energy, her enthusiasm and her hope, so typical of her age. It is a family film. It should talk to children and to the child we still hold inside of ourselves.

Country of production

France

Target audience

8-12 years old & family

Animation Technique

Unreal Engine, 3D with a 2D render

Production company

Les Contes Modernes

Co-production company

Artichoke (Juraj Krasnohorsky, SK)

Fabian&Fred (Fabian Driehorst, DE)

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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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